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Music Composition for Film and Television

by Lalo Schifrin
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Learn film-scoring techniques from one of the great film/television composers of our time. Lalo Schifrin shares his insights into the intimate relationship between music and drama. Illustrated with extended excerpts from his most iconic scores, such as Mission: Impossible, Cool Hand Luke, Bullitt, and many others, and anecdotes from inside the Hollywood studios, Schifrin reveals the technical details of his own working approach, which has earned him six Oscar nominations, twenty-one Grammy nominations (with four awards), and credits on hundreds of major productions.

You will learn to:

  • Support a scene's dramatic mood by matching appropriate musical constructs, such as intervals, instrumentation, and rhythm
  • Underscore standard genres effectively, such as action scenes, comedy, suspense, romance, and others
  • Compose music that supports dialogue and sound effects
  • Understand techniques and conventions of the scoring process, such as spotting, synchronization, ADR, and much more

Also included is the full score of Schifrin's Fantasy for Screenplay and Orchestra, a treasure-trove of unfettered dramatic sound painting, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and a great thesis on the emblematic language of film music.

Lalo Schifrin has written more than one hundred scores for film and television and is recognized as being one of the most talented and significant contributors to film music throughout the past forty years. Among his classic scores are Mission: Impossible, Mannix, The Fox, Cool Hand Luke, Bullitt, Dirty Harry, The Cincinnati Kid, and Amityville Horror. Recent film scores include Tango, the Rush Hour series, Bringing Down The House, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, After the Sunset, and Abominable. To date, Lalo Schifrin has won four Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, one Cable Ace Award, and the Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award, and has received six Oscar nominations.

"Lalo Schifrin's new study of film scoring makes an excellent addition to the available literature on the subject. As one of the acknowledged masters of the craft, he's produced a detailed work that will be invaluable to students, and an intriguing read to anyone interested in what often can seem an elusive and ineffable art form."

John Williams

"I first met Lalo Schifrin back in the '60s, when he did the music for several films I worked on (Coogan's Bluff, Kelly's Hero's, The Beguiled, the Dirty Harry films, Joe Kidd). I found him to have an extraordinary imagination and to be an outstanding film composer. He made the characters come alive. I was fascinated with his book Music Composition for Film and Television. It's extremely educational and gives a wonderful insight into the film and television world through the eyes of one of the greats."

Clint Eastwood

"If I were to recommend one book to tell and teach all about music composition for film and television, I would recommend, without a doubt, Lalo Schifrin's book of the same name."

Hal David

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