The Encyclopedia of Film Composers (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
836
Utgivningsdatum
2015-04-16
Förlag
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Illustrationer
252 Tables, unspecified; 27 Halftones, black and white
Dimensioner
292 x 228 x 57 mm
Vikt
2531 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
13:B&W 8.5 x 11 in or 280 x 216 mm Case Laminate on White w/Gloss Lam
ISBN
9781442245495
The Encyclopedia of Film Composers (inbunden)

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In addition to the handful of composers known to the general public, this book brings recognition to the many men and women who have written music for the movies over the past 100 years-those who have not been given their due in previous books and other sources. This volume features more than 250 famous and little-known movie composers from around the world. In addition to providing facts about the composers (dates, biography, careers, complete list of movie credits), the entries explain what makes each composer notable and discusses their music in detail. The selected composers range from the days of silent films when music scores were performed by orchestras in movie palaces to today with synthesized and electronic music being used in film scoring.
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Hischak offers a unique combination of opinion and painstaking research. The author asserts that film composers deserve further recognition for their influence and contributions. His objective is to fill a gap, covering hundreds of lesser-known composers. Included are 252 individuals who either created a significant number of film scores or who mainly composed in other genres but also had notable film score success. Each entry includes a biography; a discussion of the subject's work that includes Hischak's perspective on, for example, which piece was most memorable; feature film credits, including Academy Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Golden Globe Award nominations and wins; the director; and country where the movie was produced. It's critical to read the book's introduction to understand that if an artist created the score with three or more composers, for example, it was not included on the list. Closing the volume are comprehensive name and title indexes, necessary for a book with so much detail. Verdict: Hischak's offering presents a wide scope of composers, and anyone who loves film and has previous knowledge of music and/or film will be delighted by its content. * Library Journal * This hefty volume focuses solely on the creators of movie music. From the early silent films to today's blockbusters, accompanying music often draws as much attention as the films themselves and sometimes outlives the pictures in both popular culture and film history. Herein are more than 250 alphabetically arranged entries on composers from all over the world, covering the entire spectrum of cinema history. Entries are generally a few pages in length and contain biographical information, chronological career highlights, and an analysis of the musical style of the composer, and they end with a comprehensive list of film scores. This list is also valuable for indicating the director(s) and country of production for each film as well as any awards won by the composer or nominations for awards. Alternative or English titles are given for foreign films, if any. Although a smattering of composers here will be recognizable to the general user - Henry Mancini, Marvin Hamlisch, and Randy Newman, perhaps - most will likely be unknown. For example, who was responsible for the memorable music in The Wizard of Oz, Psycho, Gone with the Wind, and Lawrence of Arabia? This tome provides the detailed answers: Herbert Stohart, Bernand Herrmann, Max Steiner, and Maurice Jarre, respectively. A user can quickly see what other film scores these composers are responsible for and examine the arc of their careers. Other features include some black-and-white pictures and both a name and title index for quickly locating a particular film or person. . . .The Encyclopedia of FIlm Composers is recommended as an interesting addition to the reference collection of academic and public libraries and anywhere film is being studied. * Booklist * This sizeable volume is another well-executed encyclopedia compiled by Hischak, author of many notable works, such as American Literature on Stage and Screen and Broadway Plays and Musicals. Often overlooked, film composers are a crucial part of cinema even during the era of silent films. Only a handful are well known, however, with name recognition usually occurring only when a film produces a hit song (as with Goldfinger or Born Free). Hischak pays both the famous and little-known homage by including over 250 composers from the US and abroad. Entries provide poignant bibliographical details and point out important chronological and contextual information along with musical influences. An added bonus is an analysis of each composer's musical style and work outside film. Each listing focuses on an individual who is the sole composer (or one of a pair) of a film score. The author highlights strong associations between major film directors and composers, including only full-length films or documentaries relea

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Thomas S. Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the performing arts and one of the foremost authorities on American musical theatre. He is the author of more than twenty books about theatre, film, and popular music, including The Oxford Companion to the American Musical, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Encyclopedia, and several books for Scarecrow Press, including Theatre as Human Action (2006), Off-Broadway Musicals since 1919 (2011), and The Disney Song Encyclopedia (2009). Hischak is professor of theatre at the State University of New York College at Cortland.

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Acknowledgments Introduction Format for Entries Abbreviations Film Composers Bibliography Title Index Name Index About the Author