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TODAY - Tom Schneller presents lecture on film music, "Fearful Symmetries: Music for Doppelgänger Movies"

Contributed by Peter Silberman on 10/29/20 

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The Ithaca Music Forum presents Prof. Tom Schneller of the IC School of Music who will give a lecture on film music via Zoom on Friday, Oct. 30, at 5 pm.  To register for this event go to


  Doubles and alter egos have been a staple of psychological horror since the earliest days of cinema, from Paul Wegener’s The Student of Prague to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, and Brian de Palma. The premise of doubling provides a rich terrain of metaphoric possibilities for composers. In this talk, Dr. Schneller will discuss scores for Doppelgänger films including Bernard Herrmann's Cape Fear (1962) and Sisters (1973) and Andrew Hewitt's The Double (2013). Each of these scores features sophisticated metaphoric cross-domain mappings between musical structure and dramatic premise, in which the concept of duality or split personality is reflected in the domain of music through techniques like repetition, inversion, retrograde, and intervallic doubling. 

Tom Schneller is a composer and film music scholar whose research focuses on issues of structure and semantics of harmony in film music. He has published book chapters as well as articles and reviews in The Musical Quarterly, The Journal of Film Music, and Popular Music History, among others. Tom studied music, film, and literature at Sarah Lawrence College and at Oxford University and received his doctorate in composition from Cornell University in 2008. He has taught music history and theory at Cornell and IC. 

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