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Max Steiner: Composing, Casablanca, and the Golden Age of Film Music Hardcover – 25 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (25 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442231130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442231139
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 868,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The composer for such epic films as Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Max Steiner is a major figure in film music history. His scoring techniques have been covered often; for example, Laurence MacDonald, in The Invisible Art of Film Music: A Comprehensive History, identifies Steiner as a 'godfather of film music' and treats the composer as a continual focal point throughout the text. Wegele provides a biographical study of the composer along with a detailed analysis of his score for Casablanca. In the analysis, Wegele coordinates musical examples, script excerpts (noting prerecord and score events), film reel contents, and archival documentation. He also gathers interview materials and includes photographs and a useful appendix that compares Steiner to other prominent film composers. Though some of the analysis is geared toward music scholars and musicians, the biographical material and aspects of the analysis will engage all who are interested in Steiner, regardless of their previous knowledge. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. CHOICE

About the Author

Peter Wegele is a pianist, arranger, and composer. He lectures about film music at the University of Salzburg, Austria, and other universities in Europe.

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