The Hollywood Film Music Reader

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, Andre Previn, David Raksin, Miklos Rozsa, 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 17 film stills
  • 0195331184
  • 9780195331189

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certainly a useful addition to the literature and will be welcomed by students of film music. * Julie Brown, Music and Letters * an invaluable resource... Anyone with an interest in film music, whether as a general reader or serious scholar, should find it illuminating. * Mark Wilderspin, Times Literary Supplement *show more

About Mervyn Cooke

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.show more

Table of contents

ILLUSTRATIONS; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; INTRODUCTION; FROM 'SILENTS' TO SOUND; II FILM COMPOSERS IN THEIR OWN WORDS; III CRITICS AND COMMENTATORS; CREDITS; INDEXshow more

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