Film Music and Beyond: Writings on Music and the Screen, 1946-59

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Between 1946 and 1959, the most outspoken voice in British film music was that of the celebrated Austrian émigré critic, Hans Keller (1919-85). He argued passionately for 'the need for competent film music criticism', laid out the main topics of the day, and studied the contribution of all the main British composers and many others besides. In particular he championed William Alwyn, Arthur Benjamin and Alan Rawsthorne as well as the more established names of Auric, Bernstein, Britten, Thomson, Vaughan Williams ...

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Overview

Between 1946 and 1959, the most outspoken voice in British film music was that of the celebrated Austrian émigré critic, Hans Keller (1919-85). He argued passionately for 'the need for competent film music criticism', laid out the main topics of the day, and studied the contribution of all the main British composers and many others besides. In particular he championed William Alwyn, Arthur Benjamin and Alan Rawsthorne as well as the more established names of Auric, Bernstein, Britten, Thomson, Vaughan Williams and Walton. In 1959 he also devoted a column to 'television music'. This important collection of writings will form a vital complement to the contemporary Composing for the Film by Hanns Eisler and Theodor Adorno, and will provide an invaluable and unparalleled account of a great age for film music. Includes line drawings by Milein Cosman.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780954012366
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Series: Hans Keller Archive
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     xi
Acknowledgments     xxxi
A Note on the Text     xxxii
Preface
The Need for Competent Film Music Criticism     3
A pamphlet for those who care about FILM AS ART, with a final section for those who do not
Film Music Topics
The Psychology of Film Music     21
Master of Bankdam
La belle at la bete
The News and the Muse     25
Featured Music: 'Classical' Quotations
The Question of Quotation     30
Apartment for Peggy
Fools Rush In
Lady Hamilton
La symphonie pastorale
Reply to Pizzetti     32
Hollywood
Hollywood Music - Another View     36
Various
Hollywood Orchestrators: The Dragon Shows His Teeth     41
The Heiress
From Auden to Hollywood (Through Route)     47
Born to be Bad
British Film Music
An Appeal to Constructive Consciences     51
Film Music: British     53
LCMC-ICA Failure     57
Film Music of the World
Continental, British and American     60
La Ronde
Three Telegrams
Appointment with Venus, Man in the White Suit
Where No Vultures Fly
Rommel: Desert Fox Letter from an Unknown Woman
World Review     63
La belle et la bete
5 Fingers
Viva Zapata!
Invitation
Madchen mit Beziehungen
Der Schatten des Herrn Monitor
Maria Theresia
LosOlvidados
Mademoiselle Julie
Film-musical Ingredients
Film-musical Atmosphere     67
Holiday Camp
Douce
The Two Mrs. Carrolls
Music in Documentar3y Film     68
The Edinburgh Festival
The Film Dirge     70
Fame is the Spur
The White Unicorn
Jungle Book
Uncle Silas
Bataille du Rail
The Simple Tune     71
Shoe Shine
The Well-digger's Daughter
La maternelle
Instruments of the Orchestra
Vivere in pace
It Always Rains on Sunday
Noise as Leitmotiv     74
It Always Rains on Sunday
Uncle Silas
Great Expectations; Brighton Rock
Noisy Music and Musical Noise     79
White Corridors
Tonal Structures; The Documentary Approach; The Function of 'Featured' Music     82
Turn the Key Softly
L'assassinat du Duc de Guise
The Blue Lamp, The Square Ring
A Queen is Crowned; Gilbert and Sullivan
Man on a Tightrope; The Man Between
Valley of Song
The Beggar's Opera
Problems of Integration     84
The Night My Number Came Up
War in the Air
Picasso
The Great Adventure
Sawdust and Tinsel
Speech Rhythm     87
The Ship that Died of Shame, The Rocking Horse Winner
Films and the Ballet     91
The Red Shoes
Steps of the Ballet
Filmized' Opera and Oratorio
Revolution or Retrogression?     94
The Barber of Seville
Another Filmed Opera     98
Rigoletto
Tales from the Vienna Hollywoods     100
St. Matthew Passion
Carmen a la Hollywood     103
Carmen Jones
The Operatic Problem     106
Madame Butterfly
Film Music Composers
'William Alwyn: Bad and Great Work': Cure for Love, The Rocking Horse Winner     111
'Malcom Arnold Oscarred': The Bridge on the River Kwai     116
'Georges Auric at Film Music's Best': La p...respectueuse     119
Oliver Twist     123
The Conquest of Everest, Above Us the Waves     125
On the Waterfront     133
Night Mail; 'A Film Analysis of the Orchestra': A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra     137
The Third Man     146
The Threepenny Opera
The Case of Dr. Laurent     149
Hans Christian Anderson     150
The Medium     151
West of Zanzibar, Lease of Life, The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci (2 essays)     154
'The Film-Musical Art of Renzo Rosselini': Roma, citta aperta     166
Graham Sutherland     167
Louisiana Story     168
Scott of the Antartic     172
La beaute du Diable     174
Hamlet     178
Film Music Criticism: (Composite Columns)
'Film Music: Some Objections'
Spellbound     183
Quiet Weekend
Beware of Pity
From This Day Forward
Un revenant     186
London Belongs to Me
The Winslow Boy
The Fallen Idol
Night Song
'Film Music and No Film Music'   Ian Whyte Bonnie Prince Charlie     187
Secret Beyond the Door, 'No Film Music' Le corbeau, Scarface, The Small Voice, Rope)
Another Shore
It's Hard to be Good, Vice Versa, Lady Rohesia
Once a Jolly Swagman
Rachel and the Stranger
Don't Trust Your Husband     188
Vote for Hugget
The History of Mr. Polly
Silent Dust
The Small Back Room
Steps of the Ballet
Once Upon a Dream
'Nine Swiss Shorts'     190
Christopher Columbus192
Trottie True
Iris
Lulu (film sequence from the opera)
'Chromatic C major'
The Land     193
Give Us This Day
The Net     195
Alcoholism, Agriculture, Productivity
The Last Bridge
The Overcoat
Bad Day at Black Rock
White Feather
There's No Business like Show Business
El Bruto
On the Waterfront
A Kid for Two Farthings, The Prisoner     198
Sawdust and Tinsel
'Maximum Effort' from War in the Air
'Fifty North' from War in the Air
The Lavender Hill Mob     200
Manana
Charley Moon
The Man Who Never Was
A Short Vision, A Town Like Alice
Richard III
'Background and Foreground Music'     202
A Kid for Two Farthings
Smiley
The Man Who Knew Too Much
My Teenage Daughter
['Tonal Structures'] 'No Music'     205
A Hill in Korea
The Iron Petticoat
'The International Scene'
Television Music
Unite, Lowbrows!     213
'Personality': BBC and ITV     216
For or Against?     219
Welcome to William Glock     222
Problem of Production     225
Lunch with Lionel Salter: Education, Billings and Announcements     228
NATO and Eurovision     231
ITV Steps In; Producing String Players; New TV Opera; Thought for the Century     234
The Musical Future     237
Bibliography     241
Index     247
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