John Williams's Film Music: Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, And The Return Of The Classical Hollywood Music Style by Emilio AudissinoJohn Williams's Film Music: Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, And The Return Of The Classical Hollywood Music Style by Emilio Audissino

John Williams's Film Music: Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, And The Return Of The…

byEmilio Audissino

Paperback | June 12, 2014

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John Williams is one of the most renowned film composers in history. He has penned unforgettable scores for Star Wars, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Superman, and countless other films. Fans flock to his many concerts, and with forty-nine Academy Award nominations as of 2014, he is the second-most Oscar-nominated person after Walt Disney. Yet despite such critical acclaim and prestige, this is the first book in English on Williams’s work and career.
            Combining accessible writing with thorough scholarship, and rigorous historical accounts with insightful readings, John Williams’s Film Music explores why Williams is so important to the history of film music. Beginning with an overview of music from Hollywood’s Golden Age (1933–58), Emilio Audissino traces the turning points of Williams’s career and articulates how he revived the classical Hollywood musical style. This book charts each landmark of this musical restoration, with special attention to the scores for Jaws and Star Wars, Williams’s work as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and a full film/music analysis of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The result is a precise, enlightening definition of Williams’s “neoclassicism” and a grounded demonstration of his lasting importance, for both his compositions and his historical role in restoring part of the Hollywood tradition.

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Emilio Audissino is a researcher at the University of Southampton, UK. He holds a PhD from the University of Pisa and has published many articles on Hollywood cinema, film style, and film music. Both his MA and PhD theses treated John Williams's film music.
Title:John Williams's Film Music: Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, And The Return Of The…Format:PaperbackDimensions:346 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 12, 2014Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299297349

ISBN - 13:9780299297343


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                            
Preface on Methodology                               
Part I The Classical Hollywood Music Style
1 "The Classical Hollywood Music": A Chronicle                           
2 "The Classical Hollywood Music": A Stylistic Definition                        
Part II John Williams and the Classical Hollywood Music Style
3 The "Modern" Hollywood Music Style: The Context of Williams's Restoration                         
4 Star Wars: An Oppositional Score                         
5 Williams's Early Years: Spotting the First Traces of Neoclassicism                                  
6 Jaws: Williams's Neoclassicism Floats Up to the Surface                          
7 Williams's Neoclassicism: Style and Habits                                   
8 Williams's Naysayers: A Deconstruction of Classical and New Criticisms                                   
9 Raiders of the Lost Ark Background: A Neoclassical Film                         
10 Raiders of the Lost Ark Analysis: The Return of Max Steiner                             
11 Beyond the Films: Conductor John Williams                               
Appendix 1
            Completing the Picture: Williams's Versatility for Spielberg (and Others)               
Appendix 2
            Scores for Feature Films                    
            TV Scores                  
            Principal Early-Year Collaborations              
            Fanfares, Orchestral Miniatures, and Concert Pieces            
            Catalogue of Film-Music Concert Pieces                  
            Principal Medleys and Arrangements from Film Scores, Songs, and Popular Music           

Editorial Reviews

“A compelling, well-researched investigation of John Williams’s role in the Hollywood film music industry. . . . Audissino’s ability to address both film and music scholars in one accessible and engaging text is one of the study’s greatest strengths.”—Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association