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Film music is as old as cinema itself. Years before synchronized sound became the norm, projected moving images were shown to musical accompaniment, whether performed by a lone piano player or a hundred-piece orchestra. Today film music has become its own industry, indispensable to the marketability of movies around the world.
Film Music: A Very Short Introduction is a compact, lucid, and thoroughly engaging overview written by one of the leading authorities on the subject. After opening with a fascinating analysis of the music from a key sequence in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Kathryn Kalinak introduces readers not only to important composers and musical styles but also to modern theoretical concepts about how and why film music works. Throughout the book she embraces a global perspective, examining film music in Asia and the Middle East as well as in Europe and the United States. Key collaborations between directors and composers--Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann, Akira Kurosawa and Fumio Hayasaka, Federico Fellini and Nino Rota, to name only a few--come under scrutiny, as do the oft-neglected practices of the silent film era. She also explores differences between original film scores and compilation soundtracks that cull music from pre-existing sources.
As Kalinak points out, film music can do many things, from establishing mood and setting to clarifying plot points and creating emotions that are only dimly realized in the images. This book illuminates the many ways it accomplishes those tasks and will have its readers thinking a bit more deeply and critically the next time they sit in a darkened movie theater and music suddenly swells as the action unfolds onscreen.
Panseron's A B S Of Music
From the PREFACE:
Auguste Mathieu Panseron was born in Paris, April 26, 1796. He entered the Conservatoire at an early age, winning the Grand prix de Rome (1813). While in Italy, beside pursuing his theoretical work, he made an exhaustive study of the art of singing and the style of the old Italian masters. After travelling in Austria and Germany he returned to Paris and became a teacher. In 1826 he was made professor of Solfege at the Conservatoire; in 1831 professor of Vocalization, and in 1836 professor of Singing. This long experience made his text-books and his works on singing especially valuable. Able, learned and painstaking as a musician, he was kind and amiable as a man. Panseron died in Paris, July 29, 1859.
The A B C of Music was first published in this country in 1846, edited by Signor Felice Dorigo, a professor of Italian bel canto, and at that time a resident of Philadelphia. In this form the work has had a wide circulation. While elementary in character, it presupposed, however, some knowledge of music, and could hardly be followed without the aid of a teacher ; in fact it was intended primarily for the use of teachers.
In the preparation of this revised edition, the editor has sought to make the book comprehensible to beginners, even to those who are obliged to study without the help of a teacher. This in no way lessens the value of the work to the teacher. The revised and amplified work goes into a more detailed explanation of the various problems as they occur, thereby making many points clearer to the student, and the book more helpful to the teacher.
All of the original exercises, with trifling exceptions, have been retained, and many new exercises and scales added. The ABC of Music has indeed been practically rewritten to meet modern ideas and terminology.
The book is a Primer of Vocalization, not a complete course in singing. It gives the beginner all that is necessary in regard to elementary matters in music - the ABC; it explains much not contained in the ordinary vocal methods; and it supplies the absolutely necessary knowledge which should be mastered at the start, and which, if slighted, hampers the student's progress ever after.
For those who have mastered the ABC and wish to take the next step, we heartily recommend as a simple, sensible and compact book, Twelve Lessons in the Fundamentals of Voice Production by Arthur L. Manchester (Music Student's Library). For a progressive series of vocalizes the Preparatory Course to the Art of Vocalization by Eduardo Marzo, may well follow. This course may be had for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone or Bass voices.
In his revision of an eminent man's work the editor has aimed to meet the needs of the beginner in music today, and to meet them as Panseron would were he writing now.
Music Distribution And The Internet
There is hardly an aspect of internet music promotion, sale and distribution which does not have a legal dimension. Since the stakeholders in the process includes artists, their managers, music publishers, record companies, distribution companies and the consumer, the law relating to internet music distribution is extremely complex. Andrew Sparrow's Music Distribution and the Internet provides those connected to the music and media industries with a guide to the legal requirements they must meet, answering questions such as: Ã¢Â¢ How should you conclude contracts with consumers over the internet? Ã¢Â¢ What are the various legal terms and conditions that should govern the sale of physical product to online music buyers? Ã¢Â¢ How should a website user's personal information be handled? Ã¢Â¢ What limitations are there on the way this data may be used for ongoing marketing of an artist's work or the merchandise associated with it? Ã¢Â¢ What are the latest copyright laws in this area and how do they apply to the internet? The book provides practical advice on how to approach key relationships with the internet buying consumer and other online media providers. The law is explained in straightforward terms and applied throughout in a music business context. Music Distribution and the Internet is an essential reference for anyone seeking to exploit and protect their rights and those of their artists in the rapidly expanding, constantly evolving and fascinating arena that is new media.
Love In A Cold Climate : Popular Penguins
Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate is a wickedly funny
satire, brilliantly lampooning upper-class society. When Polly, a
beautiful aristocrat, declares her love for her married, lecherous
uncle - who also happens to be her mother's former lover - she sparks
off a scandal that has both disastrous and delicious consequences. Love
in a Cold Climate is an unforgettable tale of the absurdities and
obsessions of the elite.
About The Author
Nancy Mitford (1904-1973) was born in London, the eldest child of
the second Baron Redesdale. Her childhood in a large, remote country
house with her five sisters and one brother is recounted in the early
chapters of The Pursuit of Love (1945), which, according to
Mitford, is largely autobiographical. Apart from being taught to ride
and speak French, Nancy Mitford always claimed she never received a
proper education. She started writing before her marriage in 1932 in
order 'to relieve the boredom of the intervals between recreations
established by the social conventions of her world' and had written
four novels before the success of The Pursuit of Love in 1945.
After the war she moved to Paris and she spent the rest of her life in
France. She followed The Pursuit of Love with Love in a
Cold Climate (1949), The Blessing (1951) and Don't Tell
Alfred (1960). She also wrote four works of biography: Madame
de Pompadour, first published to great acclaim in 1954, Voltaire
in Love, The Sun King and Frederick the Great. As
well as being a novelist and biographer she also translated Madame de
Lafayette's classic novel, La Princesse de Cléves, into
English, and edited Noblesse Oblige, a collection of essays
concerned with the behaviour of the English aristocracy and the idea of
'U' and 'non-U'. Nancy Mitford was awarded the CBE in 1972.
Beginner's Guide To Music Reading And Basic Theory
Originally published in 1920 in "The World Book: Organized Knowledge in Picture and Story," this course of simple lessons forms an excellent foundation for instruction on any instrument. It intends to make clear the terminology and notation of music, and some of the simpler facts about music theory. Learn to read music and to understand scales, intervals and chords.
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