Reel Music

Author: Roger Hickman
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 0393937666
Release Date: 2017-01-15
Genre: Music

The #1 film music text, now with more attention to international films.

Film Music A History

Author: James Wierzbicki
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135851439
Release Date: 2009-01-21
Genre: Music

Film Music: A History explains the development of film music by considering large-scale aesthetic trends and structural developments alongside socioeconomic, technological, cultural, and philosophical circumstances. The book’s four large parts are given over to Music and the "Silent" Film (1894--1927), Music and the Early Sound Film (1895--1933), Music in the "Classical-Style" Hollywood Film (1933--1960), and Film Music in the Post-Classic Period (1958--2008). Whereas most treatments of the subject are simply chronicles of "great film scores" and their composers, this book offers a genuine history of film music in terms of societal changes and technological and economic developments within the film industry. Instead of celebrating film-music masterpieces, it deals—logically and thoroughly—with the complex ‘machine’ whose smooth running allowed those occasional masterpieces to happen and whose periodic adjustments prompted the large-scale twists and turns in film music’s path.

The Oxford Handbook of Film Music Studies

Author: David Neumeyer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190250591
Release Date: 2015-03-12
Genre: Music

The Oxford Handbook of Film Music Studies gathers two dozen original essays that chart the history and current state of interdisciplinary scholarship on music in audiovisual media, focusing on four areas: history, genre and medium, analysis and criticism, and interpretation.

A Research Guide to Film and Television Music in the United States

Author: Jeannie G. Pool
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780810876880
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Music

This volume addresses the difficulties scholars encounter when conducting research on film and television music, providing a detailed taxonomy of film music primary sources and explaining how to find and interpret them. The authors tackle the problems of determining film score authorship and working with recordings of film music. A bibliographic essay summarizes the major works and trends in film music research and provides clear pointers to the most important resources in the field.

The Encyclopedia of Film Composers

Author: Thomas S. Hischak
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442245501
Release Date: 2015-04-16
Genre: Performing Arts

For more than a century, original music has been composed for the cinema. From the early days when live music accompanied silent films to the present in which a composer can draw upon a full orchestra or a lone synthesizer to embody a composition, music has been an integral element of most films. By the late 1930s, movie studios had established music departments, and some of the greatest names in film music emerged during Hollywood’s Golden Age, including Alfred Newman, Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Bernard Herrmann. Over the decades, other creators of screen music offered additional memorable scores, and some composers—such as Henry Mancini, Randy Newman, and John Williams—have become household names. The Encyclopedia of Film Composers features entries on more than 250 movie composers from around the world. It not only provides facts about these artists but also explains what makes each composer notable and discusses his or her music in detail. Each entry includes Biographical material Important dates Career highlights Analysis of the composer’s musical style Complete list of movie credits This book brings recognition to the many men and women who have written music for movies over the past one hundred years. In addition to composers from the United States and Great Britain, artists from dozens of other countries are also represented. A rich resource of movie music history, The Encyclopedia of Film Composers will be of interest to fans of cinema in general as well as those who want to learn more about the many talented individuals who have created memorable scores.

Aesthetics of Music

Author: Stephen Downes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136486906
Release Date: 2014-06-27
Genre: Music

Aesthetics of Music: Musicological Approaches is an anthology of fourteen essays, each addressing a single key concept or pair of terms in the aesthetics of music, collectively serving as an authoritative work on musical aesthetics that remains as close to 'the music' as possible. Each essay includes musical examples from works in the 18th, 19th, and into the 20th century. Topics have been selected from amongst widely recognised central issues in musical aesthetics, as well as those that have been somewhat neglected, to create a collection that covers a distinctive range of ideas. All essays cover historical origins, sources, and developments of the chosen idea, survey important musicological approaches, and offer new critical angles or musical case studies in interpretation.

Saying It With Songs

Author: Katherine Spring
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199844159
Release Date: 2013-10-03
Genre: Music

Hollywood's conversion from silent to synchronized sound film production not only instigated the convergence of the film and music industries but also gave rise to an extraordinary period of songs in American cinema. Saying It With Songs considers how the increasing interdependence of Hollywood studios and Tin Pan Alley music publishing firms influenced the commercial and narrative functions of popular songs. While most scholarship on film music of the period focuses on adaptations of Broadway musicals, this book examines the functions of songs in a variety of non-musical genres, including melodramas, romantic comedies, Westerns, prison dramas, and action-adventure films, and shows how filmmakers tested and refined their approach to songs in order to reconcile the spectacle of song performance, the classical norms of storytelling, and the conventions of background orchestral scoring from the period of silent cinema. Written for film and music scholars alike as well as for general readers, Saying It With Songs illuminates the origins of the popular song score aesthetic of American cinema.

