For half a century, Alfred Hitchcock created films full of gripping and memorable music. Over his long career he presided over more musical styles than any director in history and ultimately changed how we think about film music. This book is the first to fully explore the essential role music played in the movies of Alfred Hitchcock. Based on extensive interviews with composers, writers, and actors, and research in rare archives, Jack Sullivan discusses how Hitchcock used music to influence the atmosphere, characterization, and even storylines of his films. Sullivan examines the director's important relationships with various composers, especially Bernard Herrmann, and tells the stories behind the musical decisions. Covering the whole of the director's career, from the early British works up to "Family Plot", this engaging look at the work of Alfred Hitchcock offers new insight into his achievement and genius and changes the way we watch, and listen, to his movies.
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'Sullivan...does not merely cherry-pick everyone's favourite Hitchcock
movie scores, but carefully analyses the music in all of them.' -- The Guardian, January 20, 2006
"Jack Sullivan's examination of the role music played in the dramatic and emotional impact of Hitchcock's films seems long overdue in moving the spotlight away from the sprocket to the stave." -- Classical Music, September 1, 2007
"the year's best film book, Jack Sullivan's 'Hitchcock's Music'...is a lucid, revealing account of the significance of music and musicians in Hitchcock's films." -- Observer, November 25, 2007
'...lucid, enthusiastic and meticulously researched...a major
contribution to the understanding of a great, infinatley fascinating
director.' -- The Observer, February 11, 2007
'Sullivan's account is an excellent and revelatory addition to the literature of cinema.'
-- Christopher Hirst, The Independent, May 2, 2008
'Sullivan's well-documented account...sheds a refreshingly
different light on familiar film classics, and their creator.'
-- BBC Music Magazine, March, 2007
'incisive and convincing...a great triumph.'
-- Literary Review, February, 2007
Jack Sullivan is director of American Studies and professor of English at Rider University. He is the author of New World Symphonies: How American Culture Changed European Music, published by Yale University Press. He lives in New York City.
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