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Making Music in Selznick's Hollywood

Nathan Platte


Making Music in Selznick’s Hollywood explores the network of musicians and filmmakers whose work defined the sound of Hollywood’s golden age (c. 1920s–1950s). The book’s central character is producer David O. Selznick, who immersed himself in the music of his films, serving as manager, critic, and advocate. By demonstrating music’s value in film and encouraging its distribution through sheet music, concerts, radio broadcasts, and soundtrack albums, Selznick cultivated audiences’ relationship to movie music. But he did not do it alone. Selznick’s films depended upon the men and women who brough ... More

Keywords: film music, Hollywood, collaboration, film studio, soundtrack album, music director, Alfred Hitchcock, Max Steiner, Franz Waxman, Dimitri Tiomkin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199371112
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199371112.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan Platte, author
Assistant Professor of Music, University of Iowa