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Danny Elfmans

Danny Elfmans "Batman"

A Film Score Guide

Paperback Published: 7th September 2004
ISBN: 9780810851269
Number Of Pages: 192

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This resource is the most in-depth scholarly resource available on Danny Elfman. It integrates a careful study of Elfman's scoring technique with a detailed analysis of the film itself.

Elfman's original score supports well over half of Tim Burton's two-hour Batman, which is no small achievement. In addition, Elfman proved how effective music can be in what is usually called the "action movie" genre. Halfyard...examines Elfman's composition career, including his contributions to Weird Science, Edward Scissorhands and a number of offbeat comedies, showing how his work began to differ from the usual scores of the 1980s and 1990s. She analyzes the themes behind Batman and Elfman's effective use of duality in describing a complex character in conflict, set against others clearly good or evil. Halfyard then works through the score and film scene for scene. Reference and Research Book News ...a thoroughly researched and extremely useful guide...compact, accessible, and highly informative... Music & Letters, February 2007 Even if music theory isn't your cup of tea (or its terminology is simply baffling), Halfyard's book will serve as an excellent reference work, and the career and film assessments are invigorating. Though Scarecrow Press has thus far published three volumes in their Film Score series, hopefully it'll continue further, and perhaps Halfyard will tackle another composer of particular note. -- Mark Richard Hasan Music From The Movies

Editor's foreword
Danny Elfman's musical backgroundp. 1
Elfman's scoring techniquep. 21
The historical and critical context of Batmanp. 39
The sound of the scorep. 57
Reading the score : part Ip. 79
Reading the score : part IIp. 111
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780810851269
ISBN-10: 0810851261
Series: Film Score Guides
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 7th September 2004
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 14.1  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 2