I am contracted by McFarland to edit a new collection of essays that will
explore the way in which composers have been portrayed in movies.
Composers on Screen: an edited collection of essays.
There are good studies of the role of the composer as a contributor to the
creating of the moving picture, but none that specifically explores the
role of the composer as subject or principal character.
However, from the earliest years of the bio-pic, composer's lives and
careers have been presented in a series of features that range from the
largely fictional and frankly absurd (e.g. Wagner as seen in Magic Fire -
Dieterlie, 1955) to the intricately researched and intensely absorbing
(Wagner as portrayed by Richard Burton in Tony Palmer's film of 1983).
The range is extraordinary: dating from the earliest silent composer
biopics (Wagner and Verdi in 1913), and encompassing characters as diverse
as Handel and Vivaldi, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Beethoven,
Johan Strauss, Grieg, Dvorak - and Gilbert and Sullivan (Sidney Gilliat's
treatment from 1953, contrasting vividly with Mike Leigh's in 1999).
A rich seam of directorial, acting and musical talents have been drawn to
the challenges of portraying the elite world of the classical composer in
the most broadly democratic entertainment medium, the cinema.
This collection of essays will explore the principal examples of the genre
by offering analysis of individual films and subjects, whilst addressing
the challenges and solutions faced and provided by the filmmakers
Chapters should be of between 7,000 and 10,000 words in length.
The submission for completed text is 1st November 2015.
In the first instance, please send a brief abstract/outline to me -
alternatively, I am very happy to discuss ideas.
Dr Paul Fryer
Associate Director of Research
Head of The Stanislavski Centre
Editor, *Stanislavski Studies* (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Rose Bruford College (UK)
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