Monday, April 27, 2009

Book Excerpt of the Day

“To create the sense of uneasiness that is critical to any suspenseful mood, [Bernard] Herrmann used dissonant harmonies that eschew comforting resolutions. What made Herrmann the master at manipulating audiences is the virtuosity at using nagging ostinatos and inconclusive harmonies to tweak their expectations while rarely providing the melodic reassurance.”

– from Chapter 6: A Fearful Earful of Kristopher Spencer’s Film and Television Scores, 1950-1979

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