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Cinema's AlchemistThe Films of Péter Forgács$
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Bill Nichols and Michael Renov

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816648740

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816648740.001.0001

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Taking the Part for the Whole

Taking the Part for the Whole

Some Thoughts Inspired by the Film Music of Tibor Szemzö

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Cinema's Alchemist

Tamás Korányi

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter provides an overview of Tibor Szemzö’s music and his collaboration on Forgács’s films. From a foundation in classical and early music, Szemzö eventually arrived at minimalism as a favored style. Pop music has also had a significant influence on him, while his improvisational ability owes much to jazz. However, the influence of John Cage’s approach—the combination of accident and strict design can be felt throughout his work. Szemzö argues that the potential for music lies everywhere. His music of chanted words fuses with Free Fall’s idyllic pictures to generate the film’s astonishing power. A significant part of Szemzö’s work has been associated with film music. His works of film music nevertheless possess a life of their own: they cannot be classed together with film music in the traditional sense.

Keywords:   Tibor Szemzö, music, collaboration, Forgács, films, classical, jazz, film music

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