By Peter Wegele

ISBN-10: 1442231130

ISBN-13: 9781442231139

Max Steiner is likely one of the greatest—not to say so much prolific—composers of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The winner of 3 Academy Awards, Steiner’s credit contain King Kong, The Informer, Gone with the Wind, Now, Voyager, Since You Went Away, Johnny Belinda, and The Caine Mutiny. although recognized for undying melodies that signify the glamor of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Steiner has additionally been hailed as a movie scoring pioneer.

In Max Steiner: Composing, Casablanca, and the Golden Age of movie Music, Peter Wegele unveils the guy at the back of dozens of memorable rankings, delivering a portrait of the composer from a private viewpoint. starting with heritage at the heritage and methods of movie tune, Wegele then examines Steiner’s musical thoughts, a few of that are nonetheless used this day. this can be through a radical research of 1 of Steiner’s mythical scores—the track to Casablanca. greater than 80 transcribed musical examples display how effective, musically shrewdpermanent, and vastly expert the composer was once while he wrote this ranking. Drawing on costs, notes from construction documents, and excerpts from the unique script for Casablanca, Wegele offers perception not just into the construction heritage of the movie, but additionally into the workings of Hollywood in the course of the Golden Age.

Including an appendix that compares Steiner with 4 different composers of his age—Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alfred Newman, Franz Waxman, and Hugo Friedhofer—and an entire filmography of Steiner’s paintings, this booklet is a useful exam of the composer’s lifestyles and profession. movie tune composers, track students and scholars, administrators, and someone attracted to movie and song heritage will get pleasure from this targeted portrait of a musical genius.

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