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Instant Downloadable Piano Instruction: Learn & Master Piano Techniques of the Contemporary Composer Composing Music: A New Approach From Score to Screen: Sequencers, Scores & Second Thoughts - The New Film Scoring Process Jazz Arranging and Orchestration The Norton Manual of Music Notation The Study of Orchestration Writing the Broadway Musical
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by David Cope
This text is a practical guide to the compositional techniques, resources, and technologies available to composers today. Each chapter traces the development of traditional and modern elements that form the foundation of music in the late twentieth century. Among the subjects discussed are interval exploration, serialism, pitch-class sets, twelve-tone music, electronic music, algorithmic composition, and indeterminacy.
Complete Guide to Film Scoring: The Art and Business of Writing Music for Movies and TV
by Richard Davis
Composers interested in writing for film will find this book a very welcome addition to a field of education still in its infancy. With only 2 colleges in the U.S. offering degrees in film scoring and very little literature on the subject in print, it is difficult to learn the techniques involved in scoring for film and TV without actually being involved in the industry. This has all the fundamentals of composing music for film, from the spotting to the recording session and mix, giving fascinating facts and detail along the way. It even includes the financial part of the composing process and the agents, royalties copyrights, and contracts involved.
Advanced Techniques for Film Scoring
by Earle Hagen
American Film Music: Major Composers, Techniques, Trends, 1915-1990
by William Darby, Jack Du Bois
From the neighborhood pianist of silent movie days to the synthesized effects and "music video" sequences of the 1980s, chapters on 14 individual composers working largely within the US are given perspective by summary chapters on the silent and early sound years, the decades 1930-1980, and the work of composers outside the US. The discussions are illustrated with transcriptions of significant musical themes.
Analysis Through Composition: Principles of the Classical Style
by Nicholas Cook
Anatomy of the Orchestra
by Norman Del Mar
Well written and thought out text about the modern day symphony orchestra. It provides and analysis of every instrument in the orchestra, it's purposes, the sound it produces, and the possibilities. Norman Del Mar's book is a must for music students and professionals alike.
Arranging Concepts Complete: The Ultimate Arranging Course for Today's Music
by Dick Grove
Arranging in the Digital World: Techniques for Arranging Popular Music Using Today's Electronic & Digital Instruments
by Corey Allen
Arranging the Score: Portraits of the Great Arrangers
by Gene Lees, Jeffrey Sultanof
As a fine script and make-up is essential to the box office success of film stars, so is the musical arranger to the entertainment field. Think about the songs you sing, your favorite recording artists, the music sound track behind your favorite movie.....None would capture your fancy without the music arranger whom you never see or meet.
The Art of Film Music
by George Burt
Draws on conversations with some of the leading Hollywood composers as well as the author's own experience, to explore the whole range of composing for film. He discusses the importance of music for character and mood development and for continuity, some classic scenes from movies made between the 1930s and the 1980s, and such technical aspects as timing and synchronization. He also includes many excerpts from scores and a glossary of musical terms...
The Complete Guide to Game Audio: For Composers, Musicians, Sound Designers, and Game Developers
by Aaron Marks
The bible for anyone considering creating audio for video games or multi-media. Every base is covered. Not only the "how to", but the other aspects as well such as marketing, contracts, politics, clients, equipment, etc. This is an indispensable resource for those wanting to find out more about working as a composer/musician/sound designer in the games industry.
Composers on Music: Eight Centuries of Writings
by Josiah Fisk (Editor), Jeff Nichols (Editor)
Covers just about every composer you've ever heard of. Filled to the brim with helpful essays and letters composers wrote to other people. This book is a great way to get into the composer's mind. Highly recommended. Belongs in the library of every musician as well as the music student/lover.
Composing Interactive Music
by Todd Winkler
Interactive music refers to a composition or improvisation in which software interprets live performances to produce music generated or modified by computers. In Composing Interactive Music, Todd Winkler presents both the technical and aesthetic possibilities of this increasingly popular area of computer music.
by William Russo
Aimed at those who have some knowledge of music but not formal training in composition, this concise introduction to composing starts right in with a brief composition exercise, then proceeds step by step through a series of increasingly complex and challenging problems, gradually expanding the student's musical grammar.
