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Film Music

Critical Approaches

Edited by Kevin J. Donnelly


For something we often barely notice music in films is usually highly effective. It creates tension, elicits emotion and is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of the cinematic experience. Upon closer inspection, it can be seen that film music is highly complex and artful, not only having immediate emotional impact but also comprising some of the most outstanding music produced in the twentieth century.

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Chapter One:
The Hidden Heritage of Film Music: History and Scholarship
K. J. Donnelly
Chapter Two:
Analytical and Interpretive Approaches to Film Music (I): Analysing the Music
David Neumeyer and James Buhler
Chapter Three:
Analytical and Interpretive Approaches to Film Music (II): Analysing Interactions of Music and Film
James Buhler
Chapter Four:
'In the Mix': How Electrical Producers Facilitated the Transition to Sound in British Cinemas
Michael Allen
Chapter Five:
King Kong and Film on Music (Out of the Fog)
Peter Franklin
Chapter Six:
The Dies Irae in Citizen Kane: Musical Hermeneutics Applied to Film Music
William H. Rosar
Chapter Seven:
The Documentary Film Scores of Gail Kubik
Alfred W. Cochran
Chapter Eight:
Embracing Kitsch: Werner Schroeter, Music and The Bomber Pilot
Caryl Flinn
Chapter Nine:
Performance and the Composite Film Score
K.J. Donnelly

Chapter Ten:
Sound and Empathy: Subjectivity, Gender and the Cinematic Soundscape
Robynn J. Stilwell
Chapter Eleven:
'Would You like to Hear Some Music?' Music in-and-out-of-control in the Films of Quentin Tarantino
Ken Garner

About the Author

K. J. Donnelly is a Reader in Film Studies at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Magical Musical Tour: Rock and Pop in Film Soundtracks (2015), Occult Aesthetics: Sound and Image Synchronization (2012), British Film Music and Film Musicals (2007), The Spectre of Sound (2005) and Pop Music in British Cinema (2001); as well as editing five books concerning music and different forms of audiovisual media.