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Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by halibut, Mar 3, 2009.

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  1. halibut

    halibut Ex-Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Can anyone recommend any books on film scoring and orchestrations?
     
  2. Mastadge

    Mastadge Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    My own taste in film score books tends away from the technical and academic, but these are the recommended tomes on my shelf. If you find them on Amazon many of them will have links in the "also recommended" areas to more technical sorts of books:

    General:
    Hollywood Rhapsody: Movie Music and Its Makers, 1900 to 1975 by Gary Marmorstein (Excellent book!)
    Music for the Movies by Tony Thomas

    Interviews:
    Knowing the Score: Film Composers Talk About the Art, Craft, Blood, Sweat, and Tears of Writing for Cinema
    Inside Film Music: Composers Speak by Christian Desjardins

    (auto)biography/composer specific:
    John Barry - The Man With the Midas Touch by Geoff Leonard, Pete Walker and Gareth Bramley (not a huge Barry fan but this is an amazing and comprehensive tome)
    A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann by Steven C. Smith
    Did They Mention the Music?: The Autobiography of Henry Mancini
    No Minor Chords: My Days in Hollywood by André Previn
    Double Life: The Autobiography of Miklós Rózsa
     
  3. halibut

    halibut Ex-Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I was after something on the technical side. A "how to" rather than history, but I'll look up some of those. They sound interesting :)

    I did find this one

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Track-Guide-Contemporary-Film-Scoring/dp/0415941369

    Looks good :)
     
  4. Cerrabore

    Cerrabore Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Listening to Movies: A Film Lover's Guide to Film Music by Fred Karlin is the textbook for my film music class. It's targeted toward the untrained listener.

    [link=http://www.berkleemusic.com/store/product?product_id=11222]Berkleemusic Complete Guide to Film Scoring[/link] is more on the technical/theoretical side. Interviews with many eminent composers included.
     
  5. halibut

    halibut Ex-Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    That second one looks great. Just ordered it from Amazon :D
     
  6. halibut

    halibut Ex-Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    And it's here :D
     
  7. andy1044

    andy1044 Jedi Knight star 2

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    I have the Berklee book. It's got a fair amount of good stuff to say.

    Also, check out The Art of Film Music by George Burt. It talks more about older composers like Leonard Rosenmann, Hugo Friedhofer, Alex North etc. but it has some very good examples of their music as well as detailed breakdowns and interviews with the composers.

    If you're planning on using samples to realize your music, invest immediately in Paul Gilreath's "The MIDI Guide to Orchestration." It's practically the bible for realistic midi realizations.
     
  8. halibut

    halibut Ex-Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    £160?!??!!!????!?

    EDIT: Well, from amazon anyway. It's cheaper elsewhere
     
  9. Jedi_Keiran_Halcyon

    Jedi_Keiran_Halcyon Jedi Knight star 6

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    Does it talk about how all his scores sound the same, particularly how Robocop 2 is a ripoff of his Star Trek 4 score?:p
     
  10. Robi-Wan

    Robi-Wan Jedi Master star 4

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    I bought these the other day. Seeing this thread after makes me a little more confident on my choice.

    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Scoring-Richard-Davis/dp/0634006363/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b]Complete Guide to Film Scoring[/link]


    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Score-Screen-Sequencers-Thoughts-Scoring/dp/0825673089/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b]From Score To Screen: Sequencers, Scores And Second Thoughts - The New Film Scoring Process[/link]

     
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