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About Film Music @ NUL Music Library
The Music Library hosts a plethora of film music primary and secondary resources. This subject campaign highlights a few notable items in our collections.
Journals to Peruse
The Journal of Film Music
The Journal of Film Music is a forum for the musicological study of film from the standpoint of dramatic musical art.
Music & the Moving Image
Music, music education, performance, ethnomusicology, musical theatre, theory, popular music forms and composition journal articles.
Books to Consider
Tunes For 'Toons': Music and the Hollywood Cartoon by
In the first in-depth examination of music written for Hollywood animated cartoons of the 1930s through the 1950s, Daniel Goldmark provides a brilliant account of the enormous creative effort that went into setting cartoons to music and shows how this effort shaped the characters and stories that have become embedded in American culture. Focusing on classical music, opera, and jazz, Goldmark considers the genre and compositional style of cartoons produced by major Hollywood animation studios, including Warner Bros., MGM, Lantz, and the Fleischers. Tunes for 'Toons discusses several well-known cartoons in detail, including What's Opera, Doc?, the 1957 Warner Bros. parody of Wagner and opera that is one of the most popular cartoons ever created. Goldmark pays particular attention to the work of Carl Stalling and Scott Bradley, arguably the two most influential composers of music for theatrical cartoons. Though their musical backgrounds and approaches to scoring differed greatly, Stalling and Bradley together established a unique sound for animated comedies that has not changed in more than seventy years. Using a rich range of sources including cue sheets, scores, informal interviews, and articles from hard-to-find journals, the author evaluates how music works in an animated universe. Reminding readers of the larger context in which films are produced and viewed, this book looks at how studios employed culturally charged music to inspire their stories and explores the degree to which composers integrated stylistic elements of jazz and the classics into their scores.
Call Number: ML2075.G65 T8
Publication Date: 2005-10-10
Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music by
pt. 1. Music in the narrative cinema: ch. 1. Narratological perspectives on film music -- ch. 2. Why music? From silents to sound -- ch. 3. Why music? The sound film and its spectator -- ch. 4. Classical Hollywood practice: the model of Max Steiner -- ch. 5. Eisler/Adorno's critique -- pt. 2. Three analyses: ch. 6. Vigo/Jaubert: Zéro de conduite and problems of methodology -- ch. 7. Music and sound space in Sous les toits de Paris
Call Number: ML2075 .G67 U6
Publication Date: 1987-12-01
Music for silent film : a guide to North American resources by
Part I : Primary sources. Archives ; Rental and lending libraries ; Instruction books ; Photoplay albums ; Interviews and biographies ; Books ; Articles -- Part 2 : Secondary sources. Scholarly books ; Scholarly articles.
Call Number: ML128 .M7 L46 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Film Music: A History by
Film Music: A Historyexplains the development of film music by considering large-scale aesthetic trends and structural developments alongside socioeconomic, technological, cultural, and philosophical circumstances. The book's four large parts are given over to Music and the "Silent" Film (1894--1927), Music and the Early Sound Film (1895--1933), Music in the "Classical-Style" Hollywood Film (1933--1960), and Film Music in the Post-Classic Period (1958--2008). Whereas most treatments of the subject are simply chronicles of "great film scores" and their composers, this book offers a genuine history of film music in terms of societal changes and technological and economic developments within the film industry. Instead of celebrating film-music masterpieces, it deals--logically and thoroughly--with the complex 'machine' whose smooth running allowed those occasional masterpieces to happen and whose periodic adjustments prompted the large-scale twists and turns in film music's path.
Call Number: ML2075.W54 F5
Publication Date: 2009-01-21
When you Wish Upon a Star : A Salute to Walt Disney by
The happiest millionaire : (selections) / Richard & Robert Sherman (9:37) -- Disney salute / R. & R. Sherman ; J. Dodd (4:28) -- Mary Poppins : (selections) / R. & R. Sherman (7:01) -- Davy Crockett / George Bruns (4:45) -- Pinocchio / Leigh Harline (8:18) -- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang : (selections) / R. & R. Sherman (9:02) -- The great mouse detective / Henry Mancini (3:32) -- When you wish upon a star / L. Harline ; arr. H. Mancini (3:30) -- Snow White : (selections) / Frank Churchill (11:24) -- It's a small world / R. & R. Sherman (4:14).
Publication Date: 2007
Lontano ; Atmosphères ; Apparitions ; San Francisco polyphony ; Concert Românesc by
Ligeti, György, 1923-2006. Lontano.
Ligeti, György, 1923-2006. Atmosphères.
Ligeti, György, 1923-2006. San Francisco polyphony.
Ligeti, György, 1923-2006. Apparitions.
Ligeti, György, 1923-2006. Concert românesc.
Ligeti, György, 1923-2006. Romanian concerto
Ligeti, György, 1923-2006. Rumänisches Konzert
Ligeti, György, 1923-2006. Concerto roumain
Call Number: CD17712
Publication Date: 2002
Overture -- Main title -- Pharsalia -- Caesar to Egypt -- The VIPs/King Ptolemy -- Pomey's ring -- A gift for Caesar -- Only yesterday -- Epilepsy -- Great library -- Moon gate -- Taste of death -- Sympathy -- Coronation -- Fertility -- Alexander's tomb -- Calpurnia -- The fire burns/Son of Caesar -- Caesar's departure -- Cleopatra enters Rome -- By divine right -- Death in the garden -- Caesar's assassination -- Requiem -- Farewell -- Entr'acte (Caesar & Cleopatra) -- Hail Antony -- Isis -- Love theme (reprise) -- Cleopatra's barge -- Most becoming -- Food -- Antony and Cleopatra in Tarses -- Bacchus -- Antony and Cleopatra's love -- One breath closer -- Love and hate -- Athens -- Cleopatra's ambition -- War -- Interlude/Sea battle -- My love is my master -- Two heads -- Better late than never -- Cleopatra's son/Antony's camp -- Never fear -- Grant me an honorable way to die -- Antony's retreat/Transitions -- Dying is less than love -- Octavian the victor -- Antony-- wait -- Epilogue -- Exit music (Antony and Cleopatra)
Publication Date: 2001