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Books By Charles Bernstein

Charles Bernstein's new book, Movie Music: An Insider's View, is a welcome sequel to his first book, Film Music and Everything Else. It contains more thought-provoking and fun essays on the art of film music and about life in general. Some of the territory covered: What is a Classic?; Who has Good Taste?; Golden Opportunity; Spirituality in Music; Going Crazy; Are There Really "Wrong" Notes?; We All Need Support; A Word About Chaos (to mention just a few). As a bonus, this volume also features in-depth conversations between Mr. Bernstein and some of the greatest film composers of all time.

Movie Music: An Insider's View

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Published: Sept 2007
Paperback: 222 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9704273-1-1
Publisher: Turnstyle Music
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It's a joy to read Charles Bernstein on the art and craft of film music. His love for the music itself illuminates every page, and with his insider's view, he brings to life the present state of this musical stepchild, so clearly destined to have a lasting impact on the gentle art of music itself. Charles Bernstein, as an affectionate chronicler of his favorite subject, is to be read, absorbed and enjoyed.
John Williams, Academy Award winning composer and conductor of acclaimed film scores, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Jaws and Fiddler on the Roof

Charles Bernstein writes about film music with passion and consummate knowledge, from an insider's point of view. That's what makes his musings on the subject so pertinent, and valuable.
Leonard Maltin, National Film Critic, Film Historian, Author of Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, Commentator on television's Entertainment Tonight

No one writes more evocatively, or with more accessible insight, about film music than Charles Bernstein. He combines an insider's knowledge with an unabashed fan's appreciation of its intricacies, mysteries and beauty. A wonderful and revealing book.
Phil Alden Robinson, Academy Award Nominated writer-director of Field of Dreams, The Sum of All Fears, and Emmy Award winning director of Band of Brothers

Read a chapter from Movie Music: An Insider's View
"Heartbreak, Greatness and Film Music"
Film Music And Everything Else

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Published: Sept 2000
Paperback: 131 pages
ISBN: 0970427301
Publisher: Turnstyle Music
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Charles Bernstein isn't just an astute observer of the film music scene, or simply a participant. . . he's a philosopher. His writing is stimulating, informative and fun.
Leonard Maltin, National Film Critic, Author, Television Commentator

Charles Bernstein is a film composer. In this collection, he writes about more than music. He writes about music as metaphor, about the inner life of the creator and the mystery and magic of the creative process. He is at times dancer, at times magician. He is always a fascinating writer.
Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Academy Award winning lyricists (The Way We Were, Yentl!, The Windmills of Your Mind)

Charles' writings have always been most enjoyable, as has his music. He has great insight in both.
Jerry Goldsmith, Academy Award winning composer (Patton, The Omen, Chinatown, Star Trek, L.A. Confidential)

Read a chapter from Film Music and Everything Else—Volume I
Other Writings by Charles Bernstein

Musical Shares, a column on film music, can be found in The Society of Composers & Lyricists quarterly publication, The Score.

Charles Bernstein's Interviews with Great Film Composers can also be found in past issues of The Score.

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