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Muir Mathieson free pdf Muir Mathieson's name must surely appear on the credit lists of more British films than that of any other individual. A Scot (Mathieson was born in Stirling), trained at the Royal College of Music, he joined Alexander Korda at Denham in 1934, worked for various government film units during the war, and was musical director at Rank from 1945 until 1970. His first credit as music director was for "The Private Life of Don Juan" (1934), he was responsible for commissioning first scores from composers of art music like Arthur Bliss (Things to Come, 1936), Vaughan Williams, Arnold Bax and Malcolm Arnold to write for the big screen and it was Mathieson who persuaded William Walton to compose the famous score for Henry V (1945). In all, it is estimated Mathieson initiated and conducted over a thousand scores. He also composed the music for films such as "Conquest of the Air (1936)", "This Happy Breed (1944)", "The Man Who Never Was (1956)", "A Tale of Two Cities (1958)", and "Call Me Bwana (1963)". While Mathieson was celebrated among his peers for his musical genius, time has not been as faithful and this is the only biography of the great man. 'Although Muir's name and work are remembered and celebrated by mature filmgoers, young afficionados are probably quite unaware of his remarkable impact and enduring contribution to the music of cinema. This book is, I hope, a reminder and a salute.' - Sheila Hetherington. Interwoven with this biographical account of Mathieson's life is a series of analyses of the scores of some of the films he worked on as Music Director or Conductor. The films were selected to provide as broad a cross section as possible of the types of movie with which he was associated. Muir Mathieson initiated and conducted over a thousand scores, this book has selected 10 to analyse: "Dangerous Moonlight", "49th Parallel", "In Which We Serve", "Fires Were Started", "Henry V", "Western Approaches", "Brief Encounter", "Hamlet", "Oliver Twist", "Vertigo".

About Sheila Hetherington

Sheila Hetherington is a writer whose previous work includes a biography of the Duchess of Atholl (Katharine Atholl: Against the Tide) and an account of the early life of the former Editor of the Guardian and Controller of BBC Scotland Alastair Hetherington (A Man of his Word). She has lived near Stirling for 25 years (Muir Mathieson was also from Stirling) and now divides her time between that home and a cottage on the Black Isle. Dr Mark Brownrigg is a lecturer in the department of Film and Media at the University of Stirling, where he teaches a film music course. His PhD explored the relationship between film music and film genre, and he is currently working on a monograph on John Williams' score for Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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Author : Sheila Hetherington
Publisher : Scottish Cultural Press
Data Published : 20 April 2006
ISBN : 1898218110
EAN : 9781898218111
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 288 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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