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THE AVENGERS

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Harrison Li

on 16 October 2013

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Transcript of THE AVENGERS

MELODIC MOVEMENTS
THE AVENGERS
THE AVENGERS
The Avengers is a movie released May 1, 2012. It talks of how 6 heroes unite with the peace keeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D. to ward off the evil Loki who plans to take over the world.
SCENE FROM THE AVENGERS
The theme song of The Avengers movie is characteristically 'Superhero". It incorporates many strong chords and syncopated rhythm of notes that are important to the melody of the song. These all lead up to the true melody of the Avengers theme, the 'scene motif' which is the only section that is played in the scene of the movie which is embedded below. The theme song was composed by Alan Silvestri.
IN THE BEGINNING...
The Avengers theme starts with dotted rhythm of several repeated notes. It gradually works itself up the scale before descending again. This creates the mood of suspense and builds up the sense of heroism which climaxes when the melody starts. Later it is used as an ostinato until when the 'scene' motif starts.
INSTRUMENTS USED
Instruments used include
string instruments
percussion including snare drums
bass instruments (trumpets and trombones)
Sound synthesiser
Conclusion
THE AVENGERS THEME SONG is Characteristically 'superhero.' It incorporates STRONG CHORDS and DOTTED RHYTM to build up suspense and heroic qualities before the SCENE MOTIF which incorporates LONG NOTES and DOMINANT INTERVALS to express the true awesomeness of the Heroes in the movie and the movie itself. The Avengers theme song uses many INSTRUMENTS including STRING INSTRUMENTS and BASS INSTRUMENTS. Overall it is an effective theme in expressing the movie's character and the setting of the movie, THE AVENGERS.
THE THEME SONG
THE THEME SONG IN DETAIL
THE LEADUP TO 'SCENE' MOTIF
THE lead up to the 'scene' motif can be said to be an extension on the beginning of the theme. It incorporates The Beginning as the ostinato. The melody is a recurring melodic line called a sequence. It repeats 3 times before the 'scene' motif starts. It starts with a dominant interval followed by octave and a succession of steps up and down the scale before ending with another dominant interval.
'SCENE MOTIF'
The 'scene' motif is by far the most important of the Avengers Theme as the only motif to be played in the movie. It actually starts led by a short introduction before beginning from a sequence of bass notes and incorporates very few notes in the actual melody but the notes are all long in length. It first repeats the tonic note which is the most important of the notes and moves to the dominant of the scale which then descends in steps back to the tonic. It then repeats the sequence but instead for stepping down from the dominant it steps up before holding out on the dominant. This sequence is repeated an octave higher developing into a more interesting, more heroic sounding version of the melody.
THE THEME SONG IN MORE DETAIL
The Theme Song is in three sections the beginning, the leadup and the 'Scene Motif.' The Scene motif is the only section of the theme song that is played in the actual movie (not the credits like the rest of the piece).

THE Theme Song is in 4/4 time. It is in E minor before modulating into E minor when the 'Scene Motif starts.'
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