Knowledge Organization in Film Music and its Theatrical Origins

Recapitulation and Coda


  • William H. Rosar University of California, San Diego



Musicological film studies, film music, melodrama, Kinothek, photoplay music, The Twilight Zone


The knowledge organization of film scores composed today reflects the history of repertoire practice systematized by the Kinothek (Cinema Library) of the silent era, which was based upon the melos of theatrical stage melodrama in the nineteenth century. Musicology can only benefit from understanding that system of knowledge organization and applying it to studying the practice of film scoring, past and present.


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How to Cite

Rosar, W. H. (2013). Knowledge Organization in Film Music and its Theatrical Origins: Recapitulation and Coda. Journal of Film Music, 5(1-2), 207–215.