Baroque music in post-war cinema : performance practice and musical style /

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Cambridge University Press,, Cambridge, United Kingdom ;, p.1 online resource. (2021)

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(OCoLC)fst01027201, 20th century., fast, History, Motion picture music, Motion picture music.


Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 03, 2021).Studies of pre-existing music in narrative cinema often focus on a single film, composer or director. The approach here adopts a wider perspective, placing a specific musical repertoire - baroque music - in the context of its reception to explore its mobilisation in post-war cinema. It shows how various revivals have shaped musical fashion, and how cinema has drawn on resultant popularity and in turn contributed to it. Close analyses of various films raise issues of baroque musical style and form to question why eighteenth-century music remains an exception to dominant film-music discourses. Account is taken of changing modern performance practice and its manifestation in cinema, particularly in the biopic. This question of the reimagining of baroque repertoire leads to consideration of pastiches and parodies to which cinema has been particularly drawn, and subsequently to the role that neobaroque music has played in more recent films.