Composing for the Cinema: The Tpb

Composing for the Cinema: The Tpb


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With nearly 400 scores to his credit, Ennio Morricone is one of the most prolific and influential film composers working today. He has collaborated with many significant directors, and his scores for such films as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; Once Upon a Time in America; Days of Heaven; The Mission; The Untouchables; Malena; and Cinema Paradiso leave moviegoers with the conviction that something special was achieved--a conviction shared by composers, scholars, and fans alike. In Composing for the Cinema: The Theory and Praxis of Music in Film, Morricone and musicologist Sergio Miceli present a series of lectures on the composition and analysis of film music. Adapted from several lectures and seminars, these lessons show how sound design can be analyzed and offer a variety of musical solutions to many different kinds of film. Though aimed at composers, Morricone's expositions are easy to understand and fascinating even to those without any musical training. Drawing upon scores by himself and others, the composer also provides insight into his relationships with many of the directors with whom he has collaborated, including Sergio Leone, Giuseppe Tornatore, Franco Zeffirelli, Warren Beatty, Ridley Scott, Roland Joffe, the Taviani Brothers, and others. Translated and edited by Gillian B. Anderson, an orchestral conductor and musicologist, these lessons reveal Morricone's passion about musical expression. Delivered in a conversational mode that is both comprehensible and interesting, this groundbreaking work intertwines analysis with practical details of film music composition. Aimed at a wide audience of composers, musicians, film historians, and fans, Composing for the Cinema contains a treasure trove of practical information and observations from a distinguished musicologist and one of the most accomplished composers on the international film scene.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810892415
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/10/2013
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ennio Morricone has written scores for nearly 400 films. In 2007 he received an honorary Academy award for his significant contribution to the art of film music, the only composer to be so recognized.

Sergio Miceli is an Italian musicologist whose many analyses, particularly of Morricone’s scores, have established film music as a major artifact of the 20th century.

Gillian B. Anderson is an orchestral conductor and musicologist who has reconstructed the scores for over 40 pre-1929 classic films and performed them with orchestras and at film festivals around the world.

Table of Contents

Translator's Note Gillian B. Anderson vii

Editor's Note Laura Gallenga ix

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations xiii

1 Introduction: The Composer in the Cinema 1

2 Audiovisual Analysis-Part 1 11

3 Production Procedures 53

4 Audiovisual Analysis-Part 2: Elements for the Definition of a Film-Musical Dramaturgy 73

5 Premix and Final Mix: The Recording and Sound Design 129

6 Compositional Elements: Timbre, Use of Themes, Characteristic Stylistic Features, and Combinations of Styles 163

7 Questions and Answers 217

Appendix 1 Composing for the Cinema: A Manifesto 249

Appendix 2 Writing for the Cinema: Aspects and Problems of a Compositional Activity of Our Time 253

Filmography 261

Bibliography [to 1999] 271

Index 277

About the Authors and Translator 295

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