Other New Titles: Dictionaries, Film Music Guides, and Multi-Author Collections

October 1, 2001

Modern British Composers Film It with Music Bernard Hermann's Vertigo Max Steiner's Now, Voyager Music and Cinema Cambridge Companion to Beethoven Cambridge Companion to Singing Sibelius Studies Lully Studies Mendelssohn Companion





A Dictionary-Catalog of Modern British Composers, by Alan Poulton. ISBN: 0-313-31623-6

Film It with Music: An Encyclopedic Guide to the American Movie Musical, by Thomas Hischak, ISBN: 0-313-31538-8

Max Steiner's "Now, Voyager," by Kate Daubney. ISBN: 0-313-31253-2

Bernard Herrmann's "Vertigo," by David Cooper. ISBN: 0-313-31490-X.

Music and Cinema. James Buhler, ed.  ISBN: 0-8195-6410-9

Music and Cinema. Caryl Flinn, ed.  ISBN: 0-8195-6410-9

Music and Cinema. David Neumeyer, ed. ISBN: 0-8195-6411-7

Mediaeval Music Cultures of the Adriatic Region. Stanislav Tuksar, ed. ISBN: 953-6090-10-4

The Cambridge Companion to Beethoven, by Glenn Stanley.  ISBN: 0-521-58074-9 ISBN: 0-521-58934-7

The Cambridge Companion to Singing, by John Potter.  ISBN: 0-521-62225-5.  ISBN: 0-521-62709-5

Sibelius Studies.  Timothy L. Jackson, ed.  ISBN: 0-521-62416-9

Sibelius Studies.  Veijo Murtomaki, ed.  ISBN: 0-521-62416-9

Lully Studies.  John Hajdu Heyer, ed.  ISBN: 0-521-62183-6

The Mendelssohn Companion. Douglass Seaton, ed.  ISBN: 0-313-28445-8

While the full spectrum of books and materials received for review cannot be completely surveyed in these pages, some items in addition to those that receive full reviews may be of interest to Symposium readers. The volumes to be discussed in this overview fall into three categories: dictionaries, film music guides, and multi-author collections.

A Dictionary-Catalog of Modern British Composers by Alan Poulton (Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press, 2000; 3 vols., 1784 pages, ISBN 0-313-31623-6) is an exhaustive list of works by fifty-four British composers born between 1893 and 1923. Within the entry for each composer, works are listed according to genre. A title index for each composer appears in its respective volume. The work is a welcome and useful reference tool for all interested in twentieth-century British music.

Film It with Music: An Encyclopedic Guide to the American Movie Musical by Thomas Hischak (Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press, 2001, 480 pages, ISBN 0-313-31538-8) includes brief entries on films, actors, studios, and other topics related to the movie musical. Valuable (and interesting) appendices offer a chronology of film musicals and a list of Academy Award-winning musicals.

Adding to the scholarship on film music is Greenwood Press's new series, Film Score Guides. Two titles have appeared thus far: Max Steiner's "Now, Voyager" by Kate Daubney (who also serves as the series advisor; Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press, 2000, 140 pages, ISBN 0-313-31253-2) and Bernard Herrmann's "Vertigo" by David Cooper (Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press, 2001, 176 pages, ISBN 0-313-31490-X). Topics in the volumes include the careers of the respective composers, scoring techniques, score analysis, and critical and historical contexts of the films under investigation.

Multi-author collections have appeared on a wide range of topics, including genres, historic eras, and individual composers. Music and Cinema, edited by James Buhler, Caryl Flinn, and David Neumeyer (Hanover and London: Wesleyan University Press, 2000, 406 pages, ISBN 0-8195-6410-9 [cloth], ISBN 0-8195-6411-7 [paper]), includes fifteen essays arranged under five general headings: "Leitmotif: New Debates and Questions," "Beyond Classical Film Music," "Style and Practice in Classical Film Music," "Gender, Ethnicity, Identity," and "Methodological Possibilities." Topics range from studies of films as diverse as Star Wars, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and The Man Who Knew Too Much to German cinema, Henry Mancini, Josephine Baker, and cognitive psychology. The volume represents a variety of approaches to film music studies and is a significant contribution to the ever-growing discipline.

Mediaeval Music Cultures of the Adriatic Region, edited by Stanislav Tuksar (Zagreb, Croatia: Croatian Musicological Society, 2000, 334 pages, ISBN 953-6090-10-4, $36.00; available directly from the Croatian Musicological Society, Opaticka 18, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia, fax +385-1-4684701), contains conference proceedings from an international symposium held in Split, Croatia in May 1997. Scholars from the U.S., Italy, France, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, and Sweden contributed essays to the eclectic collection. Chapters are in English, French, and Italian, with one in Croatian. Subjects extend from Beneventan, Glagolitic, and Hungarian chant repertories to cross-Adriatic influences and iconography. The volume is amply illustrated with color plates, musical examples, and lists of sources.

The Cambridge Companion series continues to expand its offerings. In addition to composer companions, new volumes include those on broader musical topics. The Cambridge Companion to Beethoven, edited by Glenn Stanley (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 387 pages, ISBN 0-521-58074-9 [cloth], ISBN 0-521-58934-7 [paper]) includes sections on the composer's biography, style and structure, genres, and reception. The Cambridge Companion to Singing, edited by John Potter (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 296 pages, ISBN 0-521-62225-5 [cloth], ISBN 0-521-62709-5 [paper], groups essays around the themes of "Popular Traditions," "The Voice in the Theatre," "Choral Music and Song," and "Performance Practices." Themes include singing styles in rock, rap, jazz, musical theater, opera, and art song as well as chapters on cathedral choirs, contemporary vocal techniques, and children's singing.

Recent multi-author studies on the life and work of individual composers include Sibelius Studies, edited by Timothy L. Jackson and Veijo Murtomaki (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 417 pages, ISBN 0-521-62416-9), Lully Studies, edited by John Hajdu Heyer (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 331 pages, ISBN 0-521-62183-6), and The Mendelssohn Companion, edited by Douglass Seaton (Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press, 2001, 813 pages, ISBN 0-313-28445-8). Essays on biography, style, genre, and reception appear in each volume. As is typical in such collections, essays range in accessibility from those understandable to the general reader to those that require a strong background in analytical and theoretical constructs.

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