Scoring the Screen

The Secret Language of Film Music

Author: Andy Hill

Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

ISBN: 9781495073731

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Page: 256

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(Music Pro Guide Books & DVDs). Today, musical composition for films is more popular than ever. In professional and academic spheres, media music study and practice are growing; undergraduate and postgraduate programs in media scoring are offered by dozens of major colleges and universities. And increasingly, pop and contemporary classical composers are expanding their reach into cinema and other forms of screen entertainment. Yet a search on Amazon reveals at least 50 titles under the category of film music, and, remarkably, only a meager few actually allow readers to see the music itself, while none of them examine landmark scores like Vertigo , To Kill a Mockingbird , Patton , The Untouchables , or The Matrix in the detail provided by Scoring the Screen: The Secret Language of Film Music . This is the first book since Roy M. Prendergast's 1977 benchmark, Film Music: A Neglected Art , to treat music for motion pictures as a compositional style worthy of serious study. Through extensive and unprecedented analyses of the original concert scores, it is the first to offer both aspiring composers and music educators with a view from the inside of the actual process of scoring-to-picture. The core thesis of Scoring the Screen is that music for motion pictures is indeed a language, developed by the masters of the craft out of a dramatic and commercial necessity to communicate ideas and emotions instantaneously to an audience. Like all languages, it exists primarily to convey meaning . To quote renowned orchestrator Conrad Pope (who has worked with John Williams, Howard Shore, and Alexandre Desplat, among others): "If you have any interest in what music 'means' in film, get this book. Andy Hill is among the handful of penetrating minds and ears engaged in film music today."
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Scoring the Screen

The Secret Language of Film Music

Author: Andy Hill

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1540004813

Category: Music

Page: 352

View: 8750

(Music Pro Guides). Today, musical composition for films is more popular than ever. In professional and academic spheres, media music study and practice are growing; undergraduate and postgraduate programs in media scoring are offered by dozens of major colleges and universities. And increasingly, pop and contemporary classical composers are expanding their reach into cinema and other forms of screen entertainment. Yet a search on Amazon reveals at least 50 titles under the category of film music, and, remarkably, only a meager few actually allow readers to see the music itself, while none of them examine landmark scores like Vertigo , To Kill a Mockingbird , Patton , The Untouchables , or The Matrix in the detail provided by Scoring the Screen: The Secret Language of Film Music . This is the first book since Roy M. Prendergast's 1977 benchmark, Film Music: A Neglected Art , to treat music for motion pictures as a compositional style worthy of serious study. Through extensive and unprecedented analyses of the original concert scores, it is the first to offer both aspiring composers and music educators with a view from the inside of the actual process of scoring-to-picture. The core thesis of Scoring the Screen is that music for motion pictures is indeed a language , developed by the masters of the craft out of a dramatic and commercial necessity to communicate ideas and emotions instantaneously to an audience. Like all languages, it exists primarily to convey meaning . To quote renowned orchestrator Conrad Pope (who has worked with John Williams, Howard Shore, and Alexandre Desplat, among others): "If you have any interest in what music 'means' in film, get this book. Andy Hill is among the handful of penetrating minds and ears engaged in film music today."
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Complete Guide to Film Scoring

The Art and Business of Writing Music for Movies and TV

Author: Richard Davis

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1495032264

Category: Music

Page: 424

View: 698

(Berklee Guide). Essential for anyone interested in the business, process and procedures of writing music for film or television, this book teaches the Berklee approach to the art, covering topics such as: preparing and recording a score, contracts and fees, publishing, royalties, copyrights and much more. Features interviews with 21 top film-scoring professionals, including Michael Kamen, Alf Clausen, Alan Silvestri, Marc Shaiman, Mark Snow, Harry Gregson-Williams and Elmer Bernstein. Now updated with info on today's latest technology, and invaluable insights into finding work in the industry.
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A History of Film Music

Author: Mervyn Cooke

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316264866

Category: Music

Page: N.A

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This book provides a comprehensive and lively introduction to the major trends in film scoring from the silent era to the present day, focussing not only on dominant Hollywood practices but also offering an international perspective by including case studies of the national cinemas of the UK, France, India, Italy, Japan and the early Soviet Union. The book balances wide-ranging overviews of film genres, modes of production and critical reception with detailed non-technical descriptions of the interaction between image track and soundtrack in representative individual films. In addition to the central focus on narrative cinema, separate sections are also devoted to music in documentary and animated films, film musicals and the uses of popular and classical music in the cinema. The author analyses the varying technological and aesthetic issues that have shaped the history of film music, and concludes with an account of the modern film composer's working practices.
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Music Composition for Film and Television

