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Palgrave Studies in Audio-Visual Culture

Film/Music Analysis

A Film Studies Approach

Authors: Audissino, Emilio

  • Deals comprehensively with film music from a film scholar’s perspective
  • Applies Neoformalism and Gestalt Theory in place of a culturalist/hermeneutic approach
  • Widens our understanding of the agency of film music to include cases in which music performs formal/stylistic functions
  • Considers international films spanning from the classical to the contemporary cinema
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About this book

This book offers an approach to film music in which music and visuals are seen as equal players in the game. The field of Film-Music Studies has been increasingly dominated by musicologists and this book brings the discipline back squarely into the domain of Film Studies. Blending Neoformalism with Gestalt Psychology and Leonard B. Meyer's musicology, this study treats music as a cinematic element and offers scholars and students of both music and film a set of tools to help them analyse the wide ranging impact that music has in films.

About the authors

Dr Emilio Audissino is a film historian and film musicologist based at the University of Southampton, UK. He has published widely on the topic of film music and is the author of John Williams's Film Music: Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Return of the Classical Hollywood Music Style (2014). 

Reviews

“In this compelling analysis of how film music functions in a wide variety of contexts, Audissino illustrates his clearly explained theoretical concepts with numerous well-chosen examples and substantial case studies. Approaching its subject primarily (and refreshingly) from a film-studies perspective, this book will equally prove an immensely useful and thought-provoking resource for anyone interested in music and cinema.” (Mervyn Cooke, Professor of Music at University of Nottingham, UK, and author of A History of Film Music, 2008)

“Thirty years ago, Claudia Gorbman pioneered placing film music within regular film theory. Now it once again seems necessary to apply a theoretical frame which allows music to be treated as a cinematic device and not as autonomous music. Here Emilio Audissino couples neoformalism and Meyer’s musicology into an analytical tool that highlights the interplay between film and music. This book is indispensable for every scholar who wants to analyze and understand film music.” (Ann-Kristin Wallengren, Professor in Film Studies, Lund University, Sweden, and co-editor (with K.J. Donnelly) of Today’s Sounds for Yesterday’s Films: Making Music for Silent Cinema, 2016)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Who Is Entitled to Study Film Music?

    Audissino, Emilio

    Pages 1-13

  • The Not-so-fantastical Gap Between Music Studies and Film Studies

    Audissino, Emilio

    Pages 17-43

  • Recent Attempts to Bridge the Gap and Overcome a Separatist Conception

    Audissino, Emilio

    Pages 45-63

  • The Neoformalist Proposal

    Audissino, Emilio

    Pages 67-93

  • Film/Music Analysis I: Music, Gestalt, and Audiovisual Isomorphism

    Audissino, Emilio

    Pages 95-124

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-61693-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-61692-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Film/Music Analysis
Book Subtitle
A Film Studies Approach
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Audio-Visual Culture
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61693-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61693-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61692-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 245
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations
Topics