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  1. Preliminary Reading 59 items
    1. The items on this reading list provide a starting point for investigating film music. You are not expected to read everything on this list. Conversely, we would also expect you to read items that you have found for yourself. Readings will be set each week for discussion in the lectures and additional related reading will be suggested in lectures as well.

    2. General: 14 items
      1. Film art: an introduction - David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson, Jeff Smith 2017

        Book  Further copies of older eds of this book are available at 791.4301/BOR

      2. Film art: an introduction - David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson 2013

        Book  Further copies of older eds of this book are available at 791.4301/BOR

      3. A history of film music - Mervyn Cooke 2008

        Book 

      4. The Cambridge companion to film music - Cambridge University Press 2016 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      5. Music and cinema - James Buhler, Caryl Flinn, David Neumeyer c2000

        Book 

      6. Film music: critical approaches - K. J. Donnelly 2001

        Book 

      7. Reel music: exploring 100 years of film music - Roger Hickman 2017

        Book 

      8. The Oxford handbook of new audiovisual aesthetics - Carol Vernallis 2013

        Book 

      9. Ten little title tunes: towards a musicology of the mass media - Philip Tagg, Bob Clarida 2003

        Book 

    3. ‘Silent’ Cinema 2 items
      1. The sounds of early cinema - Richard Abel, Rick Altman c2001

        Book 

      2. Silent film sound - Rick Altman c2004

        Book  [Available in the Bodleian library]

    4. The Conversion to Recorded Sound 4 items
      1. Sound theory, sound practice - Rick Altman, American Film Institute 1992

        Book  [See in particular chapters by Altman, Williams and Ruoff]

      2. Cinema's conversion to sound: technology and film style in France and the U.S. - Charles O'Brien c2005 (electronic resource)

        Book  [Also available in the Bodleian library]

      3. Uncanny bodies: the coming of sound film and the origins of the horror genre - Robert Spadoni 2007

        Book  [Available in the Bodleian library]

    5. Director/composer collaborations: Hitchcock and Hermann 4 items
      1. Overtones and undertones: reading film music - Royal S. Brown 1994

        Book  [Particularly chapters 6 and 7]

      2. Bernard Herrmann: film music and narrative - Graham Bruce c1985

        Book 

      3. The Hitchcock murders - Peter Conrad 2000

        Book  [See in particular the chapter on music]

      4. Hitchcock's music - Jack Sullivan c2006

        Book 

    6. Psychoanalytical vs cognitive approaches 6 items
      1. Overtones and undertones: reading film music - Royal S. Brown 1994

        Book  [Particularly Chapter 5]

      2. Music as a Source of Emotion in Film - Annabel Cohen

        Chapter 

      3. Unheard melodies: narrative film music - Claudia Gorbman 1987

        Book 

    7. Utopia/Dystopia and the film musical 5 items
      1. Film's musical moments - Ian Conrich, Estella Tincknell c2006

        Book  [Particularly Ian Conrich’s article] [In Bodleian library]

      2. Entertainment and Utopia - Richard Dyer

        Chapter  Copies of older ed (1992) are also in the library

      3. Strains of utopia: gender, nostalgia, and Hollywood film music - Caryl Flinn c1992

        Book 

      4. Musicals: Hollywood and beyond - Bill Marshall, Robynn Jeananne Stilwell 2000

        Book  Particularly Kevin Donnelly's article 'Entertainment and Dystopia: The Punk Anti-Musical'.

    8. Portrayals of The Other in film music 5 items
      1. Scoring the Indian: Music in the Liberal Western - Claudia Gorbman

        Chapter 

      2. King Kong and Film on Music: Out of the Fog - Peter Franklin

        Chapter  3 copies in stock

    9. The cinematic appropriation of Western art music 8 items
      1. Opera on screen - Marcia J. Citron c2000

        Book 

      2. Hollywood theory, non-Hollywood practice: cinema soundtracks in the 1980s and 1990s - Annette Davison c2004

        Book  [Particularly chapter 4]

      3. Charms that soothe: classical music and the narrative film - Dean W. Duncan 2003

        Book  [Also available at the Bodleian Library]

      4. Beyond the soundtrack: representing music in cinema - Daniel Goldmark, Lawrence Kramer, Richard D. Leppert 2007

        Book 

      5. Why classical music still matters - Lawrence Kramer 2007

        Book 

      6. Why classical music still matters - Lawrence Kramer 2007 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      7. Changing tunes: the use of pre-existing music in film - Phil Powrie, Robynn Jeananne Stilwell c2006

        Book 

    10. Compilation soundtracks 6 items
      1. Popular music and film - Ian Inglis 2003

        Book 

      2. Cinema, Postmodernity and Authenticity - Lawrence Grossberg

        Chapter 

      3. The sounds of commerce: marketing popular film music - Jeff Smith c1998

        Book 

      4. Soundtrack available: essays on film and popular music - Pamela Robertson Wojcik, Arthur Knight 2001

        Book  [Available at the Bodleian]

    11. New Symphonism and Minimalism 2 items
      1. Minima Romantica - Susan McClary

        Chapter 

    12. Sound design, Sci-fi and the future of digital cinema 2 items
      1. The Dolby era: film sound in contemporary Hollywood - Gianluca Sergi 2004

        Book  [Also available at the Bodleian library]

      2. Audio-vision: sound on screen - Michel Chion, Claudia Gorbman c1994

        Book  (Particularly chapter 7 ‘Sound Film – Worthy of the Name’)