The Hollywood Film Music Reader

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A rich and informative look at the experiences of composers working under high pressure in the US film industry, The Hollywood Film Music Reader brings readers from film's earliest days to the modern blockbuster era. Beginning with the origins of movie music in the heyday of silent film, the book traces film music's progress through Hollywood's so-called Golden Age to changes in musical styles and working practices from the 1960s to the present. Also included are vivid first-hand accounts from composers such as George Antheil, Elmer Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Adolph Deutsch, Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Henry Mancini, Thomas Newman, André Previn, David Raksin, Miklós Rózsa, Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, Franz Waxman, and John Williams, along with testimonies from composers working in animation and documentary film. The book concludes with a section of criticism and commentary, including an essay on film music by Sidney Lumet and Igor Stravinsky's provocative views on the subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195331189
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mervyn Cooke is Professor of Music at the University of Nottingham. His many books include monographs and edited volumes on the music of Benjamin Britten, jazz, twentieth-century opera, and film music.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction
I From 'Silents' to Sound
1. Max Winkler: 'The Origins of Film Music'
2. T. Scott Buhrman: 'Photoplays De Luxe'
3. Ernö Rapée: 'Musical Accompaniment to the Feature Picture'
4. An Interview with Gaylord Carter, 'Dean of Theater Organists'
5. Leonid Sabaneev: 'The Composition of Music for the Cinema'
II Film Composers in Their Own Words
6. Max Steiner: 'Scoring the Film'
7. David Raksin: 'Life With Charlie'
8. Aaron Copland: 'Our New Music'
9. Ingolf Dahl: 'Notes on Cartoon Music'
10. Scott Bradley: 'Personality on the Soundtrack'
11. Conversations with Carl Stalling
12. Dimitri Tiomkin: 'Please Don't Hate Me!'
13. A Radio Interview with Franz Waxman
14. Gail Kubik: 'Music in Documentary Films'
15. Adolph Deutsch on Three Strangers
16. Miklós Rózsa on Quo Vadis
17. André Previn: 'No Minor Chords'
18. Henry Mancini: 'Did They Mention the Music?'
19. Bernard Herrmann: A Lecture on Film Music
20. A Conversation with Jerry Goldsmith
21. John Williams and Star Wars
22. Thomas Newman on his Film Music
III Critics and Commentators
23. George Antheil: 'I Am Not a Businessman'
24. Igor Stravinsky on Film Music
25. David Raksin: 'Hollywood Strikes Back'
26. Theodor Adorno and Hanns Eisler: 'Composing for the Films'
27. Frederick W. Sternfeld on Hugo Friedhofer's The Best Years of Our Lives
28. Aaron Copland in the Film Studio
29. Lawrence Morton: 'Composing, Orchestrating, and Criticizing'
30. Elmer Bernstein: 'Film Composers vs. The Studios'
31. Sidney Lumet: A Director's Viewpoint Credits Index

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