European Film Music (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series)

European Film Music (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series)

By: David Burnand (author), Miguel Mera (editor)Paperback

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The vast majority of writing on film music is concentrated on Hollywood in particular and on a canon of North American scores and films more generally. Recent scholarship acknowledges other traditions of film scoring but little has been written about European film music specifically. Miguel Mera and David Burnand present a volume that redresses the balance by exploring specific European filmic texts, composers and approaches to film scoring that have hitherto been neglected. Films involving British, French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Polish and Spanish composers are considered in detail. Starting from a study of the influence of propaganda on musical aesthetics in Nazi Germany the book includes an analysis of Italian neo-realist cinema, a consideration of the Ealing Comedies, experimental music in contemporary Spanish scoring, the invocation of traditional music, the portrayal of classical music performers, the use of space, silence and manipulation of time, and the depiction of the processes of scoring in independent film-making. Important issues that permeate all the essays involve the working relationship of composer and director, the dialectic between the diegetic and non-diegetic uses of music in films, the music-image synergism and the levels of realism that are created by the audio-visual mix. The book will appeal to those working in film studies, popular music studies, musicology, media studies and cultural theory.

About Author

Miguel Mera is Lecturer in the Centre for Screen Music Studies, Royal College of Music, UK. David Burnand is Head of Music Technology and Director of the Centre for Screen Music Studies at the Royal College of Music, UK.


Contents: Introduction, Miguel Mera and David Burnand; Per aspera ad astra and back again: film music in Germany from 1927 to 1945, Reimar Volker; Music, people and reality: the case of Italian neo-realism, Richard Dyer; Contemporary Spanish film music: Carlos Saura and Pedro AlmodA(3)var, Kathleen M. Vernon and Cliff Eisen; Music as a satirical device in the Ealing Comedies, Kate Daubney; Screen playing: cinematic representations of classical music performance and European identity, Janet K. Halfyard; Outing the synch: music and space in the French heritage film, Phil Powrie; SeA!n A" Riada and Irish post-colonial film music: George Morrison's Mise A0/00ire, David Cooper; Angel of the air: Popol Vuh's music and Werner Herzog's films, K.J. Donnelly; Modernity and a day: the functions of music in the films of Theo Angelopoulos, Miguel Mera; Preisner-Kieslowski: the art of synergetic understatement in Three Colours: Red, Jon Paxman; 'The rhythm of the night': reframing silence, music and masculinity in Beau Travail, Heather Laing; Scoring This Filthy Earth, David Burnand; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780754636595
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 220
  • ID: 9780754636595
  • weight: 340
  • ISBN10: 0754636593

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