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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)

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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.

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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.

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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                            

Acknowledgments                             

Preface on Methodology                               

Introduction                           

 

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                               

 

Conclusions               

 

Appendix 1

            Completing the Picture: Williams's Versatility for Spielberg (and Others)               

Appendix 2

            Scores for Feature Films                    

            TV Scores                  

            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           

 

Notes             

Bibliography                          

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299297343
Author:
Audissino, Emilio
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Author:
Neve, Brian
Subject:
Music-Theory and Composition
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Wisconsin Film Studies
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 b/w photos
Pages:
346
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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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.

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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.
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