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We'll Meet AgainMusical Design in the Films of Stanley Kubrick$
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Kate McQuiston

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199767656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199767656.001.0001

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Reimagining Music in Barry Lyndon

Reimagining Music in Barry Lyndon

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(p.87) 4 Reimagining Music in Barry Lyndon
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We'll Meet Again
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Kate McQuiston

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199767656.003.0005

Chapter 4 explores numerous steps and facets in Kubrick’s working process regarding music in Barry Lyndon, with special attention to the slow movement of Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio in E-flat, op. 100, a work which Kubrick’s producer Jan Harlan recomposed and had re-recorded for the film. Schubert’s piece is also considered with relation to its status as a late-style work, a tack that views late style as both an articulation of the composer’s cognizance of mortality and an answer to it. This strategy emphasizes the role of Schubert’s music in the estrangement and ultimate destruction of the central characters.

Keywords:   Barry Lyndon, William Makepeace Thackeray, adaptation, Franz Schubert, late style, adapting and altering original compositions, Stanley Kubrick Archive

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