A History of Film Music
Mervyn Cooke, University of Nottingham
| HB | 584 Pages
| 27 b/w illus.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Available for: SAARC Countries only
Mervyn Cooke provides a comprehensive and lively introduction to the major trends in film scoring from the silent era to the present day, focussing not only on dominant Hollywood practices but also offering an international perspective by including case studies of the national cinemas of the UK, France, India, Italy, Japan and the early Soviet Union. The book balances wide-ranging overviews of film genres, modes of production and critical reception with detailed non-technical descriptions of the interaction between image track and soundtrack in representative individual films. In addition to the central focus on narrative cinema, separate sections are also devoted to music in documentary and animated films, film musicals and the uses of popular and classical music in the cinema. The author analyses the varying technological and aesthetic issues that have shaped the history of film music, and concludes with an account of the modern film composer's working practices.
1. The 'silent' cinema
2. Sound on track
3. Hollywood's Golden Age: narrative cinema and the classical film score
4. Stage and screen
5. The mainstream divides: postwar horizons in Hollywood
6. 'Never let it be mediocre': film music in the United Kingdom
7. Defectors to television: the documentary film
8. Film music in France
9. Global highlights: early sound films in the Soviet Union
India: Bollywood and beyond
From Italy to Little Italy
10. Popular music in the cinema
11. Classical music in the cinema
12. State of the art: film music since the New Hollywood.