Author: Lalo Schifrin

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1476899487

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 9628

(Berklee Guide). Learn film-scoring techniques from one of the great film/television composers of our time. Lalo Schifrin shares his insights into the intimate relationship between music and drama. The book is illustrated with extended excerpts from his most iconic scores such as Mission: Impossible , Cool Hand Luke , Bullitt and many others and peppered with anecdotes from inside the Hollywood studios. Schifrin reveals the technical details of his own working approach, which has earned him six Oscar nominations, 21 Grammy nominations (with four awards), and credits on hundreds of major productions. Includes the full score of Schifrin's Fanfare for Screenplay and Orchestra , a treasure-trove of unfettered dramatic sound painting, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and a great thesis on the emblematic language of film music.
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Film Music

A Neglected Art : a Critical Study of Music in Films

Author: Roy M. Prendergast

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393308747

Category: Music

Page: 329

View: 1418

Studies the history, aesthetics, and techniques of film music composition, presenting critical evaluations of instructive prototypes produced in the thirties, forties, and fifties
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Scoring the Score

The Role of the Orchestrator in the Contemporary Film Industry

Author: Ian Sapiro

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317934873

Category: Music

Page: 244

View: 547

Scoring the Score is the first scholarly examination of the orchestrator’s role in the contemporary film industry. Orchestrators are crucial to the production of a film’s score, yet they have not received significant consideration in film-music research. This book sheds light on this often-overlooked yet vital profession. It considers the key processes of orchestrating and arranging and how they relate, musical and filmic training, the wide-ranging responsibilities of the orchestrator on a film-scoring project, issues related to working practices, the impact of technology, and the differences between the UK and US production processes as they affect orchestrators. Drawing on interviews with American and British orchestrators and composers, Scoring the Score aims to expose this often hidden profession through a rigorous examination of the creative process and working practices, and analysis of the skills, training and background common to orchestrators. It will appeal to scholars, students, and practitioners of film music.
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Film Music: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Kathryn Kalinak

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199707979

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

View: 7476

Film music is as old as cinema itself. Years before synchronized sound became the norm, projected moving images were shown to musical accompaniment, whether performed by a lone piano player or a hundred-piece orchestra. Today film music has become its own industry, indispensable to the marketability of movies around the world. Film Music: A Very Short Introduction is a compact, lucid, and thoroughly engaging overview written by one of the leading authorities on the subject. After opening with a fascinating analysis of the music from a key sequence in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Kathryn Kalinak introduces readers not only to important composers and musical styles but also to modern theoretical concepts about how and why film music works. Throughout the book she embraces a global perspective, examining film music in Asia and the Middle East as well as in Europe and the United States. Key collaborations between directors and composers--Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann, Akira Kurosawa and Fumio Hayasaka, Federico Fellini and Nino Rota, to name only a few--come under scrutiny, as do the oft-neglected practices of the silent film era. She also explores differences between original film scores and compilation soundtracks that cull music from pre-existing sources. As Kalinak points out, film music can do many things, from establishing mood and setting to clarifying plot points and creating emotions that are only dimly realized in the images. This book illuminates the many ways it accomplishes those tasks and will have its readers thinking a bit more deeply and critically the next time they sit in a darkened movie theater and music suddenly swells as the action unfolds onscreen. About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.
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A Heart at Fire's Center

The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann

Author: Steven C. Smith

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520927230

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 429

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No composer contributed more to film than Bernard Herrmann, who in over 40 scores enriched the work of such directors as Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, François Truffaut, and Martin Scorsese. In this first major biography of the composer, Steven C. Smith explores the interrelationships between Herrmann's music and his turbulent personal life, using much previously unpublished information to illustrate Herrmann's often outrageous behavior, his working methods, and why his music has had such lasting impact. From his first film (Citizen Kane) to his last (Taxi Driver), Herrmann was a master of evoking psychological nuance and dramatic tension through music, often using unheard-of instrumental combinations to suit the dramatic needs of a film. His scores are among the most distinguished ever written, ranging from the fantastic (Fahrenheit 451, The Day the Earth Stood Still) to the romantic (Obsession, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir) to the terrifying (Psycho). Film was not the only medium in which Herrmann made a powerful mark. His radio broadcasts included Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre on the Air and The War of the Worlds. His concert music was commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic, and he was chief conductor of the CBS Symphony. Almost as celebrated as these achievements are the enduring legends of Herrmann's combativeness and volatility. Smith separates myth from fact and draws upon heretofore unpublished material to illuminate Herrmann's life and influence. Herrmann remains as complex as any character in the films he scored—a creative genius, an indefatigable musicologist, an explosive bully, a generous and compassionate man who desperately sought friendship and love. Films scored by Bernard Herrmann: Citizen Kane, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Vertigo, Psycho, Fahrenheit 451, Taxi Driver, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Man Who Knew Too Much, North By Northwest, The Birds, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Cape Fear, Marnie, Torn Curtain, among others
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Overtones and Undertones

