Music for Prime Time

A History of American Television Themes and Scoring

Narrated by Paul Woodson
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Pub Date 28 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 28 Mar 2023

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Description

Music composed for television had, until recently, never been taken seriously by scholars or critics. Catchy TV themes, often for popular weekly series, were fondly remembered but not considered much more culturally significant than commercial jingles. Yet noted composers like John Williams, Henry Mancini, and Jerry Goldsmith learned and/or honed their craft in television before going on to major success in feature films. Music for Prime Time is the first serious, journalistic history of music for American television. It is the product of thirty-five years of research and more than 450 interviews with composers, orchestrators, producers, editors, and musicians. Based on, but vastly expanded and revised from, an earlier book by the same author, this wide-ranging narrative not only tells the backstory of every great TV theme but also examines the many neglected and frequently underrated orchestral and jazz compositions for television dating back to the late 1940s. Covering every series genre (crime, comedy, drama, westerns, action-adventure, fantasy, and sci-fi), it also looks at music for animated series, news and documentary programming, TV-movies, and miniseries, and how music for television has evolved in the era of cable and streaming options. It is the most comprehensive history of television scoring ever published.

Music composed for television had, until recently, never been taken seriously by scholars or critics. Catchy TV themes, often for popular weekly series, were fondly remembered but not considered much...


Advance Praise

“A remarkable history of music in American television from its infancy to the present day. The book connects every conceivable television genre with the composers who made these shows memorable to the viewing public.” —Ron Rodman, author, Tuning In: American Narrative Television Music

“Part analog database, part rollicking scavenger hunt (you can find nuggets like Henry Mancini’s well-timed haircut, which led to the Peter Gunn theme and essentially Mancini’s subsequent career, or Yul Brynner’s surprising design skills), this fast-moving survey is a rich source of quick-fix facts, large-scale historical arcs, and more than a few enticing side trails for the rest of us to explore.” —Robynn J. Stilwell, co-editor, Music and the Moving Image

“A remarkable history of music in American television from its infancy to the present day. The book connects every conceivable television genre with the composers who made these shows memorable to...


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EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781696611220
PRICE $24.99 (USD)
DURATION 21 Hours, 4 Minutes

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