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The Role of Music in Clockwork Orange (book & movie)

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Transcript of The Role of Music in Clockwork Orange (book & movie)

The Role of Music in "A Clockwork Orange"
Introduction
Conclusion: The Role of Music in
"A Clockwork Orange"
Classical Music
The effect of music on Alex:
Violence & Tantrums
Burgess' Choice of Beethoven
1. The choice of music
Book:
a. Classical music vs. modern music (book)
b. Why the Ninth Symphony? (book)
Movie:
a. Stanley Kubrick choice of music

2. The effect music on Alex's
a. Classical music: Violence/tantrums
b. Character depth

Modern music vs. Classical Music
Choice of music in the Movie
Stanley Kubrick:
Ironic Context

Thieving Magpie:
killing the cat lady
Rossini :
William Tell Overture
By: Khushboo Ali & Annabel Renken
Why the Ninth Symphony?

‘Oh it was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh. The trombones crunched redgold under my bed, and behind my Gulliver the trumpets three-wise silverflamed, and there by the door the timps rolling through my guts and out again crunched like candy thunder. Oh, it was wonder of wonders. And then, a bird of like rarest spun heavenmetal, or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now, came the violin solo above all the other strings, and those strings were like a cage of silk round my bed. The flute and oboe bored, like worms of like platinum, into the thick toffee gold and silver. I was in such bliss, my brothers.’

– Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1962)
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Structure: ABA
Disdain towards modern music:
Burgess "twanging nonsense"
Intelligent and cultured
Irony:
"punctuates the height of society"

Human Ascent
1st movement: depicts hell
2nd movement: humans find happiness in everyday pleasures
3rd movement: religion
4th/Final movement: vision of Humanity
Relation to History
Goebbels stated that Beethoven was the best composer
"strength is the morality of the man who stands out from the rest."

Hitler identified himself with Beethoven as possessing that heroic German spirit.
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Music and Violence: Inseparable


“The trombones crunched redgold under my bed, and behind my gulliver the trumpets three-wise silverflamed, and there by the door the timps rolling through my guts and out again crunched like candy thunder. Oh, it was wonder of wonders...
The effect of music on Alex:
After Ludvico technique: feeling of sickness
- Brain forced to think in a different way
“Then I noticed, in all my pain and sickness, what music it was that like crackled and boomed on the sound-track, and it was Ludwig van, the last movement of the Fifth Symphony, and I creeched like bezoomny at that. ‘Stop!’ I creeched. ‘Stop, you grahzny
disgusting sods. It’s a sin, that’s what it is, a filthy unforgivable sin, you bratchnies!’”
Music and character depth
The ability to enjoy classical music
"Oh, it was wonder of wonders. And then, a bird of like rarest spun heavenmetal, or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now, came the violin solo above all the other strings, and those strings were like a cage of silk around my bed. Then flute and oboe bored, like worms of like platinum, into the thick thick toffee gold and silver. I was in such bliss, my brothers.”
Why did Burgess choose to have music play such a large role in the book?
Totalitarian Regime -Nazi Germany
Platonic Ideas:
who argued that the enjoyment of music must be suppressed if social order is to be preserved.

Soul:
'the authorial instence that the Beast would be suspectible to Beauty. At a stroke, and without sentimentality, Alex is decisively realigned. He has now been equipped with a soul, and even a suspicion of innocence'
1. The choice of music
Book:
a. Classical music vs. modern music (book)
b. Why the Ninth Symphony? (book)
Movie:
a. Stanley Cubrick choice of music

2. The effect music on Alex's
a. Classical music: Violence/tantrums
b. Character depth

- Strength to character
- The joyfulness of music emphasizes on Alex's insanity
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