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Meaning and Interpretation of Music in Cinema
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By exploring the relationship between music and the moving image in film narrative, David Neumeyer shows that film music is not conceptually separate from sound or dialogue, but that all three are manipulated and continually interact in the larger acoustical world of the sound track. In a medium in which the image has traditionally trumped sound, Neumeyer turns our attention to the voice as the mechanism through which narrative (dialog, speech) and sound (sound effects, music) come together. Complemented by music examples, illustrations, and contributions by James Buhler, Meaning and Interpretation of Music in Cinema is the capstone of Neumeyer’s 25-year project in the analysis and interpretation of music in film.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Part I: Meaning and Interpretation
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Music in the Vococentric Cinema
  2. pp. 3-49
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  1. 2. Tools for Analysis and Interpretation
  2. pp. 50-96
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  1. Part II: Music in the Mix: Casablanca
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. 3. Acoustic Stylization: The Film’s Sound World
  2. David Neumeyer, James Buhler
  3. pp. 99-117
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  1. 4. Music and Utopia: A Reading of the Reunion Scene
  2. David Neumeyer, James Buhler
  3. pp. 118-156
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  1. 5. The Reunion Scene’s Contexts
  2. David Neumeyer, James Buhler
  3. pp. 157-180
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  1. Part III: Topics and Tropes: Two Preludes by Bach
  2. pp. 181-182
  1. Introduction to Part 3
  2. pp. 183-189
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  1. 6. Performers Onscreen
  2. pp. 190-234
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  1. 7. Underscore: Four Studies of the C Major Prelude
  2. pp. 235-266
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 267-290
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 291-304
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-319
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