Epic Sound


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<P>Lavish musical soundtracks contributed a special grandeur to the new widescreen, stereophonic sound movie experience of postwar biblical epics such as Samson and Delilah, Ben-Hur, and Quo Vadis. In Epic Sound, Stephen C. Meyer shows how music was utilized for various effects, sometimes serving as a vehicle for narrative plot and at times complicating biblical and cinematic interpretation. In this way, the soundscapes of these films reflected the ideological and aesthetic tensions within the genre, and more generally, within postwar American society. By examining key biblical films, Meyer adeptly engages musicology with film studies to explore cinematic interpretations of the Bible during the 1940s through the 1960s.</P>
<P>Acknowledgements<BR>Note to Readers<BR>Introduction<BR>1. A Biblical Story, for the Post-World-War II Generation?: Victor Young's Music for DeMille’s Samson and Delilah<BR>2. Turning Away from "Concocted Spectacle": Alfred Newman's Score for David and Bathsheba<BR>3. Spectacle and Authenticity in Miklós Rózsa's Quo Vadis Score<BR>4. Novel and Film, Music and Miracle: Alfred Newman's Score to The Robe<BR>5. Spirit and Empire: Elmer Bernstein's Score to The Ten Commandments<BR>6. The Law of Genre and the Music for Ben-Hur<BR>7. King of Kings and the Problem of Repetition<BR>8. Suoni nuovi, suoni antichi: The Soundscapes of Barabbas<BR>9. Universality, Transcendence, and Collapse: Music and The Greatest Story Ever Told<BR>Epilogue<BR>Notes<BR>Bibliography<BR>Index</P>



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Published 27 November 2014
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EAN13 9780253014597
Language English
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