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The Encyclopedia of Film Composers.

By: Hischak, Thomas S.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015Description: 1 online resource (837 p.).ISBN: 9781442245501.Subject(s): Film composers -- Biography -- Dictionaries | Motion picture music -- Bio-bibliography -- DictionariesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Encyclopedia of Film ComposersDDC classification: 781.5/420922 | 781.5420922 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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CONTENTS; ABBREVIATIONS; FORMAT FOR ENTRIES; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; V; W; Y; Z; BIBLIOGRAPHY; TITLE INDEX; NAME INDEX; ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Summary: In addition to the handful of composers known to the general public, this book brings recognition to the many men and women who have written music for the movies over the past 100 years-those who have not been given their due in previous books and other sources. This volume features more than 250 famous and little-known movie composers from around the world. In addition to providing facts about the composers (dates, biography, careers, complete list of movie credits), the entries explain what makes each composer notable and discusses their music in detail. The selected composers range from the
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CONTENTS; ABBREVIATIONS; FORMAT FOR ENTRIES; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; V; W; Y; Z; BIBLIOGRAPHY; TITLE INDEX; NAME INDEX; ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In addition to the handful of composers known to the general public, this book brings recognition to the many men and women who have written music for the movies over the past 100 years-those who have not been given their due in previous books and other sources. This volume features more than 250 famous and little-known movie composers from around the world. In addition to providing facts about the composers (dates, biography, careers, complete list of movie credits), the entries explain what makes each composer notable and discusses their music in detail. The selected composers range from the

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Library Journal Review

While much of the information found in this encyclopedia can be uncovered elsewhere, Hischak (theater, State Univ. New York Cortland; The Disney Song Encyclopedia) offers a unique combination of opinion and painstaking research. The author asserts that film composers deserve further recognition for their influence and contributions. His objective is to fill a gap, covering hundreds of lesser-known composers. Included are 252 individuals who either created a significant number of film scores or who mainly composed in other genres but also had notable film score success. Each entry includes a biography; a discussion of the subject's work that includes Hischak's perspective on, for example, which piece was most memorable; feature film credits, including Academy Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Golden Globe Award nominations and wins; the director; and country where the movie was produced. It's critical to read the book's introduction to understand that if an artist created the score with three or more composers, for example, it was not included in the list. Closing the volume are comprehensive name and title indexes, necessary for a book with so much detail. VERDICT Hischak's offering presents a wide scope of composers, and anyone who loves film and has previous knowledge of music and/or film will be delighted by its content.- Elizabeth Berndt-Morris, Boston P.L. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

This sizeable volume is another well-executed encyclopedia compiled by Hischak (SUNY Cortland), author of many notable works, such as American Literature on Stage and Screen (CH, Dec'12, 50-1815) and Broadway Plays and Musicals (CH, Jun'10, 47-5378). Often overlooked, film composers are a crucial part of cinema even during the era of silent films. Only a handful are well known, however, with name recognition usually occurring only when a film produces a hit song (as with Goldfinger or Born Free). Hischak pays both the famous and little-known homage by including over 250 composers from the US and abroad. Entries provide poignant bibliographical details and point out important chronological and contextual information along with musical influences. An added bonus is an analysis of each composer's musical style and work outside film. Each listing focuses on an individual who is the sole composer (or one of a pair) of a film score. The author highlights strong associations between major film directors and composers, including only full-length films or documentaries released in major theaters. A complete list of a composer's film credits follows each entry, and a title-name index and bibliography complete the volume. Hischak has produced a fine reference work for all interested in film composers and their music. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduates and above; general readers; professionals/practitioners. --Marc Warren Wildman, DeWitt Community Library

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