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Bernard Herrmanns Vertigo: A Film Score Handbook

David Cooper

Published February 28th 2001
ISBN : 9780313314902
Hardcover
176 pages
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This in-depth musicological and critical study examines how Bernard Herrmanns score for Alfred Hitchcocks Vertigo plays a crucial role in the articulation and development of the films narrative and how it affects readings of the film. HerrmannsMoreThis in-depth musicological and critical study examines how Bernard Herrmanns score for Alfred Hitchcocks Vertigo plays a crucial role in the articulation and development of the films narrative and how it affects readings of the film. Herrmanns collaboration with Hitchcock spanned eleven years and nine films, and Herrmanns film score for Vertigo is widely regarded as being one of his finest. Cooper considers the development of Herrmanns career up to 1958, providing a detailed discussion of his musical style. The explicit information about the structure of Herrmanns music is based on a study of Herrmanns autograph score.Cooper examines not only the context of the films production, but also its reception and critical readings of the film. In addition, this study explores how the effects track co-operates with Herrmanns non-diegetic and diegetic score and concludes with a detailed musicological study. The author advances a new theory, in his discussion of signification, about the establishment of meaning in film music through association with images on the screen. This sophisticated musicological approach will appeal to film music and film communication scholars.