Film Music and Everything Else

Film Music and Everything Else

Paperback: 131 pages
Publisher: Turnstyle Music (September 25, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0970427301
ISBN-13: 978-0970427304
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches

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For many years, film composer Charles Bernstein (no relation to Elmer) has been writing a column about the film scoring process for THE SCORE, the quarterly newsletter of the Society of Composers and Lyricists.  30 of those columns have been collected into this slim but compelling volume.  Bernstein’s expertise and history give him and edge, of course – he is writing from the inside, addressing his comments and opinions to his peers and colleagues.  For us on the outside, it’s fascinating to glimpse the creative mind as it addresses the artistic and practical concerns of the business.  Bernstein discusses such ideas and ideals as creativity and inspiration, film music as fast food versus high cuisine, architecture of film music, the value of songs and of dance, the nature of melody, film music fashions (and change), limitations faced by film composers, can music heal?, scoring sex scenes, the art versus science debate, what is originality, a notable and persuasive column about the shadow side of film composers (jealousy, envy, anxiety, etc), and a touching tribute to Georges Delerue.  Bernstein’s missives are short but nourishing – snacks of brain food that will enhance one’s appreciation of the art, the creative process, and the conditions under which great cinematic musical art is crafted.

Randall D. Larson

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