Film Music in Brazil

Of South American countries, Brazil is probably the most visible cinematically, with a large and prolific film industry. Likewise, its efforts in film music are also noteworthy and predominant among South American film making countries. A recent issue of the Brazilian magazine Film Cultura (Vol. 14 #37, Jan/March 1981) discussed the state of the art…

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Film Music in China

Cinema in China developed slowly, the first locally made film being an adaptation of scenes from a Chinese opera, Tingchun Mountain, made in 1908. When sound came to motion pictures, Chinese filmmakers found themselves burdened with the additional problem of producing synchronized talkies for a multidialect population. As a result, a decentralization of film production…

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Film Music in Czechoslovakia

Of the Eastern European countries, both Poland and Czechoslovakia have gained strong reputations for their impressive contributions to world cinema. Czechoslovakia, in particular, has made itself notable for different types of animation, and much of the country’s films, both feature length and short subjects, have contained strong symphonic scores. There are about ten composers in…

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Film Music in Holland

The Netherlands (also called Holland). Population: 14.5 million. Location: Squeezed in between Belgium, Germany and the North Sea. Annual production of feature films: 10-15. However: a leading European country in the production of documentary films, including those of Joris Ivens and Bert Haanstra. The interest in film music is limited in Holland. There is hardly…

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Film Music in India

Film music in India is particularly characterized by the frequent use of song. Unlike the commercial use of songs in Western cinema, the Indian film song is deeply rooted in cultural tradition and mythology and, more times than not, is a reflection of the religious tones embodied in the Indian cinema and culture. An issue…

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Film Music in Spain

Many thanks to Dolores Devesa of Filmoteca Española, Spain’s National Film Archives, for providing much of the background information and photographic material for this report. Antón García Abril Antón García Abril was born in Teruel in 1933. After studying in Spain he went to Italy to attend the ‘Accademia Chigiana di Siena’ musical courses, where…

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