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CineMusic? Constructing the Film Score

Editor(s): David Cooper, Christopher Fox, Ian Sapiro
Contributors: David Cooper, Ian Sapiro, Christopher Fox, Catherine Haworth, Geoffrey Cox, Connie Wallcraft, Keith Marley,

Book Description

What has been described as second generation film musicology is both building on, and challenging the orthodoxies of, the pioneering work of scholars who published in the final two decades of the twentieth century. CineMusic? Constructing the Film Score is representative of this new scholarship, approaching the construction of the film score from a number of perspectives, from the primarily practical to the more abstract and theoretical. The films that form the basis of these reflections are similarly diverse, from art-house to mainstream, classical to postmodern.

This volume includes essays by established and upcoming scholars and practitioners as well as interviews with two of the UK’s most influential film composers—Trevor Jones (Mississippi Burning, Brassed Off!, Notting Hill, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and Michael Nyman (The Draughtsman’s Contract, The Piano, Gattaca, The Libertine). An afterward by Anahid Kassabian proposes a number of areas that are ripe for further exploration.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8593-8
ISBN-10: 1-84718-593-2
Date of Publication: 01/06/2008
Pages / Size: 220 / A5
Price: £34.99


David Cooper is Professor of Music and Technology at the University of Leeds. His research interests include the film music of Bernard Herrmann, Béla Bartók and Irish traditional music. He has written monographs on Herrmann's scores to Vertigo and The Ghost and Mrs Muir, and forthcoming publications include a study of the traditional music of Northern Ireland.

Christopher Fox is Research Professor in Music in the School of Arts at Brunel University. One of the leading experimental composers of his generation, his most recent new works have featured in the Wien Modern and Stockholm New Music festivals. He has written extensively on experimental and avant-garde music, and edited books on the music of Michael Finnissy, and the Darmstadt School.

Ian Sapiro is a Research Assistant in the School of Music at the University of Leeds, where he is also reading for a PhD investigating the role of the orchestrator in contemporary film scoring. His research interests include film music, particularly the scores of Trevor Jones, musical theatre and orchestration.