"A wonderfully coherent, comprehensive, groundbreaking, and thoroughly engaging study of perhaps the most underexamined important element of Hitchcock''s artistry."—Sidney Gottlieb, editor of Hitchcock on Hitchcock: Selected Writings and Interviews
"Hitchcock''s sophistication about and control of film music is an important aspect of his greatness, and one that separates him from other pantheon directors. This deeply researched and keenly written book fills a void and should be indispensable to passionate Hitchcock scholars—and fans."—Patrick McGilligan, author of "Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light"
"Hitchcock was a master of film music as well as cinema suspense, and Sullivan''s spirited study lives up to its fascinating topic on every page. A milestone in Hitchcock criticism."—David Sterritt, author of "The Films of Alfred Hitchcock"
"Jack Sullivan shows in arresting detail how Hitchcock and his gifted composers used music ingeniously not only to build suspense and punctuate the action but to amplify the whole emotional atmosphere of his films."—Morris Dickstein, CUNY Graduate Center
"A richly evocative study that combines important new scholarship with sparkling sensibility. Sullivan vividly documents Hitchcock''s restless eclecticism and bold interweaving of musical styles—popular, classical, avant-garde, and electronic."—Camille Paglia, author of Sexual Personae and The Birds (BFI Film Classics)
"We might think Hitchcock needed music less than other filmmakers, but Jack Sullivan, in this lovingly researched and articulated book, shows he needed it more. Music said everything Hitchcock couldn''t say, even in pictures, and Mr. Sullivan expertly proves that the master''s every soundtrack tells an intricate and often romantic story."—Michael Wood, Princeton University
About the Author
Jack Sullivan is director of American Studies and professor of English at Rider University. He is the author of New World Symphonies: How American Culture Changed European Music, published by Yale University Press. He lives in New York City.