Jerome Moross's The Big Country: A Film Score Guide (Film Score Guides)
By: Mariana Whitmer (author)Paperback
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Produced in 1958, The Big Country featured an all-star cast that included Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, and Oscar-winner Burl Ives. One of the most enduring elements of the film has been Jerome Moross's score. In Jerome Moross's The Big Country: A Film Score Guide, Mariana Whitmer examines Moross's landmark work, a score that continues to attract listeners and influence composers of film, Westerns and otherwise. This book begins with a biographical survey of Moross's formative years, providing an historical context for understanding his approach to scoring The Big Country. Drawing upon Moross's original manuscripts and correspondence, Whitmer looks carefully at the score itself and examines the music's individual cues. Finally, the aftermath of this score is considered, including how it has influenced not only subsequent Westerns but also music videos.
Mariana Whitmer teaches film music and manages special programs at the Center for American Music at the University of Pittsburgh.
Editor's Foreward Kate Daubney Acknowledgements Preface: Reinventing the Western Film Score Chapter 1: Jerome Moross in Hollywood Chapter 2: Scoring Drama: Composing Theatre and Film Chapter 3: The Critical/Historical Context of The Big Country Chapter 4: Changing the Western Soundscape Chapter 5: Analysis of the Score Afterward: The Big Country's Legacy Appendix Notes Bibliography Index About the Author
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