Film music: critical approaches

Donnelly, Kevin (ed.) (2001) Film music: critical approaches, Edinburgh, UK; New York, USA, Edinburgh University Press; Continuum, 224pp.


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For something we often barely notice music in films is usually highly effective. It creates tension, elicits emotion and is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of the cinematic experience. Upon closer inspection, it can be seen that film music is highly complex and artful, not only having immediate emotional impact but also comprising some of the most outstanding music produced in the twentieth century.

Bringing together some of the most influential international scholars on the subject, this anthology provides a detailed, diverse and accessible perspective on music in the cinema. As well as chapters on the techniques and views of film music and on film music scholarship, the book embraces topics as diverse as Bernard Herrmann’s music for Welles’s Citizen Kane, the use of discs to accompany silent films and gender and the cinematic soundscape..

* An original collection of essays on film music in the twentieth century
* The Introduction provides a historical perspective on the art of film music
* Brings together a wide range of approaches to film music


Chapter One:
The Hidden Heritage of Film Music: History and Scholarship
K. J. Donnelly

Chapter Two:
Analytical and Interpretive Approaches to Film Music (I): Analysing the Music
David Neumeyer and James Buhler

Chapter Three:
Analytical and Interpretive Approaches to Film Music (II): Analysing Interactions of Music and Film
James Buhler

Chapter Four:
‘In the Mix’: How Electrical Producers Facilitated the Transition to Sound in British Cinemas
Michael Allen

Chapter Five:
King Kong and Film on Music (Out of the Fog)
Peter Franklin

Chapter Six:
The Dies Irae in Citizen Kane: Musical Hermeneutics Applied to Film Music
William H. Rosar

Chapter Seven:
The Documentary Film Scores of Gail Kubik
Alfred W. Cochran

Chapter Eight:
Embracing Kitsch: Werner Schroeter, Music and The Bomber Pilot
Caryl Flinn

Chapter Nine:
Performance and the Composite Film Score
K.J. Donnelly

Chapter Ten:
Sound and Empathy: Subjectivity, Gender and the Cinematic Soundscape
Robynn J. Stilwell

Chapter Eleven:
‘Would You like to Hear Some Music?’ Music in-and-out-of-control in the Films of Quentin Tarantino
Ken Garner

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: I wrote the introduction and a chapter ("Performance and the Composite Film Score"). This book was one of the first edit collections on film music.
ISBNs: 0826413579 (hardback)
Related URLs:
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Film Studies
ePrint ID: 46984
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Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:22

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