The Music of Charlie Chaplin

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FALL 2018

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About the Book

Charlie Chaplin the actor is universally synonymous with his beloved Tramp character. Chaplin the director is considered one of the great auteurs and innovators of cinema history. Less well known is Chaplin the composer, whose instrumental theme for Modern Times (1936) later became the popular standard “Smile,” a Billboard hit for Nat King Cole in 1954. Chaplin was prolific yet could not read or write music. It took a rotating cast of talented musicians to translate his unorthodox humming, off-key singing and amateur piano and violin playing into the singular orchestral vision he heard in his head. Drawing on numerous transcriptions from 60 years of original scores, this comprehensive study reveals the untold story of Chaplin the composer and the string of famous (and not-so-famous) musicians he employed, giving fresh insight into his films and shedding new light on the man behind the icon.

About the Author(s)

Jim Lochner’s music and lyrics have appeared in shows for TADA! Youth Theater, and he has written extensively on film music for Varèse Sarabande, Film Score Monthly, FSM Online, Intrada, La-La Land Records, and Disques Cinemusique. He lives in New York, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Jim Lochner

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 50 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9611-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3351-0
Imprint: McFarland