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 U.S. 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 firsthand accounts from composers such as ...

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Overview

A rich and informative look at the experiences of composers working under high pressure in the U.S. 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 firsthand 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: 9780195331196
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,446,145
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (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

Introduction vii

I From "Silents" to Sound 1

1 "The Origin of Film Music" (1951) Max Winkler 5

2 "Photoplays De Luxe" (1920) T. Scott Buhrman 15

3 "Musical Accompaniment to the Feature Picture" (1925) Ernö Rapée 21

4 An Interview with Gaylord Carter, "Dean of Theater Organists" (1989) 29

5 Music for the Films (1935) Leonid Sabaneev 39

II Film Composers in Their Own Words 49

6 "Scoring the Film" (1937) Max Steiner 55

7 "Life with Charlie" (1983) David Raksin 69

8 Our New Music (1941) Aaron Copland 83

9 "Notes on Cartoon Music" (1949) Ingolf Dahl 93

10 "Personality on the Soundtrack" (1947) Scott Bradley 101

11 Conversations with Carl Stalling (1971) 107

12 Please Don't Hate Me! (1959) Dimitri Tiomkin 117

13 A Radio Interview with Franz Waxman (1950) 139

14 "Music in Documentary Films" (1945) Gail Kubik 147

15 Adolph Deutsch on Three Strangers (1946) 153

16 "Quo Vadis" (1951) Miklós Rózsa 165

17 No Minor Chords (1991) André Previn 173

18 Did They Mention the Music? (1989) Henry Mancini 189

19 A Lecture on Film Music (1973) Bernard Herrmann 209

20 A Conversation with Jerry Goldsmith (1977) 223

21 John Williams and Star Wars (1997) 233

22 Thomas Newman on His Film Music (1999) 245

III Critics and Commentators 257

23 "I Am Not a Businessman" (1945) George Antheil 259

24 Igor Stravinsky on Film Music (1946) 273

25 "Hollywood Strikes Back" (1948) David Raksin 281

26 Composing for the Films (1947) Theodor Adorno Hanns Eisler 287

27 Frederick W. Sternfeld on Hugo Friedhofer's Best Years of Our Lives (1947) 301

28 Aaron Copland in the Film Studio (1949) 317

29 "Composing, Orchestrating, and Criticizing" (1951) Lawrence Morton 327

30 "Film Composers vs. the Studios" (1976) Elmer Bernstein 341

31 Making Movies (1995) Sidney Lumet 349

Acknowledgments 361

Credits 363

Index 367

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