Reading Film Music

Author: Royal S. Brown

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520083202

Category: Music

Page: 396

View: 3254

Film music, how it is used and how it is created.
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Experiencing Film Music

A Listener's Companion

Author: Kenneth LaFave

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 144225842X

Category: Music

Page: 214

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LaFave opens the ears of film-goers to the nuance behind movie music, laying out in layman's language how composers map what we hear to what we see. As part of the Listener's Companion series, this volume provides an enhanced experience of music by exploring how the works were written and first performed as well as how they are enjoyed today.
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On the Track

A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring

Author: Fred Karlin,Rayburn Wright

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135948038

Category: Music

Page: 560

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On the Track offers a comprehensive guide to scoring for film and television. Covering all styles and genres, the authors, both noted film composers, cover everything from the nuts-and-bolts of timing, cuing, and recording through balancing the composer's aesthetic vision with the needs of the film itself. Unlike other books that are aimed at the person "dreaming" of a career, this is truly a guide that can be used by everyone from students to technically sophisticated professionals. It contains over 100 interviews with noted composers, illustrating the many technical points made through the text.
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Guerrilla Film Scoring

Practical Advice from Hollywood Composers

Author: Jeremy Borum

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442237309

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 270

View: 3031

As the movie and music industries have changed, film scoring has become an overwhelmingly independent process. Film composers have more responsibilities than ever before, and they must fulfill them with smaller budgets and shorter schedules. As a result, composers are increasingly becoming armies of one. In Guerrilla Film Scoring: Practical Advice from Hollywood Composers, Jeremy Borum provides valuable guidance on how to make a good film score both quickly and inexpensively. This handbook encompasses the entire film scoring process including education, preparation, writing and recording a score, editing, mixing and mastering, finding work, career development, and sample contracts. Offering strategic tools and techniques, this insider’s guide draws on the expertise from a number of prominent composers in movies, television, and video gaming, including Stewart Copeland, Bruce Broughton, and Jack Wall. A straightforward do-it-yourself manual, this book will help composers at all levels create the best-sounding scores quickly and cost effectively—without jeopardizing their art. With access to rare and extremely useful input from the best in the business, Guerrilla Film Scoring will benefit not only students but also professionals looking to update their game.
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John Williams's Film Music

Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the Return of the Classical Hollywood Music Style

Author: Emilio Audissino

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299297330

Category: Music

Page: 264

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John Williams is one of the most renowned film composers in history. He has penned unforgettable scores for Star Wars, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Superman, and countless other films. Fans flock to his many concerts, and with forty-nine Academy Award nominations as of 2014, he is the second-most Oscar-nominated person after Walt Disney. Yet despite such critical acclaim and prestige, this is the first book in English on Williams’s work and career. Combining accessible writing with thorough scholarship, and rigorous historical accounts with insightful readings, John Williams’s Film Music explores why Williams is so important to the history of film music. Beginning with an overview of music from Hollywood’s Golden Age (1933–58), Emilio Audissino traces the turning points of Williams’s career and articulates how he revived the classical Hollywood musical style. This book charts each landmark of this musical restoration, with special attention to the scores for Jaws and Star Wars, Williams’s work as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and a full film/music analysis of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The result is a precise, enlightening definition of Williams’s “neoclassicism” and a grounded demonstration of his lasting importance, for both his compositions and his historical role in restoring part of the Hollywood tradition. Best Special Interest Books, selected by the American Association of School Librarians Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the Public Library Reviewers
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Score

A Film Music Documentary

Author: Matt Schrader

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781974367412

Category:

