Film Music: A Very Short Introduction
- Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
- Length: 4 hrs
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-12-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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 preexisting 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 listeners 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.
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By Troy on 04-02-15
A Global Introduction to Film Music
As overviews go, this one's not bad. I think I had it in my head to expect it to be more Hollywood-centric, but it's bigger than that, covering music from China, India, Russia, etc. As a result, you get a wider view, but not as much information about any given part of it. It's nothing groundbreaking, but there are a few fun facts and plenty of interesting anecdotes to be had. All in all, it does provide a good launching point for further exploration, which should be the point.
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By wesley felice on 26-01-18
Tried to cover too much with so little time
The first issue, with this book is clearly the recording, it's drone and boring to listen to. The second and much more important issue is that the author tries to cover way more than she has time to do. The history she conveys is so snapshot both in time and location that it reads more like a weird blurry mosaic than a coherent narrative. She also feels the need to talk about hundreds of lesser known composers outside of Hollywood who's impact on film music is arguably negligible, while completely (and what feels like deliberately) leaving some of the more important film composers out of her text. Unfortunately this is pretty much the only historical text I have found on the subject, too bad it is what it is.