Music for the Movies , 2nd Edition


330 Pages
6x9 Paper
B&W Photos
Silman-James Press
Available electronic format(s):
Kindle, iBook,

Tony Thomas’s popular history of Hollywood film music (from the thirties through the nineties) as viewed through portraits of many of its foremost practitioners.

Music for the Movies discusses the lives, works, and influences of:

  • Alfred Newman,
  • Victor Young
  • Dimitri Tiomkin
  • Franz Waxman
  • Miklos, Rozsa,
  • Max Steiner
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold
  • Bernard Herrmann
  • Hugo Friedhofer
  • David Raksin
  • Aaron Copland
  • Alex North
  • Elmer Bernstein
  • Henry Mancini
  • Leonard Rosenman
  • Jerry Goldsmith
  • Lalo Schifrin
  • Daivd Shire
  • Bruce Broughton
    Basil Poledouris
    and others

About Tony Thomas

Tony Thomas, one of the most respected authorities on the history of film music, was a film and record producer and author.  He wrote and produced numerous television specials, including Hollywood and the American Image  (PBS), The West That Never Was (PBS), and The Hollywood Soundtrack Story (AMC).  He also produced more than fifty recordings of classical and film music and wrote thirty books, including Film Score: The Art and Craft of Movie Music.

“Tony Thomas is the preeminent authority on film music.  Music for the Movies is an essential work for anyone interested in first-hand knowledge of this unique art form.”
—John Williams

Music for the Movies is the one book that should be in the library of anyone interested in learning about this art of the twentieth century.”
—Elmer Bernstein

“All of us who compose for films owe Tony Thomas a great debt of gratitude for being among the first to take our music seriously and to write about our contribution to the art of moving pictures with real knowledge and discernment.”
—David Raksin

“Tony Thomas, a gentleman and a legend, has given us a provocative insight into the world of film music with his book Music for the Movies.”
—Basil Poldouris

“For anyone setting out to study film music I don’t think you could do better than to start with Music for the Movies.  It’s the best overview of the history of the art I’ve seen so far.”
—David Newman

“A fascinating read for the film music lover.”
—Jerry Goldsmith

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