on February 18, 2001
If you love great films, and love well crafted, magnificent film scores, this book is for you. To fully appreciate this book, you must read music, but the descriptive text is also excellent. The 3 and 4 staff musical scores clearly show how famed Hollywood composers create mood and deal with the psychology of important scenes in well known films. This is simply the best book on the analysis of film music. It describes and analyzes the drama of the film and the significance of the music in specific scences.
Hollywood, society, films, and film music were different years ago. This book covers the golden age of Hollywood and the golden age of film music. It includes excerpts of the actual scores of the best film composers who ever lived, matched with some of the best producers and directors ever.
on February 22, 1999
This books tells you all you want to know about the filmmusic industry but in my opinion in a little too technical point of view. Many interesting chapters (especially Music for Cartoons, about a.o. Tom & Jerry) with MANY musical examples. Unfortunately the composers mentioned are a little out of date and masters like John Williams, John Barry and James Horner are not even mentioned! Catastrophally but it can be protected when we know how hard it would be to get musical examples from these composers printed in the book. You have to have a deep desire to learn about this business if this book is gonna give you anything. If you have the desire then it's absolutely great reading and a "must-have" in your library!