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1st Edition

Music in Epic Film
Listening to Spectacle

Edited By

Stephen C. Meyer

ISBN 9781315690025
Published September 1, 2016 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

As both a distinct genre and a particular mode of filmmaking, the idea of the epic has been central to the history of cinema. Including contributions from both established and emerging film music scholars, the ten essays in Music in Epic Film: Listening to Spectacle provide a cross-section of contemporary scholarship on the subject. They explore diverse topics, including the function of music in epic narratives, the socio-political implications of cinematic music, and the use of pre-existing music in epic films. Intended for students and scholars in film music, film appreciation, and media studies, the wide range of topics and the diversity of the films that the authors discuss make Music in Epic Film: Listening to Spectacle an ideal introduction to the field of music in epic film.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Preface: Epic Genre, Epic Style  Stephen C. Meyer


Part I: Marketing and Production

1. Branding the Franchise: Music and the (Corporate) Myth of Origin  James Buhler

2. Manufacturing the Epic Score: Hans Zimmer and the Sounds of Significance  Frank Lehman

Part II: Narrative and Interpretation

3. Topoi and Intertextuality: Narrative Function in Hans Zimmer’s and Lisa Gerrard’s Music to Gladiator  Joakim Tillman

4. The Politics of Authenticity in Miklós Rózsa's Score to El Cid  Stephen C. Meyer

Part III: Pre-Existing Music and the Epic Style

5. From Authenticity to Anachronism: Pre-Existing Music and "Epic Englishness" in Elizabeth and Master and Commander  Alexandra Wilson

6. Records, Repertoire and Rollerball: Music and the Auteur Epic  Julie Hubbert

Part IV: Songs and Themes

7. "The epic and intimately human": Contemplating Tara’s Theme in Gone With the Wind  Nathan Platte

8. "We’re the real countries": Songs as Private Musical Territories in the Epic Romances Casablanca, Doctor Zhivago, and The English Patient  Todd Decker

Part V: Genre and the (Anti-)Epic

9. Inverting the Epic: The Music of Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven  Kirsten Yri

10. The Western as National Epic: Musical Persona and Narrative Distance in High Noon  Jordan Carmalt Stokes

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Stephen C. Meyer is Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Cincinnati.