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The Art of Film Music - George Burt

The Art of Film Music

Paperback Published: 26th October 1995
ISBN: 9781555532703
Number Of Pages: 288

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Music is a key element in narrative cinema. The film score offers important clues about characters and situations and gives illusion of continuity to otherwise disparate images. The Art of Film Music draws on conversations with Hollywood's leading composers as well as author George Burt's own experience composing for the screen to provide a useful, fascinating guide to creating music for dramatic films.

Burt explores music's significant role and powerful effect by analyzing several scenes in classic films produced from the 1930s through the 1980s. His thorough examination of the practical and aesthetic aspects of scoring a film is richly illustrated by the personal perspectives of such renowned composers as Hugo Friedhofer, Alex North, David Raksin, and Leonard Rosenman.

The volume features a penetrating discussion of the landmark scores from key scenes in The Best Years of Our Lives, Laura, and East of Eden. It also offers a technical guide to composing film music, explaining the spotting process, timing, synchronization, and general approaches to composition. In addition, numerous musical examples from films as far-ranging as High Noon and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?, as well as a glossary of musical terms, are included.

Introductory Remarks
The Story's the Thing
Music's Vital Role
Should Film Music Be Heard?
The Contrapuntal Aspect
The Associative Power of Music
Individual People
Groups of People
Symbolic Meanings
The Emotional Context
Ambient Time and Place
Source of Music
Emphasizing the Dramatic Line
Musical Accents
The Missing Beat or Pulse
The Sequence as a Unit
The Best Years of Our Lives: Homecoming Scene
Laura: Apartment Scene
East of Eden: Climactic Scene
The Sound and Function of Silence: When Music Is Absent
Matter-of-Fact Dialogue
Psychological Containment
Acoustic Space
Moments of Anguish
The Telling Quality of Ambient Sound
The Question of Realism
Practical Matters and the Human
The Spotting Process
Generalized Compositional Approaches
Orchestration and the Orchestra
The Synthesizer
Music Mix and Dubbing
Selected Bibliography
Glossary of Musical Terms
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ISBN: 9781555532703
ISBN-10: 1555532705
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 26th October 1995
Publisher: University Press of New England
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Type: New edition