Film Music: A History

Film Music: A History

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by James Wierzbicki
     
 

"Film Music: A History explains the development of film music by considering large-scale aesthetic trends and structural developments alongside socioeconomic, technological, cultural, and philosophical circumstances." The book's four large parts are given over to Music and the "Silent" Film (1894-1927), Music and the Early Sound Film (1894-1933), Music in the… See more details below

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"Film Music: A History explains the development of film music by considering large-scale aesthetic trends and structural developments alongside socioeconomic, technological, cultural, and philosophical circumstances." The book's four large parts are given over to Music and the "Silent" Film (1894-1927), Music and the Early Sound Film (1894-1933), Music in the "Classical-Style" Hollywood Film (1933-1960), and Film Music in the Post-Classic Period (1958-2008). Whereas most treatments of the subject are simply chronicles of "great film scores" and their composers, this book offers a genuine history of film music in terms of societal changes and technological and economic developments within the film industry. Instead of celebrating film-music masterpieces, it deals - logically and thoroughly - with the complex "machine" whose smooth running allowed those occasional masterpieces to happen and whose periodic adjustments prompted the large-scale twists and turns in film music's path.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415991988
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/26/2008
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

1 Introduction

Pt. 1 Music and the "Silent" Film (1894-1927)

2 Origins, 1894-1905

3 The Nickelodeon, 1905-15

4 Feature Films, 1915-27

Pt. 2 Music and the Early Sound Film (1894-1933)

5 The Long Advent of Sound, 1894-1926

6 Vitaphone and Movietone, 1926-8

7 Hollywood's Early Sound Films, 1928-33

Pt. 3 Music in the "Classical-Style" Hollywood Film (1933-60)

8 The "Golden Age" of Film Music, 1933-49

9 Postwar Innovations and the Struggle for Survival, 1949-58

Pt. 4 Film Music in the Post-Classic Period (1958-2008)

10 A "New Wave" of Film Music, 1958-78

11 Eclecticism, 1978-2001

12 Epilogue, 2001-8

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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