Experiencing Film Music

Experiencing Film Music

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Of all the elements that combine to make movies, music sometimes seems the forgotten stepchild. Yet it is an integral part of the cinematic experience. Minimized as mere a€œbackground music, a€ film scores enrich visuals with emotional mood and intensity, underscoring directorsa€™ intentions, enhancing audiencesa€™ reactions, driving the narrative forward, and sometimes even subverting all three. Trying to imagine The Godfather or Lawrence of Arabia with a different score is as difficult as imagining them featuring a different cast. In Experiencing Film Music: A Listenera€™s Companion, Kenneth LaFave guides the reader through the history, ideas, personalities, and visions that have shaped the music we hear on the big screen. Looking back to the music improvised for early silent movies, LaFave traces the development of the film score from such early epic masterpieces as Max Steinera€™s work for Gone With the Wind, Bernard Herrmanna€™s musical creations for Alfred Hitchcocka€™s thrillers, Jerry Goldsmitha€™s sonic presentation of Chinatown, and Ennio Morriconea€™s distinctive rewrite of the Western genre, to John Williamsa€™ epoch-making Jaws and Star Wars. LaFave also brings readers into the present with looks at the work over the last decade and a half of Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestre, Carter Brey, and Danny Elfman. Experiencing Film Music: A Listenera€™s Companion opens the ears of film-goers to the nuance behind movie music, laying out in simple, non-technical language how composers and directors map what we hear to what we seea€”and, not uncommonly, back again.As part of the Listenera#39;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.

Title:Experiencing Film Music
Author: Kenneth LaFave
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2017-04-15

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