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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..
Features * 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
Introduction 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

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Published date: 2001
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.


Local EPrints ID: 46984
ISBN: 0826413579
PURE UUID: a6d6ae69-9922-49ff-a7d5-c5b44bfa2edd

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:05

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