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Copy of Pirates of the Caribbean

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Julia Pascale

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Transcript of Copy of Pirates of the Caribbean

Film Overview
The first of four
Pirates of the Caribbean
movies was made in 2003 and is called The curse of the Black pearl. This is followed by, the second film 'Dead Man's Chest' , the third film 'At World's end' and finally the fourth film 'On Stranger Tides'. All of these films feature the character of Captain Jack Sparrow played by Johnny Depp who is a pirate during the 18th century. The first 3 films include 2 characters who have fallen in love, the first a blacksmith called Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and the second the daughter of the governor of England, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). In the Curse of the Black Pearl, Elizabeth Swann has been kidnapped by the cursed pirate that sails on Captain Sparrow's ship the Black pearl, Captain Barbossa. Will turner seeks help from Captain Sparrow to find her not knowing of the ancient curse that is upon Captain Barbossa and his crew. Captain Sparrow agrees on one condition that he gets to steal his ship back.
Composer- Hans Zimmer
The main title of The Pirates of the Caribbean was composed by Hans Zimmer. Hans Zimmer is a german film composer and music producer. He has composed music for over 100 films some of his most famous include, The Lion King, Madagascar, The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more. He is the head of the music division at Dreamworks and composes music for most of their movies. He was born on the 12th of September 1957 and started composing music at the age of twenty for a band named The Buggles. Zimmer's career in film music started in 1988 when he was asked to compose the music for a film called 'Rain Man'. He then went on to compose his other films and eventually composed Pirates of the Caribbean's music featured in the film.
Pirates of the Caribbean Main title
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Pirates of the Caribbean
He's a Pirate

The Pirates of the Caribbean theme (He's a pirate) is played at a fast pace throughout the whole song but gets faster at some parts than others for example the beginning of He's a pirate is played at a normal tempo but as the song goes onto the main part the tempo increases to a very fast pace. The time signature of this piece is 6/8. The beat is this theme is very strong and regular There are no large changes tempo. The note values in this main title are quite short and are played staccato. Many of the notes are also accented.
He's a Pirate is played at low pitch with notes played on the treble cleff, below middle C. The melody moves in small steps. The notes move up and down the scale (back and forth) creating a wave like motion which is relevant to the film as it is about pirates and how they sail on the sea. The notes are accented whenever they are played high and move down in small steps very quickly. The melody in this piece is repeated often and is played strongly. There is also a very soft harmony played under the main melody which is played on the bass clef. The key of this piece of music is played in D minor.
He's a Pirate is played loud for the entire piece. The start of this theme is played at mezzo forte/moderately loud (
) where as the melody is played at forte/loud (
). These loud dynamics help to create the atmosphere of adventure and danger which are the themes of the film. Some expressive techniques used in this piece include crescendos, there are many crescendos in the leads up to the main melody at the beginning and towards the end of the piece. Ties are also used in this piece where as slurs are rarely used in this piece. Slurs are used towards the end where it is building up to the final melody. The main expressive techniques used in this piece are staccatos and accents these are played on most notes.
Dynamics and Expressive Techniques
Tone Colour & Texture
He's a pirate is played with a full orchestra. The beginning or intro to ths piece is played by the strings family on a D during this whole section. The piece then goes into the main section which is repeated throughout the piece multiple times which is played by the brass family (trumpets, trombones, saxophones, tubas and french horns), the string family (violins, violas, cellos, double bass), woodwind (clarinets, flutes, bassoons, and oboes) and finally a series of percussion instruments including the timpani, cymbals and a bass drum. The second time the melody is played it is being played by the spanish guitar. These instruments produce a loud and powerful sound that creates an adventurous atmosphere that is perfect for the setting of pirates. In this piece there are many layers that are played by many different instruments to create a thick texture. The only section of this piece that has a thin texture is the intro of this piece, it is only played by the string instruments and does not produce many layers when played
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