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How music in film allows fundamental changes of perspective


As part of my studies of emotional interaction between film and music, I rescored back in 2013 the very cute short film by Raphaël Huchon two times.
Since his movie has a very clear separation of the two protagonists the father and the child, I decided to score those two characters by taking musically their personal perspectives. Instead of interchanging between the perspectives of the characters, as I would consider to do it, if I'd score only one version, I stayed constantly with either the father or the child.

Scoring the music precisely to the movements of the movie gives us form and connection, but working the overall musical tone out of the dramaturgical core of the characters adds space for interpretation and meaning. I wanted to work two times with the same instrumentation (fl, ob, hrn, string quintett) to focus on deeper aspects of the music:

Clearly the most obvious difference between the two versions is the tempo, but the more fundamental is their different gesture. While the child's version is very playful and cute, the father's version transmits a certain dignity and wisdom. Through the music the child seems to discover every little detail, while the father has a calm look on everything and focusses rather on the course of life.

While I showed the two version to different people, I discovered that their length feels differently for different persons. One of the interesting observations was, that children tend to consider the father's version  longer, while adults consider the children's version longer.

What's your impression on the different feeling of length of the two versions?

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