The Encyclopedia of Film Composers

November 1, 2020
The Encyclopedia of Film Composers

For more than a century, original music has been composed forthe cinema. From the early days when live music accompanied silentfilms to the present in which a composer can draw upon a fullorchestra or a lone synthesizer to embody a composition, music hasbeen an integral element of most films. By the late 1930s, moviestudios had established music departments, and some of the greatestnames in film music emerged during Hollywood's Golden Age,including Alfred Newman, Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, and BernardHerrmann. Over the decades, other creators of screen music offeredadditional memorable scores, and some composers—such as HenryMancini, Randy Newman, and John Williams—have become householdnames.The Encyclopedia of Film Composers features entries on more than250 movie composers from around the world. It not only providesfacts about these artists but also explains what makes eachcomposer notable and discusses his or her music in detail. Eachentry includesBiographical materialImportant datesCareer highlightsAnalysis of the composer's musical styleComplete list of movie creditsThis book brings recognition to the many men and women who havewritten music for movies over the past one hundred years. Inaddition to composers from the United States and Great Britain,artists from dozens of other countries are also represented. A richresource of movie music history, The Encyclopedia of Film Composerswill be of interest to fans of cinema in general as well as thosewho want to learn more about the many talented individuals who havecreated memorable scores.