Composers: To Touch a Moment

Music education that takes place in the dark classrooms of the movie theater begins with the lesson that love is a violin. Soon the moviegoer learns that modern jazz means trouble in the streets and that war is brass with cymbals. Worry and fear are both cellos, bravery is a trumpet call, and God is the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra. Film fans once trusted such associations implicitly, like cobras listening for their charmer's clarinet, but lately they have been startled by the sound of surprise. The new and higher esthetic of the...

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