• Kendra Leonard deposited Musical Mimesis in Orphans of the Storm in the group Group logo of MS Screen Arts and CultureMS Screen Arts and Culture on MLA Commons 2 weeks ago

    In this essay I explore the use of musical mimesis in the score for D. W. Griffith’s 1921 film Orphans of the Storm. I demonstrate that the score, created by Louis F. Gottschalk and William Frederick Peters, offers coherence through the use of central themes and the employment of several characteristic leitmotivs; provides recognizable musical characterizations of emotions and physical phenomena, establishing a consistent mimetic aspect to the music; and reflects the structure of the film as a whole.