The Soul of Cinema: An Appreciation of Film Music

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Filling a void in the literature on film music appreciation, this volume provides a consolidation of relevant film music with information about film composers and their scores. The volume also features well-illustrated information about each film with a text that clearly illustrates a well-rounded and in-depth look at film music. The reference addresses the functions of film scoring, the operational aspects of the industry, music for silent films, early sound film, the rise of the symphonic film score, the golden age of film music, the age of versatility, new faces enter the ranks and the 21st century. For film and music enthusiasts and others interested in the evolution of music in film.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (August 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130304654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130304650
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

Customer Reviews

This textbook was very useful for taking a "Music in Film" class

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 14, 2016
By Scott C. Supplee
This textbook was very useful for taking a “Music in Film” class. There is a lot of interesting information about music in movies as well as directors and famous scores throughout the decade. Seeing movies in the theaters and on tv after reading and studying this textbook is better, as I now appreciate the steps and involvement of the composer working with the director.

Great book about film and music.

One person found this helpful.
 on December 24, 2015
By Rob Dahl
One of the best books about the background of music in the cinema. Starting before film was present and continuing to current films this book discusses composers, the Hollywood studios, and how music affected audiences before the golden age of film to how soundbites are used now in film. It is easy to read and understand. It is a textbook and comes with chapter questions that can be used or ignored.

Five Stars

 on September 19, 2017
By KingKong
Very informative, clearly written text.

soul of cinema

 on February 23, 2014
By Cheryl G
The Soul of Cinema is a good read filled with great knowledge regarding how to score music and how music was scored past and present, however I don’t recommed renting the book because the book i received the pages were all stuck together disgusting.

Very informative and easy to understand

 on October 23, 2014
By Christian
It’s very informative and gives a lot of examples and definitions, so people like me (someone who knows close to nothing of the technicalities of music or film) can understand what is going on.

Five Stars

 on October 3, 2016
By Amazon Customer
It was exactly what I needed.

Four Stars

 on December 13, 2015
By Filmgeek
Useful book for understanding film music history.

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