Overtones and Undertones: Reading Film Music by Royal S. Brown

By Royal S. Brown

because the days of silent movies, track has been critical to the cinematic adventure, serving, variously, to allay audiences' fears of the darkish and to intensify a film's emotional influence. but audience are usually ignorant of its presence. during this daring, insightful publication, movie and song pupil and critic Royal S. Brown invitations readers not just to "hear" the movie ranking, yet to appreciate it relating to what they "see."

Unlike prior books, which provided historic, technical, and sociopolitical analyses, Overtones and Undertones attracts on movie, tune, and narrative concept to supply the 1st complete aesthetics of movie song. concentrating on how the film/score interplay impacts our reaction to cinematic events, Brown strains the background of movie track from its beginnings, overlaying either American and eu cinema. on the middle of his publication are shut readings of numerous of the simplest film/score interactions, together with Psycho, Laura, the ocean Hawk, Double Indemnity, and Pierrot le Fou. In revealing interviews with Bernard Herrmann, Miklós Rósza, Henry Mancini, and others, Brown additionally permits the composers to talk for themselves. a whole discography and bibliography finish the volume.

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