Page: 362

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EDUCATIONAL EDITION The world's finest film composers uncover the secrets behind film music, from crafting emotions and making it in Hollywood, to the tricks of giving an audience goosebumps. Summary Composers Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight, Inception), Quincy Jones (The Color Purple, The Pawnbroker, In Cold Blood), Randy Newman (Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., The Natural), Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Seven), Trent Reznor (The Social Network, Gone Girl, Nine Inch Nails), Tom Holkenborg (Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v. Superman) and more. Plus, hear rare insight from director James Cameron and the legacy of James Horner, along with one of the final interviews conducted with legendary director Garry Marshall. Modern maestros reveal their creative secrets. Composer David Arnold: Bond, the British sound and using music from dreams. Director James Cameron: How score shapes a film and working with James Horner. Composer Quincy Jones: Music's evolution and emotive power on us. Composer Randy Newman: Great film music in history and scoring for animated films. Composer Rachel Portman: Using music to your advantage and female film composers. Composer Howard Shore: The great epic film score and connecting all the dots. Composer Hans Zimmer: The joy (and vulnerability) of musical experimentation. Director Garry Marshall: How to use music to fill, fix and enhance film. Composer Bear McCreary: Creating an efficient, tight-knit film composing team. Goosebumps and exploring music's cutting edge. Composers Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross: Production value and the film score as an album. Composer Brian Tyler: Growth, excitement and striving for perfection. Composer Mychael Danna: Musical styles across different nationalities. Composer Tom Holkenborg: Intensity and goosebumps. Composer Harry Gregson-Williams: Traditional score meets technology. Composer Steve Jablonsky: Reinventing electronic sounds. Composer John Debney: Inspirations from childhood to the scoring stage. Composer Trevor Rabin: Wrestling with the clock and working with producers. Composer Patrick Doyle: Life and passion reflecting through music. Inspiration and film music's worldwide impact across languages. Composer Mervyn Warren: A record producer approach to film scores. Composer John Powell: Flipping the film score on its head. Composer Alexandre Desplat: International influence and the beauty of music. Composer Elliot Goldenthal: Deadline pressure and mastering a sound. Composer Henry Jackman: The British film score invasion and melody. Composer Marco Beltrami: Finding the right sound and music for thrillers. Composer Mark Mothersbaugh: The rockstar-turned-composer. For bulk pricing discounts for educational institutions, please contact [email protected]
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David Shire's The Conversation

A Film Score Guide

Author: Juan Chattah

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442251646

Category: Music

Page: 228

View: 7306

Nominated for three Academy Awards in 1974, including Best Picture and Best Sound, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation is regarded as the archetypal achievement in weaving together a balanced blend of dialogue, cinematography, sound effects, and music. For the film, composer David Shire created a score that challenged preconceptions of the music’s function within film. Featuring a jazz-infused piano score with pioneering excursions into electroacoustic techniques, Shire’s music provides depth and meaning to the soundtrack by establishing a musical/narrative metaphorical correlation that traces the main character’s psychological journey. In David Shire’s The Conversation: A Film Score Guide, Juan Chattah draws on extensive interviews with the composer and includes numerous examples from his manuscripts to provide aesthetic and critical insights into the compositional process. The book fleshes out a multifaceted framework that reveals layers of meaning that permeate the score, delving into David Shire’s life and musical upbringing to trace the development of his compositional techniques. The author also investigates the film’s critical and historical contexts and ultimately presents a detailed analysis of the complete soundtrack to the film. Proposing an innovative analytical methodology that intersects semiotics and cognitive psychology, this volume offers a unique insight into the film and its music. As such, David Shire’s The Conversation: A Film ScoreGuide will be of interest to film scholars, music scholars, and fans of the composer’s work.
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Knowing the Score

Film Composers Talk About the Art, Craft, Blood, Sweat, and Tears of Writing for Cinema

Author: David Morgan

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062287486

Category: Music

Page: 336

View: 2727

This collection of interviews with Hollywood composers offers the most intimate look ever at the process of writing music for the movies. From getting started in the business to recording the soundtrack, from choosing a musical style to collaborating with directors, including Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, the Coen brothers, Terry Gilliam, Kenneth Branagh, and Ken Russell, from learning to deal with editing to writing with time-sensitive precision, the leading practitioners in the field share their views on one of the most important -- and least understood -- aspects of filmmaking: the motion picture art that's heard but not seen.
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The Hollywood Film Music Reader

Author: Mervyn Cooke

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195331184

Category: Music

Page: 382

View: 5786

This wide-ranging, stimulating, and entertaining anthology of writings about the experiences of composers working in the high-pressure environment of the US film industry from the silent era to the present day includes both vivid first-hand accounts from the composers themselves and a representative selection of contemporaneous criticism and commentary.
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