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Film Music in Focus


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Part one: introduction and overview Background information Influences: a short history of cinema sound Part two: film genres and their composers Early sound films Epic films (historical, romance and westerns) Drama, mystery and suspense Comedy War films Animation Horror, sci-fi and the supernatural Romance, action and adventure Musicals Documentaries Art films Modern blockbusters World cinema Compilation soundtracks Part three: useful information Examinations Epilogue and resources Glossary Index

About the Author

David Ventura read music at Edinburgh University and is currently director of music at Hereford Sixth Form College. He has lectured nationwide on music technology and has advised the UK Government on assessment in the National Curriculum for music at all key stages. He has acted as a consultant for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, was chair of the Southern Examining Group's GCSE panel, examined for a number of boards, and has also run many teacher-training courses for Keynote Education. He is a prolific composer and enjoys playing jazz piano.


'Film Music in Focus is an outstanding resource, packed with relevant information, comprehensively structured and with an extremely wide coverage. It provides a solid introduction and reference resource for the study of film music.' Dr Kevin Donnelly, Film Department, University of Southampton 'With its careful blend of historical context, technical explanation and insightful genre analysis, this is an extremely useful introductory book for all students who want to learn more about the art and industry of film music.' Miguel Mera, Film Composer and Senior Lecturer in Music, City University, London 'A very useful resource for film, media and music students and teachers alike. It covers a wide range of genres and their associated key composers, giving a very clear and digestible overview of the field.' Christine James, Education Programmer, BFI Education

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