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The best years of British film music, 1936-1958

Author: Jan G Swynnoe
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Jan Swynnoe's study is concerned with the special British contribution to film music, detailing how the idiosyncrasies of British film, and of the British character, set it apart from its Hollywood counterpart. She shows how the differences between the two industries in all aspects of film making variously affected composers on both sides of the Atlantic."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan G Swynnoe
ISBN: 0851158625 9780851158624
OCLC Number: 47893190
Description: xvii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Differences between British and American films: a historical perspective --
Formulae in the classical Hollywood score --
A comparison between British and American composers in their approach to film scoring --
British composers' use of themes for narrative development --
Arnold Bax's musico-dramatic treatment of Oliver Twist --
Three other first attempts at feature-film scoring: 49th Parallel, The Halfway House and Blue Scar --
Dialogue scoring of British films of the 1930s --
The impact of the Second World War on British films, and developments in dialogue scoring in the 1940s --
A look at some British films scored by foreign composers --
The decline of British cinema in the 1950s, and the consequences for British film scores --
The author in conversation with Roy Douglas, 4 August 1993 --
'The True Story of The Warsaw Concerto', by Roy Douglas --
Interview with Doreen Carwithen, 2 July 1997.
Responsibility: Jan G. Swynnoe.

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This acute and entertaining book will be indispensable for film-music buffs and enthusiasts for British music generally. Swynnoe writes out of deep knowledge and love of the subject. BBC MUSIC Read more...

 
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