Celluloid Symphonies

Author: Julie Hubbert
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520947436
Release Date: 2011-03-02
Genre: Performing Arts

Celluloid Symphonies is a unique sourcebook of writings on music for film, bringing together fifty-three critical documents, many previously inaccessible. It includes essays by those who created the music—Max Steiner, Erich Korngold, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein and Howard Shore—and outlines the major trends, aesthetic choices, technological innovations, and commercial pressures that have shaped the relationship between music and film from 1896 to the present. Julie Hubbert’s introductory essays offer a stimulating overview of film history as well as critical context for the close study of these primary documents. In identifying documents that form a written and aesthetic history for film music, Celluloid Symphonies provides an astonishing resource for both film and music scholars and for students.

The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film

Author: Melissa U. D. Goldsmith
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442269873
Release Date: 2016-10-07
Genre: Performing Arts

Musicians, both fictional and real, have long been subjects of cinema. From biopics of composers Beethoven and Mozart to the rise (and often fall) of imaginary bands in The Commitments and Almost Famous, music of all types has inspired hundreds of films. The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film features the most significant productions from around the world, including straightforward biographies, rockumentaries, and even the occasional mockumentary. The wide-ranging scope of this volume allows for the inclusion of films about fictional singers and bands, with emphasis on a variety of themes: songwriter–band relationships, the rise and fall of a career, music saving the day, the promoter’s point of view, band competitions, the traveling band, and rock-based absurdity. Among the films discussed in this book are Amadeus, The Blues Brothers, The Buddy Holly Story, The Commitments, Dreamgirls, The Glenn Miller Story, A Hard Day’s Night, I’m Not There, Jailhouse Rock, A Mighty Wind, Ray, ’Round Midnight, The Runaways, School of Rock, That Thing You Do!, and Walk the Line,. With entries that span the decades and highlight a variety of music genres, The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film is a valuable resource for moviegoers and music lovers alike, as well as scholars of both film and music.

The Music of Counterculture Cinema

Author: Mathew J. Bartkowiak
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476620510
Release Date: 2015-06-15
Genre: Performing Arts

Films produced in late 1960s and early 1970s America--along with later films focusing on that period--continue to frame our understanding of the counterculture era. The popular and experimental music of the day is central to the counterculture narrative on film, from the utopian Monterey Pop (1968) to the disenchantment of Gimme Shelter (1970). But the musical side of the movement was not monolithic, and a study of contemporary film soundtracks reveals a great deal of complexity. The coinciding struggles to define collective and individual identities based on race, class, gender and generation are well documented in the music of counterculture cinema.

Engaging Musical Practices

Author: Suzanne Louise Burton
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 9781607094371
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Music

"Published in partnership with MENC: The National Association for Music Education."

The Sounds of Silent Films

Author: Claus Tieber
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137410726
Release Date: 2014-09-30
Genre: Music

The Sounds of Silent Films is a unique collection of investigatory and theoretical essays that, for the first time, unite up-to-date research on the complex historical performance practices of silent film accompaniment with in-depth analyses of relevant case studies.

Austria and America

Author: Joshua Parker
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 9783643905765
Release Date: 2014-01-12
Genre: Travel

While the end of the US's civil war marked a boom in US tourism in Europe, Austria's own civil war in 1934 both curtailed American tourism in Austria and marked a small, but important, wave of Austrian emigration to the US. The essays in this volume explore the ways Austrian-born immigrants in those years defined their own identities as American citizens; how they interpreted, performed, and profited from "American" modernity at home; and how their work - as immigrating authors, film makers, and musicians - impacted mainstream culture in the US, illuminating often overlooked connections, not only between Austria and America, but also between Austrians and Americans. (Series: American Studies in Austria - Vol. 14) [Subject: Social History, U.S. Studies, Austrian Studies, Migration Studies]

Sonatas Screams and Silence

Author: Alexis Luko
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135022747
Release Date: 2015-08-11
Genre: Music

Sonatas, Screams, and Silence: Music and Sound in the Films of Ingmar Bergman is the first musical examination of Bergman’s style as an auteur filmmaker. It provides a comprehensive examination of all three aspects (music, sound effects, and voice) of Bergman’s signature soundtrack-style. Through examinations of Bergman’s biographical links to music, the role of music, sound effects, silence, and voice, and Bergman’s working methods with sound technicians, mixers, and editors, this book argues that Bergman’s soundtracks are as superbly developed as his psychological narratives and breathtaking cinematography. Interdisciplinary in nature, this book bridges the fields of music, sound, and film.

Beautiful Monsters

Author: Michael Long
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520228979
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Music

"A virtuoso performance. In this work of vastly erudite cultural imagination, Long both dazzles and illuminates. He has fashioned, in elegant prose, a thrilling mosaic of critical interpretation, one that is assured a central place on the leading edge of music scholarship."--Albin Zak, author of The Poetics of Rock: Cutting Tracks Making Records