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Composers in the movies : studies in musical biography /
John C. Tibbetts ; foreword by Simon Callow.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, 2005.
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xvi, 365 p.
ISBN
0300106742 (alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, 2005.
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0300106742 (alk. paper)
contents note
1. The classical style: composers in the studio era -- 2. A song remembered: Frédéric Chopin goes to war -- 3. The new Tin Pan Alley: Hollywood looks at American popular songwriters -- 4. "Just an innocent bystander": the composer films of Ken Russell -- 5. "A long, dark coda into the night": the composer films of Tony Palmer -- 6. Revisionist portraits: a medley of recent composer biopics.
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5443779
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-12-01:
This survey of film dramatizations of key Western composers has several strong features; for example, Tibbetts (Univ. of Kansas) considers both classical and popular composers and both European and American cinematic biopics, and he offers valuable critical insights on historical biography on film. The author uses a possessor/possessed paradigm of cinematic biography to demonstrate how Hollywood has constructed and mythologized musical genius. He demonstrates the striking similarity in the cinematic depictions of Tin Pan Alley composers and canonical classical composers. In his strongest and most influential chapter, "'Just an Innocent Bystander': The Composer Films of Ken Russell," Tibbetts provides a long-overdue treatment of that director's oeuvre; his in-depth conversations with Russell make this a seminal discussion on the influential British director. Tibbetts demonstrates an immense knowledge of both the musical and cinematic worlds and is well versed in both fields; this is a solid, if specialized, book. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers interested in the intersection of classical music and musical biographical films. G. R. Butters Jr. Aurora University
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"This is a remarkable book in every respect, a book that fills a genuine need in film and musical scholarship."Wheeler Winston Dixon, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and editor, Quarterly Review of Film and Video
"This is a remarkable book in every respect, a book that fills a genuine need in film and musical scholarship."-Wheeler Winston Dixon, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and editor, "Quarterly Review of Film and Video"
�This is a remarkable book in every respect, a book that fills a genuine need in film and musical scholarship.��Wheeler Winston Dixon, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and editor, Quarterly Review of Film and Video
This is a remarkable book in every respect, a book that fills a genuine need in film and musical scholarship. Wheeler Winston Dixon, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and editor, Quarterly Review of Film and Video
"This is a remarkable book in every respect, a book that fills a genuine need in film and musical scholarship."-Wheeler Winston Dixon, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and editor, Quarterly Review of Film and Video
"John Tibbetts has written a riveting book about bio-pics without rival in the field. It should be on the bookshelves of all those movie buffs who are at the same time interested in the lives of classical musicians. Tibbetts takes us behind the silver screen and offers a critical view of how the film biographies of Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and others were made. An indispensable reference tool." Alan Walker, author of the three-volume, prize-winning biography of Liszt
"John Tibbetts has written a riveting book about �bio-pics� without rival in the field. It should be on the bookshelves of all those movie buffs who are at the same time interested in the lives of classical musicians. Tibbetts takes us behind the silver screen and offers a critical view of how the film biographies of Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and others were made. An indispensable reference tool."�Alan Walker, author of the three-volume, prize-winning biography of Liszt
I look forward to Composers In The Movies. The subject deserves the sort of treatment that has been devised here. Long overdue, it is a welcome and worthwhile endeavor. Jacques Barzun, author of From Dawn to Decadence
"John Tibbetts has written a riveting book about 'bio-pics' without rival in the field. It should be on the bookshelves of all those movie buffs who are at the same time interested in the lives of classical musicians. Tibbetts takes us behind the silver screen and offers a critical view of how the film biographies of Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and others were made. An indispensable reference tool."-Alan Walker, author of the three-volume, prize-winning biography of Liszt
"Every film buff will want to consult this book, as will musicologists and students in film and communication studies."Michael Saffle, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
" Every film buff will want to consult this book, as will musicologists and students in film and communication studies." -- Michael Saffle, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
"Every film buff will want to consult this book, as will musicologists and students in film and communication studies."--Michael Saffle, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
"I look forward to Composers In The Movies. The subject deserves the sort of treatment that has been devised here. Long overdue, it is a welcome and worthwhile endeavor."Jacques Barzun, author of From Dawn to Decadence
"I look forward to Composers In The Movies. The subject deserves the sort of treatment that has been devised here. Long overdue, it is a welcome and worthwhile endeavor."-Jacques Barzun, author of "From Dawn to Decadence"
�I look forward to Composers In The Movies. The subject deserves the sort of treatment that has been devised here. Long overdue, it is a welcome and worthwhile endeavor.��Jacques Barzun, author of From Dawn to Decadence
"John Tibbetts has written a riveting book about 'bio-pics' without rival in the field. It should be on the bookshelves of all those movie buffs who are at the same time interested in the lives of classical musicians. Tibbetts takes us behind the silver screen and offers a critical view of how the film biographies of Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and others were made. An indispensable reference tool."Alan Walker, author of the three-volume, prize-winning biography of Liszt
"I look forward to Composers In The Movies. The subject deserves the sort of treatment that has been devised here. Long overdue, it is a welcome and worthwhile endeavor."-Jacques Barzun, author ofFrom Dawn to Decadence
�Every film buff will want to consult this book, as will musicologists and students in film and communication studies.��Michael Saffle, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
