Listening to Movies: The Film Lover’s Guide to Film Music

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This text is a lay person's guide to the world of film music, from the silent era to the present day. Oscar-winning film composer Fred Karlin describes how music is written and recorded for the movies; who the composers are and how they work with film makers; and the music itself – what to listen for in a film score, and what makes one score better than another.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 429 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer; 1 edition (May 13, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028733150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028733159
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds

Customer Reviews


 on June 24, 2013
By Stephany Martinez
I bought this because I thought I would need it for my class,

A fun, informative read…

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 25, 2006
By A. Person
This is not a book teaching how to write a film score. Instead, it shows how film scores are conceived, created, and recorded, and is written for any enthusiast to enjoy. There are chapters covering who does what, how they do it, the machines involved, and case studies of several films with notable scores. In addition to explaining current practice, the book includes historical material about the legendary film music of the old-time studios and their staff composers and orchestras. The appendix section has guides to various composers listing their works, and a list of movies listing their composers. You can even look up Academy Award winners from each year! This is a fun book to sit and browse through.

Attention: Film-music lovers !

8 people found this helpful.
 on February 6, 1997
This is an absolutely fantastic chronology of film music through the ages… from the silent era to the “John Williams” era to today.

Again and again…

2 people found this helpful.
 on September 28, 2000
By Amazon Customer
I wrote the above review over 3 years ago, and I think I’ve re-read this book as many times since then. I *still* can’t get enough of it.

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