They shot, he scored : the life and music of Eldon Rathburn /

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Montreal ;, Canada, p.1 online resource (2019)



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Biography., Canada, Composers, History and criticism., Motion picture music


Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, April 22, 2019).Includes bibliographical references and index."Eldon Davis Rathburn (1916 2008), one of the most multi-dimensional, prolific, and endlessly fascinating composers of the twentieth century, wrote more music than any other Canadian composer of his generation. During a long and productive career that spanned seventy-five years, Rathburn served for thirty years as a staff composer with the National Film Board of Canada (1947 76), scored the first generation of IMAX films, and created a diverse catalogue of orchestral and chamber works. With the aid of extensive archival and documentary materials, They Shot, He Scored chronicles Rathburn's life and works, beginning with his formative years in Saint John, New Brunswick, and his breakthrough in Los Angeles in connection with Arnold Schoenberg and the LA Philharmonic Orchestra. The book follows his work at the NFB, his close encounters with some of the most celebrated international figures in his field, and his collaboration with the team of innovators who launched the IMAX film corporation. James Wright undertakes a close analytical reading of Rathburn's film and concert scores to outline his methods, compositional techniques, influences, and idiosyncratic approach to instrumentation, as well as his proto-postmodern proclivity for borrowing from diverse styles and genres. Authoritative and insightful, They shot, he scored illuminates the extraordinary career of an unsung creative force in the film and music industry."--Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Figures; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Formative Years: From Saint John to L.A.; 2 Early Years at the NFB: 1945-1952; 3 The Unit B Years: 1952-1964; 4 Career Crescendo: From Labyrinth to IMAX; 5 "Name Dropping": Encounters with Schoenberg, Varèse, Ives, Thomson, Sorabji, and Havergal Brian; 6 Covering His Tracks: Rathburn's Train Music; 7 Idiosyncrasies and Fascinatin' Rhythms: Music for Banjo, Jew's Harp, Flexatone, Historical Keyboards, and Calliope; 8 The Concert Music; 9 They Shot, He Scored: Looking Back and Looking AheadAbbreviationsAppendix I: Rathburn Filmography; Appendix II: Lists of Works; Appendix III: Rathburn Discography; Notes; Bibliography; Index