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Composing for the Films

Composing for the Films
Your Price: $47.50 CDN
Author: Theodor W. Adorno & Hanns Eisler
Publisher: Continuum
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 224
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0826480160
ISBN-13: 9780826480163

About the Book:

With a new introduction by Graham McCann, this classic account of the nature of film music aesthetics was first published in 1947. Its value comes from a unique combination of talents and experience enjoyed by the book's authors. Hanns Eisler's time at Hollywood gave him a particular insight on the technical questions which arise for composers when music is used in the production of films; while Theodor W. Adorno was able to contribute on wide aesthetic and sociological matters as well as specifically musical questions. Above all, the authors envisaged Composing for the Films as a contribution to the study of modern, industrialized culture; and, in this respect, it has a particular importance to the whole area of cultural studies.

About the Authors:

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69) was a founder and arguably the foremost thinker of the Frankfurt School. He worked with Max Horkheimer at the New York Institute for Social Research and later taught at the University of Frankfurt until his death in 1969. His work has proved enormously influential in sociology, philosophy and cultural theory.

Hanns Eisler (1898-1962) began composing for films in the late 1920s. He emigrated to the US in the 1930s where he write a number of scores for Hollywood productions, including None But The Lonely Heart and Renoir's The Woman on the Beach.