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Dramatic Notes

Foregrounding Music in the Dramatic Experience

By Neil Brand

Publication date: 1998
Total pages: 148
ISBN: 1 86020 548 8
Price: £ 25.00


Dramatic Notes is a layman's guide to the way composers create music to support drama, whether in the form of film, theatre, opera, radio or TV. Central to the book is a series of interviews with distinguished composers and directors as diverse as Judith Weir, Barrington Pheloung, George Fenton, John Schlesinger and Richard Rodney Bennett.


How does music work with drama? What is the mysterious process by which we all recognise and respond to musical emotions and signals without necessarily 'being musical'? Who makes the decisions about the use of music in the media? And how has the twentieth century put music to work with drama as never before?


Neil Brand is a composer and performer whose music includes the recent Channel 4 series The Crimean War, BBC Radio 4's new adaptation of War and Peace and the Channel 4 CD-ROM Backtracks. He is known internationally as one of the world's leading improvising and silent film pianists, has presented the Radio 2 Arts programme and features on BBC's The Late Show as well as touring the UK and abroad with his own BFI/NFTVA sponsored show Through the Sound Barrier.

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