Hitchcock's Music

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Music - 384 pages
For half a century Alfred Hitchcock created films full of gripping and memorable music. Over his long career he presided over more musical styles than any director in history and ultimately changed how we think about film music. This book is the first to fully explore the essential role music played in the movies of Alfred Hitchcock.
Based on extensive interviews with composers, writers, and actors, and research in rare archives, Jack Sullivan discusses how Hitchcock used music to influence the atmosphere, characterization, and even storylines of his films. Sullivan examines the director’s important relationships with various composers, especially Bernard Herrmann, and tells the stories behind the musical decisions.  Covering the whole of the director’s career, from the early British works up to Family Plot, this engaging look at the work of Alfred Hitchcock offers new insight into his achievement and genius and changes the way we watch—and listen—to his movies.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 The Music Starts
1
Hitchcocks Forgotten Operetta
20
Storm Clouds over Royal Albert Hall
31
British Hitchcock
39
Music to Raise the Dead
58
CHAPTER 6 Waltzing into Danger
81
CHAPTER 7 Sounds of War
96
Theremins and Phallic Frescoes
106
Music from the Dark Side of the Moon
207
Music for Television
214
The Music of Longing and Loss
222
Fandango on the Rocks
235
The Music of Terror
243
Aviary Apocalypse
259
Hitchcock Fires Herrmann
273
The Music Is Back
290

Bright Sambas Dark Secrets
124
The Unhappy Finale of Hitchcock and Selznick
137
The PostSelznick Experiments
144
A Tiomkin Trio
156
The Redemptive Power of Popular Music
169
Hitchcocks Fifties Comedies
183
Doris Day versus the London Symphony
192
Out with Mancini Hold the Bach
298
Hitchcocks Exuberant Finale
308
HITCHCOCK AS MAESTRO
318
NOTES
323
INDEX
337
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