Composing Music With Computers
by Eduardo Miranda
Composing Music with Computers focuses on the role of the computer as a generative tool for music composition. Miranda introduces a number of computer music composition techniques ranging from probabilities, formal grammars and fractals, to genetic algorithms, cellular automata and neural computation. Anyone wishing to use the computer as a companion to create music will find this book a valuable resource. As a comprehensive guide with full explanations of technical terms, it is suitable for students, professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Composing for the Films
by Theodor Adorno, Hanns Eisler
Composing for the Jazz Orchestra
by William Russo
Although of primary interest to those who are engaged in composition themselves, this book is also recommended for readers who may wish to gain further insight into just what makes jazz composition so different from traditional approaches.
Composing Music For Video Games
by Andrew Clark
Compositional Theory in the Eighteenth Century
by Joel Lester
Computer Orchestration Tips and Tricks
by Stephen Bennett
Using modern technology, composers no longer need to wait until an orchestra plays their score to hear what their music will actually sound like. Using a computer and suitable software, it's possible for anyone to produce high-quality results that can be used for music CDs, film and TV scores - or even as a basis of a recording session using orchestral players. This book is aimed at those with little or not understanding of music notation. It gives the reader a basic understanding or the principles of orchestration and offers tips and techniques to help get the best simulated orchestral performance out of their equipment.
Counterpoint in Composition
by Felix Salzer, Carl Schachter
The Salzer counterpoint book is a must for any serious musician. This book adresses counterpoint not as a theoretical abstraction but as a concrete musical experience. All too often counterpoint is reduced to meaningless exercises not connected with real world music.
David Baker's Arranging and Composing, for the Small Ensemble: Jazz - R&B - Jazz & Rock
by David Baker, Forward by Quincy Jones
Film and Television Composer's Resource Guide: The Complete Guide to Organizing and Building Your Business
by Lisa Anne Miller, Mark Northam
Film and Television Composers: An International Discography
by Steve Harris
Lists composers who have composed music for movies or television, and cites the most accessible recording for each work. Focuses on the US, Great Britain, France, and Italy, and on composers who have written for several productions.
Film Music, A Neglected Art: A Critical Study of Music in Films
by Roy M. Pendergast
Historical analysis of the technical evolution of this craft and its role in movies. Clearly shows how famed Hollywood composers create mood and deal with the psychology of important scenes in well known films. Describes and analyzes the drama of the film and the significance of the music in specific scenes.
From Handel to Hendrix: The Composer in the Public Sphere
by Michael Chanan
by Sonny Kompanek
Well-known composer Sonny Kompanek teaches this new film scoring process at prestigious New York University and now he shares his secrets within the pages of From Score to Screen. With this book, you’ll gain practical knowledge that you can put into action immediately.
Game Sound: An Introduction to the History, Theory, and Practice of Video Game Music and Sound Design
by Karen Collins
A distinguishing feature of video games is their interactivity, and sound plays an important role in this: a player's actions can trigger dialogue, sound effects, ambient sound, and music. And yet game sound has been neglected in the growing literature on game studies. This book fills that gap, introducing readers to the many complex aspects of game audio, from its development in early games to theoretical discussions of immersion and realism. In Game Sound, Karen Collins draws on a range of sources - including composers, sound designers, voice-over actors and other industry professionals, Internet articles, fan sites, industry conferences, magazines, patent documents, and, of course, the games themselvesâ€”to offer a broad overview of the history, theory, and production practice of video game audio.
The Great Composer As Teacher and Student: Theory and Practice of Composition
by Alfred Mann
A revealing perspective on musical pedagogy and of what it was like to study with some of western music's great masters like Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert. Amply illustrated with the masters' original musical examples, lessons and studies.
Hearing and Writing Music: Professional Training for Today's Musician
by Ron Gorow
Designed as a self-training manual as well as a classroom text, this book is a complete step-by-step course to develop the musician's ability to hear and notate any style of music. Personal training, theory and exercises form an integrated, subconscious technique, which may be applied to composition, improvisation or performance.
