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Palgrave Studies in Audio-Visual Culture

British Film Music

Musical Traditions in British Cinema, 1930s–1950s

Authors: Mazey, Paul

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  • Explores how British films from the 1930s to the 1950s draw upon the heritage of British music by employing a range of historically significant musical styles and types in their scores
  • Uncovers the connection between British film music and the Victorian campaign to raise the quality and appreciation of British art music that resulted in what has been dubbed the English Musical Renaissance
  • Builds upon and extends earlier scholarship to bring to light previously unexplored aspects of film music practice in the British industry 
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This book offers a fresh approach to British film music by tracing the influence of Britain’s musical heritage on the film scores of this era. From the celebration of landscape and community encompassed by pastoral music and folk song, and the connection of both with the English Musical Renaissance, to the mystical strains of choral sonorities and the stirring effects of the march, this study explores the significance of music in British film culture. With detailed analyses of the work of such key filmmakers as Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Laurence Olivier and Carol Reed, and composers including Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton and Brian Easdale, this systematic and in-depth study explores the connotations these musical styles impart to the films and considers how each marks them with a particularly British inflection. 

About the authors

Paul Mazey is an Associate Teacher of Film and Television at the University of Bristol, UK.  He has published articles on British film music in the Journal of British Cinema & Television and Revenant journal.  

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“In this scholarly and highly-readable musical journey, Paul Mazey offers an articulated and fresh outlook on the use of music in British cinema. If the scope of the investigation is limited to three decades (1930s to 1950s), its range is both deep and sweeping, in the way it excavates into the depths of the single case-studies while at the same time connecting Film Studies with Musicology, demonstrating to what extent British film music is indebted to th​e English Musical Renaissance. Film music, British music, British cinema: scholars and readers in all these fields will certainly welcome Mazey’s work.” (Dr Emilio Audissino, University of Southampton, UK, is a film scholar and film musicologist, author of and Film/Music Analysis: A Film Studies Approach (2017)) 

“Paul Mazey’s eloquent analysis of the idiosyncratic nature of British film score will be of great value to those interested in the role of various forms of traditional English music within film. Via detailed analysis of an array of pertinent examples, mainly taken from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, Mazey elegantly reveals a unique relationship between the score and what is seen, particularly in terms of representations of landscape and community. In doing so, Mazey’s book will appeal to scholars of both film and music.” (Anthony Hogg, Independent Scholar) 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British Film Music
Book Subtitle
Musical Traditions in British Cinema, 1930s–1950s
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Audio-Visual Culture
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-33550-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-33550-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-33549-6
Series ISSN
2634-6354
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 213
Number of Illustrations
31 b/w illustrations
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