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Composers in the Movies: Studies in Musical Biography

John C. Tibbetts

Abstract

This book is about composer biographies in the likes of Amadeus, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Swanee River, and Rhapsody in Blue. Even before movies had sound, filmmakers dramatized the lives of composers. Movie biographies—or biopics—have depicted composers as diverse as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George M. Cohan, Stephen Foster, and George Gershwin. This book surveys different styles and periods from the Hollywood of the 1920s and 1930s to the international cinema of today, exploring the role that film biographies play in our understanding of history and culture. It delves into such questions as: How ... More

Keywords: Amadeus, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Swanee River, Rhapsody in Blue, lives of composers, biopics, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George M. Cohan, Stephen Foster, George Gershwin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300106749
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106749.001.0001

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John C. Tibbetts, author

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