Faculty Book: Royal S. Brown

Royal S. Brown

Film Musings: A Selected Anthology from Fanfare Magazine
(Scarecrow Press, 2007)

For nearly twenty years, scholar and critic Royal S. Brown contributed a regular column, "Film Musings," to Fanfare magazine. Film Musings assembles the material from these columns and presents Brown's reviews of significant recordings of movie scores. Although many of the reviews are of "original soundtrack recordings" for films released during the column's run, a number of the reviews also cover reissues of earlier recordings, as well as newly recorded versions of "classic" scores. In certain instances, Brown was even able to include in his column interviews with composers such as David Raksin (Laura) and Howard Shore (The Silence of the Lambs) concerning new recordings of their music. His perceptions are presented in an accessible style that will lead even readers who are new to the subject to discover many of the treasures of what once was a neglected art. Royal S. Brown, chair of the Department of European Languages and Literatures at Queens College, is a professor of French and music at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: NOV 14, 2007

Category: Faculty Books | French | Music Ph.D. - D.M.A