Sonatas, Screams, and Silence: Music and Sound in the Films of Ingmar Bergman is the first musical examination of Bergman’s style as an auteur filmmaker. It provides a comprehensive examination of all three aspects (music, sound effects, and voice) of Bergman’s signature soundtrack-style. Through examinations of Bergman’s biographical links to music, the role of music, sound effects, silence, and voice, and Bergman’s working methods with sound technicians, mixers, and editors, this book argues that Bergman’s soundtracks are as superbly developed as his psychological narratives and breathtaking cinematography. Interdisciplinary in nature, this book bridges the fields of music, sound, and film.
Table of Contents
PART I: A MUSICAL LIFE
Chapter 1. Aural Close-up: Music in Bergman’s Life
Chapter 2. A Language of Love: Ingmar Bergman, Käbi Laretei, and Music
PART II: FILM, MUSIC, AND VOICE
Chapter 3. Bergman's Film Music: Music as Film and Film as Music
Chapter 4. Ingmar Bergman's Musicians
Chapter 5. Bergman’s Musical Clones and Character Doubles
Chapter 6. Listening to Bergman's Monsters: Horror Music, Mutes, and Acoustical Beings
PART III: SOUND EFFECTS AND STUDIO TIME
Chapter 7. Music Lessons With August Strindberg: A Dream Play
Chapter 8. Mixing with Bergman: At Work in the Sound Studio: Winter Light and From the Life of the Marionettes
Alexis Luko is an Assistant Professor of Musicology in the School for Studies in Art and Culture and the College of the Humanities at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.