Scoring the Score is the first scholarly examination of the orchestrator's role in the contemporary film industry. Orchestrators are crucial to the production of a film's score, yet they have not received significant consideration in film-music research. This book sheds light on this often-overlooked yet vital profession. It considers the key processes of orchestrating and arranging and how they relate, musical and filmic training, the wide-ranging responsibilities of the orchestrator on a film-scoring project, issues related to working practices, the impact of technology, and the differences between the UK and US production processes as they affect orchestrators.
Drawing on interviews with American and British orchestrators and composers, Scoring the Score aims to expose this often hidden profession through a rigorous examination of the creative process and working practices, and analysis of the skills, training and background common to orchestrators. It will appeal to scholars, students, and practitioners of film music.
Ian Sapiro is Lecturer in Music at the University of Leeds.
Foreword Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: Interviews and Interviewees Chapter 2: Orchestrating and Arranging Chapter 3: Becoming an Orchestrator Chapter 4: The Impact of Technology Chapter 5: Involvement in a Film-Scoring Project Chapter 6: Working Practices Chapter 7: Local Differences in a Global Industry Chapter 8: The Role of the Orchestrator in the Contemporary Film Industry Appendix A: Outline Interview Schedules Appendix B: Interviewee Details Appendix C: Information on Software Packages Index