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Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront; a film score guide.


Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront; a film score guide.

Bushard, Anthony.

Scarecrow Pr.


214 pages


Scarecrow film score guides; no.14


Bushard (music history, U. of Nebraska, Lincoln) presents a musicological and sociological analysis of Leonard Bernstein's one and only film score that he wrote for On the Waterfront. Half of the book is devoted to biographical and social contextualizing, which Bushard argues is important to understand the true merits and influence of Bernstein's score. To this end, he reviews Bernstein's musical and dramatic background prior to making the film, outlines the significance of anti-communism in the life of Bernstein and the film's director, Elia Kazan, and interrogates the existential crises that the Cold War and suburban flight generated. Two chapters focus on the score or directly musical considerations itself: the second chapter, which considers Bernstein's compositional method, and the last chapter that analyzes the score piece by piece. Because of the context Bushard provides, this text could be useful in a class on cultural or film history, while the analysis itself will be of interest to people with musical training.

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Title Annotation:Scarecrow film score guides, no. 14
Publication:Reference & Research Book News
Article Type:Book review
Date:Apr 1, 2013
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