The Oxford Handbook of Film Music Studies, Hardback Book


The Oxford Handbook of Film Music Studies charts the interdisciplinary activity around music in visual media, addressing the primary areas of inquiry: history, genre and medium, analysis and criticism, and interpretation.

Chapters in Part I cover the range most broadly, from the relations of music and the soundtrack to opera and film, textual representation of film sound, film music as studied by cognitive scientists, and Hanns Eisler's work as film composerand co-author of the foundational text Composing for the Films (1947).

Part II addresses genre and medium with chapters focusing on cartoons and animated films, the film musical, music in arcade and early video games, and the interplay of film, music, and recording over the past half century.

The chapters inPart III offer case studies in interpretation along with extended critical surveys of theoretical models of gender, sexuality, and subjectivity as they impinge on music and sound.

The three chapters on analysis in Part IV are diverse: one systematically models harmonies used in recent films, a second looks at issues of music and film temporality, and a third focuses on television.

Chapters on history (Part V) cover topics including musical antecedents in nineteenth-century theater, the complexissues in sychronization of music in performance of early (silent) films, international practices in early film exhibition, and the symphony orchestra in film.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 704 pages, 58 h/t; 93 b&w film stills
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Film theory & criticism
  • ISBN: 9780195328493


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