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Unsettled ScoresPolitics, Hollywood, and the Film Music of Aaron Copland and Hanns Eisler$
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Sally Bick

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042812

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042812.001.0001

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Copland on Hollywood

Copland on Hollywood

(p.24) Chapter 2 Copland on Hollywood
Unsettled Scores

Sally Bick

University of Illinois Press

This chapter provides a critical discussion on Copland’s writings about film music, particularly the lecture he delivered at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) but also in his other publications, such as his book What to Listen for in Music and his articles in the popular press. In the MoMA lecture, a reflection of Copland’s initial experiences in Hollywood composing the score for Lewis Milestone’s film Of Mice and Men, he provides a critical assessment of Hollywood’s industrial enterprise and contemporary film composers such as Max Steiner, George Antheil, Ernst Toch, Warner Jansen, and Alfred Newman. Copland’s later writings present a synthesized and theoretic approach to the varied functions of music in film that became influential in subsequent film music scholarship.

Keywords:   Lewis Milestone, Of Mice and Men, MoMA lecture, What to Listen for in Music, Max Steiner, Ernst Toch, Warner Jansen, Alfred Newman, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Oscar Levant

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