Hearing Film: Tracking Identifications in Contemporary Hollywood Film Music
by Anahid Kassabian
Offers the first critical examination of music in the films of the 1980s and 1990s and looks at the role of compiled scores in the shaping of a film.
How to Make Money Scoring Soundtracks and Jingles
by Jeffrey P. Fisher
This simple step-by-step guide to starting an at-home music production business is described in detail, including how to promote yourself.
The Invisible Art of Film Music
by Laurence E. MacDonald
A comprehensive introduction to film music for the general student, the film historian, and the aspiring cinematographer. It is a historically structured account of the evolution of music in films. The book is arranged as a chronological survey and includes biographical sketches on many important film composers in addition to the development of the films themselves.
by Leslie M. Sabina
Working on the premise that students learn by doing, Sabina takes students step-by-step through the basics of arranging for the big band. Over 200 music examples support the theory presented in this text, and over 60 of the most valuable examples also appear on a dynamic, interactive CD-ROM that is shrink-wrapped with every new copy of the book. The text and CD-ROM also include three complete arrangements that span from swing to jazz-rock. Includes a comprehensive glossary, bibliography, and discography.
Knowing The Score: Film Composers Talk About the Art, Craft, Blood, Sweat, and Tears of Writing for Cinema
by David Morgan (Editor)
16 composers' remarks on such topics as: getting started in the movie-music business, collaborating with film directors, creating distinctive as well as appropriate music for a film, researching to score historical films, orchestration, adapting pre-existing music, and recording.
by Robert Rowe
This is both a programming tutorial and an exploration of the foundational concepts of musical analysis, performance, and composition. The theoretical foundations are derived from the fields of music theory, computer music, music cognition, and artificial intelligence. The book will be of interest to practitioners of those fields, as well as to performers and composers.
Max Steiner's Now, Voyager: A Film Score Guide
by Kate Daubney
Max Steiner's contribution to early Hollywood scoring techniques is significant. The Academy Award winning score for Now, Voyager reflects the maturation of the composer's understanding of the dramatic function of music in film. The primary resources incorporated in the analysis include Steiner's letters and scrapbooks and his unpublished autobiography. In addition to the composer's own thoughts on the music for this film and on scoring practice in general, the book explores how a score is meaningful and important to films, from various perspectives.
The Muse That Sings: Composers Speak About the Creative Process
by Ann McCutchan
Unique collection of recent interviews with twenty-five of America's important contemporary composers, all born between 1930 and 1960. Here they speak candidly about how they think in sound, shape musical ideas, and ultimately transfer sonic conceptions to the printed page.
Music and Mythmaking in Film: Genre and the Role of the Composer
by Timothy E. Scheurer
This work studies the conventions of music scoring in major film genres (e.g., science fiction, hardboiled detective, horror, historical romance, western), focusing on the artistic and technical methods that modern composers employ to underscore and accompany the visual events. Each chapter begins with an analysis of the major narrative and scoring conventions of a particular genre and concludes with an in-depth analysis of two film examples from different time periods. Several photographic stills and sheet music excerpts are included throughout the work, along with a select bibliography and discography.
Music and the Silent Film: Contexts and Case Studies, 1895-1924
by Martin Miller Marks
Examines scores of the silent film period, and demonstrates the richness of silent film music as it details the way scores were often planned from the start as an integral part of the cinematic whole.
Music for New Media: Composing for Videogames, Web Sites, Presentations and Other Interactive Media
by Paul Hoffert
Videogames, web sites, and other new media are creating more opportunities for contemporary music writers than have ever existed before. In this book, you will learn to write effectively for these new forms. A CD of examples and practice files illustrates all concepts and lets you practice the techniques. Learn to: * Score videogames, developing music for different characters, addressing the standard types of scenes and cues, and the formats required by game publishers * Develop music for web sites, including HTML and Flash code * Use sound technologies within mobile devices to create distinctive ringtones and other sounds * Create demos and portfolios for getting clients.
