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Composing for the films

Author: Hanns Eisler; Theodor W Adorno
Publisher: London ; Atlantic Highlands, NJ : Athlone Press, 1994.
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This classic account of the nature of film music aesthetics was first published in 1947. Its value comes from a unique combination of talents and experience enjoyed by the book's authors. Eisler's time at Hollywood gave him a particular insight on the technical questions which arise for composers when music is used in the production of films; while Adorno was able to contribute on wide aesthetic and sociological  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Eisler, Hanns, 1898-1962.
Composing for the films.
London ; Atlantic Highlands, NJ : Athlone Press, 1994
(OCoLC)655349668
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hanns Eisler; Theodor W Adorno
ISBN: 0485114542 9780485114546 0485121077 9780485121070
OCLC Number: 30477366
Notes: Originally published under Eisler's name alone: New York : Oxford University Press, 1947.
Description: liii, 171 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: New Introduction / Graham McCann --
1. Prejudices and Bad Habits --
2. Function and Dramaturgy --
3. The New Musical Resources --
4. Sociological Aspects --
5. Elements of Aesthetics --
6. The Composer and the Movie-Making Process --
7. Suggestions and Conclusions --
Appendix: Report on the Film Music Project --
Appendix: Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain.
Responsibility: Theodor Adorno & Hanns Eisler ; with a new introduction by Graham McCann.

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This classic account of the nature of film music aesthetics was first published in 1947. Its value comes from a unique combination of talents and experience enjoyed by the book's authors. Eisler's time at Hollywood gave him a particular insight on the technical questions which arise for composers when music is used in the production of films; while Adorno was able to contribute on wide aesthetic and sociological matters as well as specifically musical questions. Above all, the authors envisaged the book as a contribution to the study of modern, industrialised culture; and, in this respect, it has a particular importance to the whole area of Cultural Studies.

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