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Film Music: A Research Guide

Instructional Books

Several publishers and individuals have created how-to guides for film music composition as well as commentaries on the practice. The earliest instructional book in the Music Division's collections is for silent film accompaniment and comes from 1913, What and How to Play for Pictures. As the film industry continued to evolve throughout the twentieth century, many more guides have been published and marketed to professionals and amateurs alike. For a more detailed overview of instructional guides specific to silent film music, see the "Instructional Books" page of the Music for Silent Film research guide.

Notable Examples

The following titles offer a representative sample and link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.