Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 5½ x 8½
978-1-4422-8179-0 • Paperback • May 2017 • $48.00 • (£37.00)
978-1-4422-8180-6 • eBook • May 2017 • $42.50 • (£33.00)
Mariana Whitmer is program director at the Center for American Music and executive director for the Society for American Music. She is the author of Jerome Moross’s The Big Country: A Film Score Guide (Scarecrow, 2012).
Presented in a concise and accessible writing style, Whitmer’s close study of the score, narrative, and surrounding historical context of The Magnificent Seven will make an engaging text for students studying film music and is a captivating read for music and film scholars alike. . . . Whitmer notes that “music is integral to the drama, and it is applied with such notable attention to detail, that appreciating its assembly is like solving a puzzle” (p. 125). Throughout the book, Whitmer helps the reader gather and assemble those many puzzle pieces. Upon putting them together, one fully appreciates the score’s importance to The Magnificent Seven as well as its lasting influence on society’s understanding of nationalism and the mythologized American West.
— Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association