"Comprehensive in scope, refreshingly insightful, yet highly readable. . . . John Tibbetts brings his considerable knowledge and analytic talents to bear on a subject that has obviously been one of his lifelong passions."Gary Edgerton, Old Dominion University and Coeditor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television
�Comprehensive in scope, refreshingly insightful, yet highly readable. . . . John Tibbetts brings his considerable knowledge and analytic talents to bear on a subject that has obviously been one of his lifelong passions.��Gary Edgerton, Old Dominion University and Coeditor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television
Comprehensive in scope, refreshingly insightful, yet highly readable. . . . John Tibbetts brings his considerable knowledge and analytic talents to bear on a subject that has obviously been one of his lifelong passions. Gary Edgerton, Old Dominion University and Coeditor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television
"""John Tibbetts has written a riveting book about 'bio-pics' without rival in the field. It should be on the bookshelves of all those movie buffs who are at the same time interested in the lives of classical musicians. Tibbetts takes us behind the silver screen and offers a critical view of how the film biographies of Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and others were made. An indispensable reference tool."-Alan Walker, author of the three-volume, prize-winning biography of Liszt """"""
"Comprehensive in scope, refreshingly insightful, yet highly readable. . . . John Tibbetts brings his considerable knowledge and analytic talents to bear on a subject that has obviously been one of his lifelong passions."-Gary Edgerton, Old Dominion University and Coeditor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television
"A splendid, accessible discussion of musical creativity and popular myth-making.��David Culbert, Editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
"A splendid, accessible discussion of musical creativity and popular myth-making. David Culbert, Editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
"A splendid, accessible discussion of musical creativity and popular myth-making."-David Culbert, Editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
"A splendid, accessible discussion of musical creativity and popular myth-making."David Culbert, Editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
"A splendid, accessible discussion of musical creativity and popular myth-making."-David Culbert, Editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television"
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
In this book, Tibbetts surveys different styles and periods from the Hollywood of the 1920s and 1930s to the international cinema of today, exploring the role that film biographies play in our understanding of history and culture.
Description for Bookstore
This appealing book is the first to examine movies that portray the lives of composers. John Tibbetts surveys films made from the 1920s through today that depict composers as diverse as Mozart, George M. Cohan, and Duke Ellington. By examining historical accuracy, visual representation, and more, Tibbetts explores the role that film biographies play in our understanding of history and culture.
Long Description
"Amadeus ." . . "Yankee Doodle Dandy ." . . "Swanee River ." . . "Rhapsody in Blue. Even before movies had sound, filmmakers dramatized the lives of composers. Movie biographies--or biopics--have depicted composers as diverse as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George M. Cohan, Stephen Foster, and George Gershwin. In this enticing book, the first devoted entirely to such films, John C. Tibbetts surveys different styles and periods from the Hollywood of the 1920s and 1930s to the international cinema of today, exploring the role that film biographies play in our understanding of history and culture. Tibbetts delves into such questions as: How historically accurate are composer biopics? How and why have inaccuracies and distortions been perpetrated? What strategies have been used to represent visually the creative process? The book examines the films in several contexts and considers their role in commodifying and popularizing music. Extensive archival research, dozens of illustrations, and numerous interviews make this an appealing book for film and music enthusiasts at all levels.
Long Description
"Amadeus,","" . "Yankee Doodle Dandy" .,"" . "Swanee River,","" . "Rhapsody in Blue," Even before movies had sound, filmmakers dramatized the lives of composers. Movie biographies-- or biopics-- have depicted composers as diverse as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George M. Cohan, Stephen Foster, and George Gershwin. In this enticing book, the first devoted entirely to such films, John C. Tibbetts surveys different styles and periods from the Hollywood of the 1920s and 1930s to the international cinema of today, exploring the role that film biographies play in our understanding of history and culture. Tibbetts delves into such questions as: How historically accurate are composer biopics? How and why have inaccuracies and distortions been perpetrated? What strategies have been used to represent visually the creative process? The book examines the films in several contexts and considers their role in commodifying and popularizing music. Extensive archival research, dozens of illustrations, and numerous interviews make this an appealing book for film and music enthusiasts at all levels.
Short Annotation
Amadeus...Yankee Doodle Dandy...Swanee River...Rhapsody in Blue. Even before movies had sound, filmmakers dramatized the lives of composers.
Main Description
Amadeus .. . Yankee Doodle Dandy .. . Swanee River .. . Rhapsody in Blue . Even before movies had sound, filmmakers dramatized the lives of composers. Movie biographiesor biopicshave depicted composers as diverse as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George M. Cohan, Stephen Foster, and George Gershwin. In this enticing book, the first devoted entirely to such films, John C. Tibbetts surveys different styles and periods from the Hollywood of the 1920s and 1930s to the international cinema of today, exploring the role that film biographies play in our understanding of history and culture. Tibbetts delves into such questions as: How historically accurate are composer biopics? How and why have inaccuracies and distortions been perpetrated? What strategies have been used to represent visually the creative process? The book examines the films in several contexts and considers their role in commodifying and popularizing music. Extensive archival research, dozens of illustrations, and numerous interviews make this an appealing book for film and music enthusiasts at all levels.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Introduction : the lyre of lightp. 1
Classical style : composers in the studio erap. 18
A song remembered : Frederic Chopin goes to warp. 81
The new Tin Pan Alley : Hollywood looks at American popular songwritersp. 102
"Just an innocent bystander" : the composer films of Ken Russellp. 155
"A long, dark coda into the night" : the composer films of Tony Palmerp. 217
Revisionist portraits : a medley of recent composer biopicsp. 263
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