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Reading List

Film-Score Creation and Production, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Ian Sapiro
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Set Readings

Prep for Week 1:

Sapiro, Ian. Ilan Eshkeri's Stardust : a Film Score Guide Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2013. Chapter 4.

Prep for Week 2:

Carey, Melissa and Michael Hannan. 'Case Study 2: The Big Chill '. 162-177 in  Popular music and film, ed. Ian Inglis. London: Wallflower Press, 2003. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Prep for Week 3:

Morcom, Anna. 'An Understanding Between Bollywood and Hollywood? The Meaning of Hollywood-Style Music in Hindi Films', British Journal of Ethnomusicology 10, no. 1 (2001): 63-84

Sylvanus, Emaeyak Peter. 'Scoring Without Scorsese: Nollywood's Divergent Creative Process', Musicology Research 2 (Spring 2017): 117-140. Available via ResearchGate.

Prep for Week 5:

Dubowksy, Jack Curtis.'The Evolving "Temp Score" in Animation'Music, Sound and the Moving Image 5, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 1-24.

Prep for Week 7:

Gorbman, Claudia. ‘Ears Wide Open: Kubrick’s Music’. 3-18 in Changing Tunes: The Use of Pre-Existing Music in Film, ed. Phil Powrie and Robynn Stilwell. Aldershot: Ashgate, [2006] 2017.

Prep for Week 8:

Sapiro, Ian. Scoring the Score: the Role of the Orchestrator in the Contemporary Film Industry New York: Routledge, 2016. Chapter 2 (note this includes a lot of pages of musical score, so is not as long as it looks!)


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Other Core Texts

Hurwitz, Matt. ‘Scoring for Picture: Hans Zimmer’s Scoring Collective—Composer Collaboration at Remote Control Productions’. 254–7 in The Routledge Film Music Sourcebook, edited by James Wierzbicki, Nathan Platte and Colin Roust. New York: Routledge, [2007] 2012. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Karlin, Fred, and Rayburn Wright. On the Track: A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring, revised 2nd edition. New York: Routledge, 2004.

Powrie, Phil and Robynn Stilwell (eds.). Changing Tunes: The Use of Pre-Existing Music in Film. Aldershot: Ashgate [2006] 2017.

Sapiro, Ian and David Cooper. ‘Spotting, Scoring, Soundtrack: The Evolution of Trevor Jones’s Score for Sea of Love’. 17-32 in Cinemusic? Constructing the Film Score, edited by David Cooper, Christopher Fox and Ian Sapiro. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Sadoff, Ronald H. ‘The Role of the Music Editor and the “Temp Track” as Blueprint for the Score, Source Music and Scource Music of Films’. Popular Music 25, no. 2 (2006): 165–183.


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Additional Texts Available Online

Allen, Michael. ‘From Bwana Devil to Batman Forever: Technology in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema’. 109–29 in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema edited by Steve Neale and Murray Smith. London: Routledge, 2004.

Cooke, Mervyn. A History of Film Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Cooper, David and Ian Sapiro. ‘A Source-Studies Approach to Michael Nyman’s Score for The Draughtsman’s Contract ’. Journal of Film Music  3, no.2 (Spring 2011): 155-170.

Crane, Diana. 'Cultural Globalization and the Dominance of the American Film Industry: Cultural Policies, National Film Industries, and Transnational Film',  International Journal of Cultural Policy 20, no. 4 (2013): 365-382.

Gentry, Ric, and Dede Allen. ‘An Interview with Dede Allen.’ Film Quarterly 46, no. 1 (Autumn 1992): 12–22.

Mera, Miguel, Ron Sadoff and Ben Winters (eds.). The Routledge companion to screen music and sound. New York: Routledge, 2017.


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Additional Texts only Available in Hard-Copy (not online, sorry)

Cooper, David, Christopher Fox and Ian Sapiro, eds. ‘Keynote Interview with Trevor Jones’. 1–14 in Cinemusic? Constructing the Film Score, edited by David Cooper, Christopher Fox and Ian Sapiro. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.

Davis, Richard. Complete Guide to Film Scoring: the Art and Business of Writing Music for Movies and TV, 2nd revised edition. Boston, Mass.: Berklee Press, 2010.

DesJardins, Christian.  Inside film Music: Composers Speak. Los Angeles: Silman-James Press, 2006.

Gorbman, Claudia. Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1987.

Hagen, Earle.  Advanced Techniques for Film Scoring: a Complete Text. Los Angeles: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 1990.

Hagen, Earle. Scoring For Films, updated edition. Los Angeles: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 1991.

Kassabian, Anahid. Hearing Film: Tracking Identifications in Contemporary Hollywood Film Music. New York: Routledge, 2001.

Kompanek, Sonny. From Score to Screen: Sequencers, Scores, & Second Thoughts; the New Film Scoring Process. New York: Schirmer Trade Books, 2004.

LoBrutto, Vincent. Sound-on-Film: Interviews with Creators of Film Sound. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 1994.

Morcom, Anna, Hindi Film Songs and the Cinema. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007.

Morgan, David.  Knowing the Score: Film Composers Talk About the Art, Craft, Blood, Sweat, and Tears of Writing Music for Cinema. New York: Harper Collins, 2000.

Palmer, Christopher. The Composer in Hollywood. London: Marion Boyars, 1990.

Rona, Jeff. The Reel World: Scoring for Pictures; A Practical Guide to the Art, Technology and Business of Composing for Film and Television, 2nd revised edition. Milwaukee, WI: Music Pro Guides, 2009.

Schelle, Michael.  The Score: Interviews with Film Composers. Los Angeles: Silman-James Press, 1999.

Smith, Jeff. The Sounds of Commerce: Marketing Popular Film Music. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.

Yewdall, David Lewis. Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, 4th edition. Waltham, MA: Focal Press, 2011.


This list was last updated on 19/01/2022