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Wednesday, 17 September 2008, 12:00AM

An Introduction to Film Music

Professor Roger Parker FBA

Music has always been closely associated with film. From Saint-Saëns in 1908 to John Williams in the present day, the history of music and film is a long and interesting story intricately connected with the plight of art in the modern world.
It raises a multitude of interesting questions: How is music created for film? What factors must it take into consideration? What should one look for in film music? How does it relate to the mainstream of 'concert hall' composition?

Part of the series Film Music, by Roger Parker, Gresham Professor of Music.
Other lectures in this series include:
   Hitchcock's Psycho
   The Western
   Opera
   A Musical Interlude
   

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Professor Parker was the Gresham Professor of Music between 2006 and 2010. He is currently the Thurston Dart Professor of Music at King’s College London. He studied at the University of London, first at Goldsmiths, then at King’s. He then taught at Cornell University, at Oxford and at Cambridge, where he was Professor of Music and served as Chair of the School of Arts and Humanities. He has held Visiting Professorships at Princeton and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the Ernest Bloch Lecturer.
Roger Parker's work has centred on opera, in particular Italian opera of the nineteenth century. For ten years he was founding co-editor (with Arthur Groos) of the Cambridge Opera Journal, and he continues as General Editor (with Gabriele Dotto) of the Donizetti Critical Edition. He was a Guggenhiem Fellow in 1986-7, received the Premio Giuseppe Verdi in 1986, and in 1991 was awarded the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association. He has produced numerous publications but his latest book is Remaking the Song: Operatic Visions and Revisions from Handel to Berio.

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17 September 2008

An Introduction to Film Music
Professor Roger Parker FBA

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