Catching Dreams: Editing Film Scores for Publication

Winters, Ben (2007). Catching Dreams: Editing Film Scores for Publication. Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 132(1) pp. 115–140.




There is a need for published film score editions in film musicology, both to preserve the contents of manuscripts and to aid critical readings of films. How to accomplish this, without re-inscribing the romantic conceptions of authorship commonly associated with edition creation, is the subject of this article. After considering the relevant editorial problems and models, a postmodern ‘anti-edition’ is proposed, using examples drawn from Korngold’s score for The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).

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