Knowing The Score


Film Composers Talk About the Art, Craft, Blood, Sweat, and Tears of Writing for Cinema

Paperback: 314pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (December 5, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0380804824
ISBN-13: 978-0380804825
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5 x 0.9 inches

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In a pleasing change to the traditional collection of interviews by composer, film journalist David Morgan has collected interviews with 16 film composers and one record producer (Robert Townson of Varese Sarabande) and presented them in a topical format. By addressing the topic this way, Morgan paints an intriguing picture of the art and business of motion picture scoring with the input of various composers explaining and enhancing each topic. Morgan covers such topics as getting into the business, collaboration and adaptation, beginning the scoring process, the recording process, scoring period films, scoring sequels.  Along the way he sidesteps to focus on a single composer and a single score, illuminating his coverage of film music by specific examples.  Shire on RETURN TO OZ, Kamen on BRAZIL, Doyle on HENRY V and LOVE’S LABOURS LOST, Bernstein on THE GRIFTERS and CAPE FEAR, Burwell on ROB ROY, Glass on KOYAANISQATSI and KUNDUN, Poledouris and CONAN, Isham on NEVER CRY WOLF and FLY AWAY HOME, Pook on EYES WIDE SHUT, Cmiral on RONIN, Danna on THE SWEET HEREAFTER, Corigliano on RED VIOLIN, Goldenthal on THE BUTCHER BOY and TITUS.  Others interviewed for the main narrative include Elfman, Goldsmith, Menken, and Raksin. The interview with Townson, appearing at the end of the book, addresses the creation of the Alex North/2001 CD and the challenges of making lasting art on compact disc out of motion picture music.  A good book, quick to read, at a very reasonable price.

Randall D. Larson



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