Hollywood Harmony revolves around three primary arguments: (1) tonal practices of the nineteenth century continue to flourish and evolve in film music; (2) chromaticism using consonant triads is a key ingredient of the “Hollywood Sound”; and (3) this chromatic style is associated with representations and evocations of wonderment in cinema. The book’s Introduction broaches these three claims with a brief initial analysis of studio logo music, before offering a survey of the scholarly landscape of film music theory, including treatments of chromaticism and so-called pantriadic music, especially transformation theory, the triadic guise of which has come to be called “neo-Riemannian theory.” Finally, the Introduction lays out the scope, approach, and organization of the chapters to follow.
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