The Wizard of Oz Sounds and Music

The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum and was originally released on August 15, 1939. The genre was family the Director was Victor Fleming. The music composer was Harold Arlen and lyrics were written by Yip Harburg.
The Wizard of Oz’s music was done by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and according to Carpenter, “Usually, when you’re accompanying a singer, there’s a natural give and take. Here, there’s just give. But Judy Garland sings ‘Over the Rainbow’ the same way every time, so that’s a good thing,” he laughed, adding that “the whole Munchkin sequence is pretty difficult. There are lots of tempo changes and voices that pop out of nowhere” (Carpenter, 2013). This is a technique that would have to be mastered by the Symphony and the actors. This made for tedious times when playing the songs. The munchkins were much harder as you had lots of people singing and getting it synchronized was even a harder task than just Dorothy. is just a short clip to show how the music came together. It was done first then the film was added to it.
Dialog was the communication among the characters. Just like the scarecrow who needed a brain and he told Dorothy just that and done it with a song If I Only Had A Brain. He wanted to be able to think and to answer things and be smart. It shows by song just how he truly feels that if he gets that brain he will be much better than what he is now.
When the wicked witch is dead at the beginning of the movie and they see Dorothy is not the witch the munchkins start singing a happy song which sets the rest of the music cheerful as you see in this video clip For the most part as the movie goes along the songs are happy and cheerful and only a few songs are dark and sinister as the ones in the witch’s scenes.
As far as sound effects go in the beginning of the movie the animals were a natural sound but there is no way to get a tornado sound from back in 1939 to go along with this movie. Other sounds such as the magical powers from the wicked witch there is the illusion of fantasy. Each sound is important to every part of the film. If anything was to change it would change the whole outlook on the movie. The whole film of The Wizard of Oz goes chronologically in musical order.
A Munchkin Welcome – The Wizard Of Oz. (n.d.). Retrieved March 12, 2015, from
Carpenter, M. (2013, March 10). Music preview: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Heinz Hall, powered by the Pittsburgh Symphony. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA).
If I Only Had a Brain – The Wizard of Oz (4/8) Movie CLIP (1939) HD. (n.d.). Retrieved March 12, 2015, from
The Wicked Witch Is Dead. (n.d.). Retrieved March 12, 2015, from


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