Alex North, Film Composer: A Biography, with Musical Analyses of A Streetcar Named Desire, Spartacus, The Misfits, Under the Volcano, and Prizzi’s Honor
McFarland, Jul 31, 2009 - 278 pages
Alex North (1910–1991) was one of America’s most renowned film composers. His musical scores enhanced more than 60 major motion pictures—A Streetcar Named Desire, Cleopatra and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf among them. He had 15 Oscar nominations, and received the Lifetime Achievement Oscar. This book begins with his early life in Pennsylvania, and moves through his studies at Juilliard and in Russia and Mexico, his early experiences in modern dance, documentaries, and theater, and his major work in film. The book also offers analyses of North’s musical scores for Streetcar, Spartacus, The Misfits, Under the Volcano, and Prizzi’s Honor. Appendices include a bibliography, a filmography, a listing of other North compositions, a discography, and a listing of awards.
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The Seventies and the Eighties
A Streetcar Named Desire 95
Prizzis Honor 985
List of Compositions
List of Awards Presented to Alex North
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