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date: 20 October 2020

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This chapter examines the career of film music composer Hanns Eisler. It explains that Eisler wrote music for films in virtually every year of his adult life and has covered more cultural and political ground than any prominent composer in the twentieth century. It describes Eisler’s experience as an early practitioner in sound, film including the experimental Film Music Project. This chapter also summarizes the motivations and methods associated with Eisler’s “lifelong film music project” and analyzes the book Composing for the Films, which Eisler coauthored with musicologist and philosopher Theodor W. Adorno.

Keywords: Hanns Eisler, film music composer, Film Music Project, Composing for the Films, Theodor Adorno, sound film

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