Inside Film Music: Composers Speak

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Silman-James Press, 2006 - Music - 358 pages
Designed to speak clearly and intelligently to non-musicians and musicians alike, "Inside Film Music" is a must for every film music fan. Through its forty-plus lively, insightful interviews, it delves deeply into the creative process, the basics of musical thought, filmmaking's collaborative nature, and the individual psyches of its participating composers. It covers every current style of film music, the essence of what it means to write a score for motion pictures ... and much more. Composers featured included Academy Award Winners John Barry (Dances with Wolves, Out of Africa, Goldfinger); Rachel Portman (Mona Lisa Smile, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat); Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love); and Gabriel Yared (Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley, City of Angels, The English Patient). Also interviewed are Academy Award Nominees John Debney (Sin City, The Passion of the Christ, Bruce Almighty, Spy Kids); Philip Glass (The Hours, Kundun); Mark Isham (Freedom Writers, The Black Dahlia, Home for the Holidays, Quiz Show); Marc Shaiman (How Harry Met Sally, Ghosts of Mississippi, A Few Good Men, City Slickers, Misery); and Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, The Polar Express). Additionally there is commentary from Marco Beltrami (Hellboy,The Terminator 3); Mychael Danna (Little Miss Sunshine, Capote); Cliff Martinez (Wonderland, Traffic, Sex, Lies and Videotape); and Jeff Rona (TV series: Homicide, Chicago Hope, Profiler).

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User Review  - Joles - LibraryThing

This book is an excellent insight into the minds of today's film composers. Most of the questions were helpful while some were rather pointless. Some topics I would have liked the interviewer to go ... Read full review

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User Review  - charlesroe - LibraryThing

Truly a joy to read. To get inside a composer's head and understand the thought process is very insightful. I'm really enjoying this book. Read full review


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