Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by halibut, Mar 3, 2009.
Can anyone recommend any books on film scoring and orchestrations?
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:
Hollywood Rhapsody: Movie Music and Its Makers, 1900 to 1975 by Gary Marmorstein (Excellent book!)
Music for the Movies by Tony Thomas
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
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 AndrÃ© Previn
Double Life: The Autobiography of MiklÃ³s RÃ³zsa
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
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.
That second one looks great. Just ordered it from Amazon
And it's here
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.
EDIT: Well, from amazon anyway. It's cheaper elsewhere
Does it talk about how all his scores sound the same, particularly how Robocop 2 is a ripoff of his Star Trek 4 score?
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]