Journal of Film Music, Vol 1, No 1 (2002)

Music in Films: A Critical Review of Literature, 1980-1996

Robynn J. Stilwell
Issued Date: 19 Jun 2009


The purpose here is not to trace the history of music in film, but to survey the literature about music in film written between 1980 and 1996. Film music literature
is a strange hybrid, much like its subject, existing in a limbo cut off from the main body of both its progenitors: neither film studies nor musicology have paid much
attention to film music in the past, and like a squalling brat, film music studies have continued to protest loudly the neglect. While it is true that film studies and musicology have been largely uninterested in film music—or, to be fair, ill-equipped theoretically to approach the synthetic form—the vociferous plaints of complete neglect are gradually being exposed
as hyperbole.

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DOI: 10.1558/jfm.v1i1.19


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