Music With Words: A Composer's View
by Virgil Thomson
The Music of Star Trek
by Jeff Bond
A critical and historical overview of music scored for Paramount's Star Trek franchise, from the original '60s series to the highly successful Star Trek movies and the new television show spin-offs. The book features in-depth discussions of the original '60s TV scores and interviews with composers who worked on the series and films including Academy Award winning composers Jerry Goldsmith and Leonard Rosenman.
by Reginald Smith Brindle
Takes the student through the elements--melody, harmony, counterpoint, and rhythm--before covering a variety of special subjects such as writing vocal and choral music, accompaniments, and film and TV music. Chapters are devoted to recent techniques including free diatonicism, serialism, and indeterminacy. Over 200 examples illustrate points in the text and there are exercises for each chapter.
by George Heussenstamm
This book is essential for all composers and arrangers. It covers all essential aspects of traditional music notation. Even those composers who produce musical scores on a computer program must have a clear grasp of notational principles, since the computer does not know all of the rules. A score that is correct in every way in terms of notation is extremely important if you expect to receive performance.
Of Mozart, Parrots, and Cherry Blossoms in the Wind: A Composer Explores Mysteries of the Musical Mind
by Bruce Adolphe
Orchestral Combinations: The Science and Art of Instrumental Tone-Color
by Gardner- Read
This resource seeks to demonstrate what specific instrumental combinations have intrigued composers of the past and present and to suggest other groupings that may prove to be of equal validity and tonal interest. The book is designed to be a thesaurus of orchestral combinations, a lexicon of the science and art of fusing timbre and sonority in symphonic scoring. Few standard manuals devote such attention to this fascinating question as it directly relates to the imaginative deployment of the orchestral instruments.
by Cecil Forsyth
A fascinating introduction to the topic. The text is broken up into sections, each section dedicated to an instrument of the orchestra. There are a great number of musical examples which Forsyth uses to prove the points he makes. Invaluable to any student with moderate theory knowledge, interested in the technical side of music.
Overtones and Undertones: Reading Film Music
by Royal S. Brown
Draws on film, music, and narrative theory to provide the first comprehensive aesthetics of film music. Focusing on how the film/score interaction influences our response to cinematic situations, Brown traces the history of film music from its beginnings, covering both American and European cinema.
The Piece as a Whole
by Hugh Aitken
Focuses on the interrelationships between the piece as heard by a socially conditioned listener and the notated, performed score: it aims to bridge the gap between the technical and expressive aspects of music. The composers addressed are: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Wagner, Debussy, and Schoenberg.
Principles of Orchestration
by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Written by one of the giants of orchestration, this is not primarily a notational work.It deals more with subjects such as resonance,timbre,register,and instrumental combinations and their various effects.
The Reel World: Scoring for Pictures
by Jeff Rona
This how-to guide takes you inside the world of creating music for film and television. To help you get started and succeed in scoring, it focuses on the composer's key concerns: ensuring musical aesthetics, using the most effective technology and techniques, and understanding the business side of things. Packed with case studies and insider's tips, this book lets you learn by example.
A Rhythmic Vocabulary: A Musician's Guide to Understanding and Improvising With Rhythm
by Alan Dworsky, Betsy Sansby
You don't have to be a drummer to study rhythm. This 208-page book with CD is a roadmap to rhythm for any musician or composer. It organizes and explains hundreds of patterns to give a deeper understanding of rhythmic structure. It also teaches rhythmic concepts and variation techniques you can use to create patterns of your own.
The Score: Interviews With Film Composers
by Michael Schelle
Schelle gets inside the composers he interviews, to earn their trust and respect, and to establish a "composer to composer" connection with them. They respond by opening up to him with inside information on the Hollywood music scene that makes for fascinating reading for anyone interested in music and/or film.
Score Reading: A Key to the Music Experience
by Michael Dickreiter
Informative and easy-to-read history lessons on scores, orchestras, and conductors.
Serial Composition and Atonality: An Introduction to the Music of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern
by George Perle
"The best description in any language of twelve-tone techniques as developed by their originators."
The Shaping Forces in Music: An Inquiry into the Nature of Harmony, Melody, Counterpoint, Form
by Ernst Toch
Have you ever wondered why you can write something that obeys all the rules of classical music theory but has no life to it? Toch takes a good look at the practice of composition through the ages and abstracts a set of principles - the shaping forces in music - that give a composition structure and vitality.
Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers
by Steven Suskin
Chronicles the shows, songs, and careers of all the major composers of the American musical theater, from Jerome Kern's earliest interpolations to the latest hits on Broadway. Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Berlin, Bernstein, Loesser, Sondheim, Kander, Finn, Flaherty, and more--this book covers their works, their innovations, their successes, and their failures. Show Tunes is simply the most comprehensive volume of its kind ever produced, and this newly revised and updated edition cites and discusses no fewer than 900 shows and almost 8,000 show tunes.
by Samuel Adler
A well-composed instructional course for the composer or music student. Samuel Adler's detailed considerations of such concerns as string harmonics, woodwind keying difficulties and the inclusion of good representitive musical examples make this a book worth having. This how-to guide takes you inside the world of creating music for film and television. To help you get started and succeed in scoring, it focuses on the composer's key concerns: ensuring musical aesthetics, using the most effective technology and techniques, and understanding the business side of things. Packed with case studies and insider's tips, this book lets you learn by example.
Technique Orchestration Workbook
by Kent Kennan, Donald Grantham
Along with the basic fundamentals, the book is packed with musical examples of each instrument as well as in context with relative sections and the entire orchestra. Also there are suggested assignments and listening at the end of each chapter. This is invaluble in assimilating and applying the vast amount of information presented here - especially if you don't have access to a live orchestra. Any aspiring composer or orchestrator should consider this book a "must have".
Trackings: Composers Speak With Richard Dufallo
by Richard Dufallo
Conversations of remarkable breadth and intimacy, this captures the thoughts and personalities of twenty-six of the world's leading composers.
Treatise on Instrumentation
by Hector Berlioz, Richard Strauss (Contributor)
Every instrument of its day gets special attention with music examples. Musical selections are shown in its full score so that the reader/listener can get a better image of what their reading about or hearing.
The Voice of Music: Conversations With Composers of Our Time
by Anders Beyer (Editor), Jean Christensen (Translator)
Who Killed the Jingle? How a Unique American Art Form Disappeared
by Steve Karmen
Women Composers: The Lost Tradition Found
by Diane Peacock Jezic, Elizabeth Wood (Editor)
Resource focusing on 25 women composers of Western music, from the 12th through the 20th centuries. Each profile provides an introduction to the composer's life, analysis of her music, a checklist of her works, and a bibliography.
Writer. Producer. Engineer.: A Handbook for Creating Contemporary Commercial Music
by Michael Farquharson
Writers of commercial music are more in demand than ever before. The rules have changed in the past decade, and the contemporary writer needs a multifaceted skillset in order to succeed in business. This book will help you master the three roles of the new job: writer, producer, and engineer. You will learn to set up a profitable business model for creating commercial music, providing your clients with music that fits their needs and budget, at today's quality standards. Whether your interest is in producing music for jingles, film scores, videogames, corporate presentations, or other commercial areas, this book will reveal how to set up shop, find work, and create music at today's demanding professional standards.
Writing Music for Television and Radio Commercials: A Manual for Composers and Students
by Michael Zager
A comprehensive overview of the process of composing and arranging commericals for these two different media. The book addresses the tools of composition and arranging and sets forth a method for approaching each creative and business situation. Application of the material in the book is intended to help the novice composer achieve his or her goals. This book is a necessary tool for the music student interested in composing, arranging, and producing commercials, and will also be useful for composers studying film scoring, as well as advertising writers, art directors, and music producers. Includes an audio CD of jingles to illustrate examples in the book.
by Aaron Frankel
Many of today's top talents in musicals on and off Broadway have studied with Aaron Frankel. Learn the ropes from this honored director and instructor in a step-by-step guide that makes for good reading whether you are a writer or composer.
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Learn & Master Piano Techniques of the Contemporary Composer Composing Music: A New Approach From Score to Screen: Sequencers, Scores & Second Thoughts - The New Film Scoring Process Jazz Arranging and Orchestration The Norton Manual of Music Notation The Study of Orchestration Writing the Broadway Musical
Techniques of the Contemporary Composer Composing Music: A New Approach From Score to Screen: Sequencers, Scores & Second Thoughts - The New Film Scoring Process Jazz Arranging and Orchestration The Norton Manual of Music Notation The Study of Orchestration Writing the Broadway Musical