This essay will set out to analyze the main musical theme in the film “The Master.” My interest in this research is due equally to my admiration for Greenwood’s music and Paul Thomas Anderson’s films. I find that the squeamish subject matter portrayed in Anderson’s films is complemented well by the indeterminate, and sometimes chaotic orchestral music written by Greenwood. By focusing on the reoccurring theme in the film, Overtones, I will show how it is informed by Krzysztof Penderecki’s concert work, Polymorphia. While this analysis will go into theoretical detail with the time constraints provided, I find that it would be beneficial to complete a thorough analysis of the whole soundtrack and compare it with more of Penderecki’s work.
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Snively, Justin. “The Master: How Krzysztof Penderecki’s Polymorphia Informs One of Jonny Greenwood’s Main Themes for the Film.” Master's Project, Berklee College of Music, 2016. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-scoring/45.