The Documentary Film Scores of Gail Kubik

TitleThe Documentary Film Scores of Gail Kubik
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsCochran, Alfred W.
EditorDonnelly, Kevin J.
Book TitleFilm Music: Critical Approaches
Pagination117 - 128
CityNew York

The Documentary Film Scores of Gail Kubik book chapter abstract:

Gail Kubik composed wartime documentary film scores during World War II. His musical score for the 1942 movie The World at War led to Kubik being hired by the Office of War Information to score music for wartime documentary films. In 1943 he joined the Army Air Corps and was assigned to the First Motion Picture Unit in Culver City, California. He wrote several scores during his time there, including the acclaimed wartime documentary score for The Memphis Belle, which he later reworked in 1950 as The Memphis Belle: A War Time Episode for Narrator and Orchestra.

The chapter is included in the anthology, Film music : Critical Approaches edited by K. J. Donnelly, which comprises ten contributions that chart the history of film music, introduce analytical and interpretive approaches to music and film, and bring together a wide range of ideas on a variety of films.

Description from UNC Chapel Hill library abstract:  For something we often barely notice, music in films is often highly effective. It creates tension, elicits emotion, and is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of the cinematic experience. Upon closer inspection, it can be seen that film music is highly complex and artful, not only having immediate emotional impact, but also comprising some of the most outstanding music produced in the twentieth century.This ground-breaking anthology brings together the most influential international scholars on the subject, providing a detailed, diverse yet accessible perspective on music in the cinema. The book is divided into three parts: History and Contexts; Music in Classical Cinema; and Music in Post-Classical Cinema. 



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