Ive decided to take an active stance in educating filmmakers about the role of music in film and the process of how a film score comes into being my hope is that by the end of this series youll be more familiar with a the history of film music in general b the key composers who have contributed to the development of film music as an art. The sound of film music actually began in the early 1890s with the silent film when an accompanist in the theatre provided piano music as background to the image onscreen 1 at the turn of the century movie music became increasingly diegetic meaning it played an onscreen role in the story. Mervyn cooke hasnt written merely a history of film music when all the reckoning is done this will surely be the history of film music written for cinema from 1920s silent films to the latest hollywood blockbusters writing about a medium that as aaron copland once cogently put it is designed to be felt rather than explicitly heard is an exacting task and one that leaves many . A history of film music provides a comprehensive and lively introduction to the major trends in film scoring from the silent era to the present day focusing not only on dominant hollywood practices but also offering an international perspective by including case studies of the national cinemas of the united kingdom france india italy japan and the early soviet union the book balances
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