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Against All Odds: The Decline and Resurgence of the Symphonic Film Score in Hollywood

Issue: Vol 2 No. 2-4 (2009)

Journal: Journal of Film Music

Subject Areas: Popular Music

DOI: 10.1558/jfm.v2i2-4.175


With the birth of sound film, the symphonic film score would begin a journey which would firmly entrench the symphonic score in Hollywood practice and parlance. On route, the symphonic film score would experience many highs and lows, reflecting changes within the film and music industries and also within society at large; changes compounded by the impact of new technologies. This article draws together a number of sources and presents an overview of the main factors involved in the decline and subsequent resurgence of the symphonic film score in Hollywood.

Author: Helen Mitchell

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