Film Music

ISBN-10: 0195370872
ISBN-13: 9780195370874
Edition: 2010
List price: $11.95
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Description: The rich and deeply moving sounds of film music are as old as cinema itself. Even the very first projected moving images were accompanied by music in many places as a variety of performers - from single piano players to small orchestras - brought  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/11/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

The rich and deeply moving sounds of film music are as old as cinema itself. Even the very first projected moving images were accompanied by music in many places as a variety of performers - from single piano players to small orchestras - brought images to life through musical accompaniment. Film music has since become its own industry, an aesthetic platform for expressing creative visions and a commercial vehicle for growing musical stars of all varieties. This Very Short Introduction provides a lucid, accessible, and engaging overview of the subject of film music. Beginning with an analysis of the music from a well-known sequence in the film Reservoir Dogs, the book focuses on the most central issues in the practice of film music. Expert author Kay Kalinak takes readers behind the scenes to understand both the practical aspects of film music - what it is and how it is composed - and also the theories that have been developed to explain whyfilm music works. This compact book not entertains with the fascinating stories of the composers and performers who have shaped film music across the globe but also gives readers a broad sense for the key questions in film music studies today.

What does film music do?
How does film music work?
Why does film music work?
A History of early film music: from the beginnings to the synchronized score
A History of Film Music in the Sound Era: The Twentieth Century
Composers and their Craft
Popular Music and Film
Closing Credits

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