A History of Film Music | Newberry

A History of Film Music

Led by John Gibbons. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Wednesdays, February 13 – March 20

2 - 4 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 8 at 9 am** – January 25 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (January 25 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Seminar Description

Music, whether original or borrowed, has often determined the character and emotional gravity of the greatest films. Some movies, such as Taxi Driver, Vertigo, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, are almost unimaginable without their scores. This seminar will present a roughly chronological survey of the most significant film scores, from older masterpieces by Korngold and Hermann to newer works from the present day. Relevant clips will be presented with commentary and analysis.
Six sessions. E - $220, L - $242

John Gibbons teaches piano, composition, music theory, and a variety of music appreciation classes for adults. He holds a PhD in music composition from the University of Chicago and is a long-time instructor at the University of Chicago Graham School and the Newberry Library.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.