[Smt-talk] theory of film music

Ildar Khannanov etudetableau at gmail.com
Fri Jul 4 12:58:27 PDT 2014

Dear Bob and the List,

I do not know if my article in Film Music Journal on Dmitri Tiomkin's
Ballade from High Noon falls into the category of narrative analysis  but I
have tried to do my best to analyze music there in terms of Asafiev's
inonatsia and provided some modest attempts to analyze the notes in the


Ildar Khannanov
Peabody Conservatory
etudetableau at gmail.com

2014-07-03 0:06 GMT-04:00 <kos at panix.com>:

> Hey folks,
> I know lots of you are interested in "film music" although it almost never
> is written about on SMT-TALK.
> My recent perusal of the book "Music and Levels of Narration in Film:
> Steps Across the Border" by Guido Heldt (Chicago: Intellect, 2013) reminded
> me of one of my ongoing questions concerning film music studies, in that a
> noticeably large group of writers take their cue from film studies and use
> narrativity as the basis for understanding film music.
> While understanding narrative is essential to understanding how music
> operates in a film, I'm often disappointed in that I see no further
> dissection of the music.  My own bias is empiricism:  I feel that--in
> general--the internal evidence of the music can offer more insight into
> understanding music.  I see this *rarely* discussed in film music - and
> when it is written about, it's usually in the context of how to write music
> for films.  (I often imagine that, because it's so difficult to get a film
> score, people have derived analytical modes that consider the written score
> irrelevant.)
> I see the above is purely musicological.  Beyond the narrativity movement,
> can anyone point to writings that attempt to deal with film music as part
> of music theory?
> Bob Kosovsky, Ph.D. -- Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts,
> Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
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