Meaning and Interpretation of Music in Cinema

Meaning and Interpretation of Music in Cinema

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By exploring the relationship between music and the moving image in film narrative, David Neumeyer shows that film music is not conceptually separate from sound or dialogue, but that all three are manipulated and continually interact in the larger acoustical world of the sound track. In a medium in which the image has traditionally trumped sound, Neumeyer turns our attention to the voice as the mechanism through which narrative (dialog, speech) and sound (sound effects, music) come together. Complemented by music examples, illustrations, and contributions by James Buhler, Meaning and Interpretation of Music in Cinema is the capstone of Neumeyer's 25-year project in the analysis and interpretation of music in film.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 154.94 x 234.95 x 19.05mm | 648.63g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 73 music exx., 129 b&w illus.
  • 0253016428
  • 9780253016423

About David P. Neumeyer

David Neumeyer is Marlene and Morton Meyerson Professor of Music in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, The University of Texas at Austin.James Buhler is Associate Professor of Music Theory in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, The University of Texas at Austin.
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Neumeyer introduces an eloquent and all inclusive film music theory that focuses on the spectator's mental activities (revealed through systematic analysis) in constructing and enhancing meanings through music and sound in cinema. * Music and Letters * Neumeyer . . . expands his significant contribution to film music studies with this magisterial volume. . . . Essential. * Choice *
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Table of contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsPart 1: Meaning and Interpretation1. Music in the Vococentric Cinema2. Tools for Analysis and InterpretationPart 2: Music in the Mix: Casablancaby David Neumeyer and James Buhler3. Acoustic Stylization: The Film's Sound World4. Music and Utopia: A Reading of the Reunion Scene5. The Reunion Scene's ContextsPart 3: Topics and Tropes: Two Preludes by Bach6. Performers Onscreen7. Underscore: Four Studies of the Prelude in C MajorNotesBibliographyIndex
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