In 1925, MGM produced a screen version of Lew Wallace's best-selling novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which became a classic of silent cinema. Nearly 25 years later, the biblical epic was remade by William Wyler and received an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards, including one for Miklós Rózsa's music. Indeed, the score for Ben-Hur is one of the greatest achievements in Hollywood film music. In this book, Roger Hickman focuses on the confluence of traditions, trends, and innovations that shaped Rózsa's score.
Hickman provides an overview of Rózsa's music into the 1960s, looks at the composer's musical influences and the development of his distinctive style, and examines how Rózsa applied these compositional techniques to film scoring. The author then explores the Ben-Hur phenomenon and traces the development of the story and its musical traditions from the original novel into the 21st century. Hickman also examines the conventions of epic films and ties these influences together with a detailed analysis of the score. Miklós Rózsa's Ben-Hur pays tribute to not only one of the great film scores but also to one of Hollywood's most influential composers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book elicits on-the-money details regarding Rozsa's composition aesthetic. While it does reiterate information already documented in Rozsa's autobiography, A Double Life, it does supply additional information for those of us who are avid fans of his work. The only negative is that it doesn't contain any full orchestral excerpts. I long for the day when the full orchestral score will be made available for study.
Great book - very informative about not only Ben-Hur but Miklos Rozsa's compositional style as well!
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