Soundtrack : La La Land

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Release Date : 2017        Music By: Justin Hurwitz

1 Another day of Sun (3:48)

Latin beginning breaks out into a quick shuffle which brings about an upbeat feeling to the music. Some of the vocalists in this song are better than others, but the harmonies work to complement each other. Collective together they form a big bounce, swing feeling that occasionally utilises Latin influences. Soloist vocal line is slow and brings about a contrast to the upbeat tempo of the song. Capella musical esc ending.

2 Someone in the Crowd (4:19)

introduction of lead female vocalist (Emma Stone) as she takes centre of the production. To reflect the nature of bettering yourself, the song is upbeat and allows for the mood of the scene that came before to removed. Utilises instrumental sections too break up the lyrics. Vocal codetta section that leads into the songs reprise.

3 Mia and Sebastian’s Theme (1:37)

Piano solo, introducing the lead male character to the proceedings.

4 A Lovely Night (3:56)

Vocal duet between male lead and female lead with big band accompaniment, that showcases the chemistry between the characters. Horn stabs with flowing melody over top come near the final third which brings another dimension to the music. Double time brings about a section of immediacy that allows the tempo of the film to raise.

5 Herman’s Habit (1:51)

Trumpet solo and a fast swing shuffle blend together to form a melody that compliments the film. Piano solo and a horn from a big band accompaniment allows for a seamless blur into a muted trumpet solo, which is then followed by a melody of instruments.

6 City of Star (Pier) (1:50)

City of stars’ motif passed around a variety of different instruments including piano, guitar and finally whistled before vocal entry. Ascending piano scale to cue main vocal entry. The main lyrics are passive and create a feeling of low, before being finale in another whistle solo.

7 Planetarium (4:17)

Interplay within the woodwind parts brings a naturistic feel. Use of tuned percussion adds to this, creating a sense of joy and innocence. Gong then introduction of string parts. Brass interlude brings a feeling of strength (to the relationship most likely). Pizz icato strings finilises the musical piece.

8 Summer Montage/Madeline (2:04)

Big band swing with piano solo, followed by a trombone solo which overplays a montage of footage, therefore bringing proceedings forward while also progressing the characters onscreen narrative.

9 City of Stars (2:29)

Modulated from the original hearing to reflect a more negative outcome of the characters. Female vocalist is more upbeat, reflecting a joy of the character. Interplay between the two different voices, the harmonies are a little bit off but reflect the incompatible nature of the characters and the desire to work together.

10 Star a fire (3:11)

Introduction of new voice and piano accompaniment. Pop ballad style changes the tone of the soundtrack from a sombre reflection into a more forward thinking musical component which works – highlight the evolution of the music. Use of synth creates a symmetrical view on the music that featured thus far.

11 Engagement Party (1:27)

Piano Solo, short and seemingly pointless.

12 Audition (The Fools who Dream) (3:48)

Vocal ballad that utilises a rhyming scheme. Strings introduces the register of instruments that deliver a feeling of reflection. Woodwind in D section, the Ballad climaxes after a strong element in the middle section. Emma Stone can deliver the range of the vocals in this performance

13 Epilogue (7:48)

No new music heard within this piece of the music but instead a medley of recapitulation. The final third consists of a trumpet cadenza. The music then incorporates a choir arrangement that creates a feeling of haunted characters.

14 The End (0.46)

Crescendo on perfect cadence to end the piece.

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