Radio used Music to broadcast from the very first moment since audio its essential element. The broadcast of tracks popularize Music styles that had not been known.
Radio Format is a term that refers to a type of FM stations with specialized themes (sports, Music, news) and became very popular from the fifties of the twentieth century.
Variety shows used Music as entertainment and were there at the origin of Rock in the early years. But it was the imitation of the Radio Format that led to the most popular television formats for music: the Music Video.
MTV began broadcasting in 1981 and its programming consists exclusively of everything related to the world of music, from music to news produced by the industry and mainly of Music or Song Videos.
Television programs often start with Music; with a recognizable tune called 'opening'. They are automatically associated with the series or TV program.
The first screening of the Lumiere brothers' movie (December 25, 1895) had a pianist playing along the moving images. In screening rooms with increased capacity (theaters actually) they even had organs as Wurlitzer imitating the sounds of an orchestra and those of special sound effects. The performers usually played and improvise over well-known melodies until the film gained enough entity to allow renowned composers to write the first film scores.
Soundtracks (OST for short) began with the first pianists who accompanied the films in cinemas and the first composers who wrote specifically for a particular film (mainly for German directors Lang and Murnau).
The arrival of talking pictures had a peculiar effect, as the focus was on the dialogue and sound effects, Music was relegated to the background. But in the forties and this happens until now, Music occupies a special place in the history of cinema.
If the action of a theatrical performance presents Music, there are several possibilities when it comes to its classification.
Some Scenic Music uses singing and Music as its only element, like Opera. There could be part of the text that is read aloud along the singing and Music, like in Musicals, Operetta and Zarzuela. Sometimes there is only Music, like in Ballet and Pantomime. And another option is a variety program, like Vaudeville and Music Hall.
But there is one Music that accompany spoken dramas and comedies: Incidental Music.
And this one, I couldn't resist it. Although it is from a Cartoon (meaning Movie or TV) it is a lovely example of Incidental Music.
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