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Author MacDonald, Laurence E.

Title The invisible art of film music : a comprehensive history / Laurence E. MacDonald.

Publication Info. Lanham, Maryland : Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    781.542 MACD 2013    Available
Edition Second edition.
Description xvii, 605 pages : portraits ; 26 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 535-542) and index.
Contents List of biographical sketches -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Music and the birth of film -- Evolution of synchronized sound, 1920-1929 -- Dawn of the Golden age, 1930-1939 -- World War II and its aftermath, 1940-1949 -- Decline of the studio system, 1950-1959 -- Changing of the guard, 1960-1969 -- Revival of the symphonic film score, 1970-1979 -- Influence of synthesized sound, 1980-1989 -- Rise of independent films, 1990-1999 -- Derivative decade, 2000-2009 -- Epilogue -- Bibliography -- General index -- Title index -- Name index -- About the author.
Summary "Beginning with the era of synchronized sound in the 1920s, music has been an integral part of motion pictures. Whether used to heighten the tension of a scene or evoke a subtle emotional response, scores have played a significant--if often unrealized--role in the viewer's enjoyment. In The Invisible Art of Film Music, Laurence MacDonald provides a comprehensive introduction for the general student, film historian, and aspiring cinematographer. Arranged chronologically from the silent era to the present day, this volume provides insight into the evolution of music in cinema and analyzes the vital contributions of scores to hundreds of films. MacDonald reviews key developments in film music and discusses many of the most important and influential scores of the last nine decades, including those from Modern Times, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, Laura, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ben-Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather, Jaws, Ragtime, The Mission, Titanic, Gladiator, The Lord of the Rings, Brokeback Mountain, and Slumdog Millionaire. MacDonald also provides biographical sketches of such great composers as Max Steiner, Alfred Newman, Franz Waxman, Bernard Herrmann, Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Maurice Jarre, John Barry, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Dave Grusin, Ennio Morricone, Randy Newman, Hans Zimmer, and Danny Elfman"--Back cover.
Subject Motion picture music -- History and criticism
ISBN 9780810890589 (cloth : alk. paper)
0810890585 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780810883970 (pbk. : alk. paper)
081088397X (pbk. : alk. paper)
Standard No. 40022472220

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