Death and the Donkey: Schubert at Random in Au Hasard, Balthazar

McDonald, Matthew
September 2007
Musical Quarterly;Fall/Winter2007, Vol. 90 Issue 3/4, p446
Academic Journal
The article focuses on Robert Bresson's 1966 film "Au Hasard, Balthazar," whose musical soundtrack consists primarily of parts of the Andantino movement from Franz Schubert's A-major Piano Sonata, D. 959. It states that Bresson's approach to classical music ran counter to the most significant currents in film music in several ways. It discusses that Bresson's attenuation of dramatic elements was a way of encouraging viewers to concentrate on structural organization and pacing, which he viewed as the true sites of meaning in his films.


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