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John Williams's Film Music: Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the Return of the Classical Hollywood Music Style (Wisconsin Film Studies)by Emilio Audissino
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John Williams is one of the most renowned film composers in history. He has penned unforgettable scores for Star Wars, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Superman, and countless other films. Fans flock to his many concerts, and with forty-nine Academy Award nominations as of 2014, he is the second-most Oscar-nominated person after Walt Disney. Yet despite such critical acclaim and prestige, this is the first book in English on Williamsand#8217;s work and career.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Combining accessible writing with thorough scholarship, and rigorous historical accounts with insightful readings, John Williamsand#8217;s Film Music explores why Williams is so important to the history of film music. Beginning with an overview of music from Hollywoodand#8217;s Golden Age (1933and#150;58), Emilio Audissino traces the turning points of Williamsand#8217;s career and articulates how he revived the classical Hollywood musical style. This book charts each landmark of this musical restoration, with special attention to the scores for Jaws and Star Wars, Williamsand#8217;s work as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and a full film/music analysis of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The result is a precise, enlightening definition of Williamsand#8217;s and#147;neoclassicismand#8221; and a grounded demonstration of his lasting importance, for both his compositions and his historical role in restoring part of the Hollywood tradition.
An in-depth examination of how the legendary film composer (Star Wars, Jaws, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark) restored the classical Hollywood music style and became a pivotal figure the history of film music.
Cy Endfield (1914and#150;1995) was a filmmaker (Try and Get Me!, Hell Drivers, Zulu) with interests in close-up magic, science, and invention. The director of several distinctive Hollywood movies, he was blacklisted and refused to "name names" before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
About the Author
Emilio Audissino is an independent film scholar and the author of Linfanzia nel cinema di Steven Spielberg. He lives in Southampton, United Kingdom.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface on Methodology
Part I The Classical Hollywood Music Style
1 "The Classical Hollywood Music": A Chronicle
2 "The Classical Hollywood Music": A Stylistic Definition
Part II John Williams and the Classical Hollywood Music Style
3 The "Modern" Hollywood Music Style: The Context of Williams's Restoration
4 Star Wars: An Oppositional Score
5 Williams's Early Years: Spotting the First Traces of Neoclassicism
6 Jaws: Williams's Neoclassicism Floats Up to the Surface
7 Williams's Neoclassicism: Style and Habits
8 Williams's Naysayers: A Deconstruction of Classical and New Criticisms
9 Raiders of the Lost Ark Background: A Neoclassical Film
10 Raiders of the Lost Ark Analysis: The Return of Max Steiner
11 Beyond the Films: Conductor John Williams
Completing the Picture: Williams's Versatility for Spielberg (and Others)
Scores for Feature Films
Principal Early-Year Collaborations
Fanfares, Orchestral Miniatures, and Concert Pieces
Catalogue of Film-Music Concert Pieces
Principal Medleys and Arrangements from Film Scores, Songs, and Popular Music
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