Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront: A Film Score Guide by Anthony BushardLeonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront: A Film Score Guide by Anthony Bushard

Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront: A Film Score Guide

byAnthony Bushard

Paperback | December 27, 2012

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 325 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 3-5 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Released in 1954, On the Waterfront is considered one of the greatest films of all time, winning eight Academy Awards-including Best Picture-and placing in the top 20 on the American Film Institute's 100 Films survey. The film's Oscar-nominated score represented a rare venture into film music composition by Leonard Bernstein, one of the towering figures of classical music in the 20th century.In Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront: A Film Score Guide, Anthony Bushard examines this landmark work, a score that continues to influence composers of film and classical music alike. The book begins with a biographical survey of Bernstein's work, followed by an exploration of Bernstein's compositional method, a look at the context of the film, and an analysis of the score itself.Though other volumes have focused on Bernstein's overall career, Bushard's book is the first to look specifically at the score of this film. A welcome examination of one of Bernstein's most accomplished works, Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront: A Film Score Guide highlights the invaluable contributions of this great composer and will be appreciated by fans of classical music and film scores.
Anthony Bushard is associate professor of music history at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where he teaches courses in jazz history, film music history/analysis, world music, and specialized courses on American musical topics.
Title:Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront: A Film Score GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 8.48 × 5.56 × 0.72 inPublished:December 27, 2012Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810881373

ISBN - 13:9780810881372


Editorial Reviews

Bushard (music history, U. of Nebraska, Lincoln) presents a musicological and sociological analysis of Leonard Bernstein's one and only film score that he wrote for On the Waterfront. Half of the book is devoted to biographical and social contextualizing, which Bushard argues is important to understand the true merits and influence of Bernstein's score. To this end, he reviews Bernstein's musical and dramatic background prior to making the film, outlines the significance of anti-communism in the life of Bernstein and the film's director, Elia Kazan, and interrogates the existential crises that the Cold War and suburban flight generated. Two chapters focus on the score or directly musical considerations itself: the second chapter, which considers Bernstein's compositional method, and the last chapter that analyzes the score piece by piece. Because of the context Bushard provides, this text could be useful in a class on cultural or film history, while the analysis itself will be of interest to people with musical training.