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Music and the Silent Film : Contexts and Case Studies, 1895-1924 - Martin Miller Marks

Music and the Silent Film

Contexts and Case Studies, 1895-1924

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1994
ISBN: 9780195068917
Number Of Pages: 320

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In this book, a leading authority on film music examines scores of the silent film era. The first of three projected volumes investigating music written for films, this thoughtful and pathbreaking study demonstrates the richness of silent film music as it details the way in which scores were often planned from the start as an integral part of the whole cinematic experience.
Following an introductory chapter that outlines several key theoretical questions and surveys eight decades of writing on film music, Martin Miller Marks focuses on those scores created between 1895 and 1924. He begins by considering two early examples, one German (written by persons unknown for Skladanowsky's Bioskop exhibitions in 1895 and 1896) and one French (scored by Camille Saint-SaAns for the 1908 film L'Assassinat du Duc de Guise). Subsequent chapters fully discuss Walter Cleveland Simon's music for the American film An Arabian Tragedy (1912) as well as the Joseph Breil accompaniment to D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation (1915). As described in this book, Breil's memorable score--though a compilation derived from many sources--was played by an orchestra as Griffith's sweeping images filled the screen, thus contributing significantly to the great film's success while also achieving remarkable power in its own right. Marks then concludes with a look at Erik Satie's witty and innovative music for the French film Entr'acte (1924), which was the first film score of consequence by an avant-garde composer.
Giving unprecedented attention to a vibrant, important, and oft-neglected facet of twentieth-century music, Music and the Silent Film will interest scholars of film theory, film history, modern music, and modern aesthetics.

Industry Reviews

"The book is well worth it, considering the sheer amount of information it contains. The writing itself is clear and direct... Musically-savvy readers will probably be happy to see a scholarly film music book with not only substantial analytical discussions but also musical examples in abundance.

"Anderson is especially interested in, and adept at, providng information of practical use to musicians and researchers in tracking down material. ... It is one of the most substantial studies of silent film music available, and it constitutes both a useful reference work and a solid inquiry in a field only just beginning to open up to historians."--Journal of Film Music "The book is well worth it, considering the sheer amount of information it contains. The writing itself is clear and direct... Musically-savvy readers will probably be happy to see a scholarly film music book with not only substantial analytical discussions but also musical examples in abundance.

"Anderson is especially interested in, and adept at, providng information of practical use to musicians and researchers in tracking down material. ... It is one of the most substantial studies of silent film music available, and it constitutes both a useful reference work and a solid inquiry in a field only just beginning to open up to historians."--Journal of Film Music

Appendix Contentsp. xiii
List of Figuresp. xv
Film and Music: An Introduction to Researchp. 3
The Materialp. 3
The Literature: A Survey to 1990p. 8
First Stages, Dimly Lit: Sources and Scores Prior to 1910p. 26
The Origins of Film Musicp. 26
Compilation and Composition: First Casesp. 30
Film Scores in America, 1910-14p. 62
Overviewp. 62
Preliminary Steps and Early Scoresp. 64
The Kalem Series and Walter Cleveland Simon's Music for An Arabian Tragedyp. 76
Postscript: The Special Case of From the Manger to the Crossp. 90
Pioneers of Orchestral Scores, 1912-14p. 92
Samuel Lionel Rothapfel's Art of Exhibitionp. 92
Joseph Carl Breil's Earliest Film Scoresp. 98
Breil's Score for The Birth of a Nationp. 109
Significancep. 109
Sourcesp. 112
The Breil Scorep. 112
The Clune's Scorep. 131
The Origin of the Breil Scorep. 135
Relationships of Film and Musicp. 141
Overviewp. 141
Types of Musicp. 143
Function and Formp. 156
Erik Satie's Score for Entr'actep. 167
Significancep. 167
Musical Scores and Structurep. 170
Music and Filmp. 172
Appendixp. 186
Notesp. 221
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780195068917
ISBN-10: 0195068912
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st April 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.36 x 16.28  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.64

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