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Saying It With Songs

Saying It With Songs

Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema

by Katherine Spring
Paperback
Publication Date: 28/11/2013
  $37.95
Hollywood's conversion from silent to synchronized sound film production not only instigated the convergence of the film and music industries but also gave rise to an extraordinary period of songs in American cinema. Saying It With Songs considers how the increasing interdependence of Hollywood studios and Tin Pan Alley music publishing firms influenced the commercial and narrative functions of popular songs. While most scholarship on film music of the
period focuses on adaptations of Broadway musicals, this book examines the functions of songs in a variety of non-musical genres, including melodramas, romantic comedies, Westerns, prison dramas, and
action-adventure films, and shows how filmmakers tested and refined their approach to songs in order to reconcile the spectacle of song performance, the classical norms of storytelling, and the conventions of background orchestral scoring from the period of silent cinema. Written for film and music scholars alike as well as for general readers, Saying It With Songs illuminates the origins of the popular song score aesthetic of American cinema.
ISBN:
9780199842223
9780199842223
Category:
Films
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
28-11-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Inc
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
256
Dimensions (mm):
234x156x19mm
Weight:
0.39kg

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