A New Resource for Film Music Research

July 26, 2018

SYMPHŌNIACUS Web Site Archives & Links to William Snedden’s Esteemed Film Music Essays

William Snedden specializes in researching musicians from the Golden Age. He has published with the Journal of Film Music and is currently writing about the life and career of Franz Waxman’s orchestrator Leonid Raab. He is also a contributor to the Arthur Bliss Society newsletter and the British Music Society journal. William is retired and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Wm Snedden Website home page

This new web site, SYMPHŌNIACUS – Essays and Articles on British and American Film Music, was created, thanks to the dedication of William Snedden and webmaster Jeannot Boever (The CinemaScore & Soundtrack Archives, the Hugo Friedhofer web site), to archive much of the content of these venerable, and largely unpublished, essays and preserve the news, views, and interviews they offered during the periods in which they were being written. The site is an important reference source for film music researchers looking for material on composers and scores and trends covered before the more currently prevalent online sources of information that we have today.

Snedden’s essays are both posted on the new site, or, if currently available and copyrighted on the site they were originally posted to, will be linked to it.  One example of this is Snedden’s 2000 essay, Things to Come – The World’s First Soundtrack Album? (an essay which ought to be of immediate interest to the readers of Musique Fantastique), which is archived on the Film Score Monthly site and is linked to that page from SYMPHŌNIACUS.

As more are posted and linked to SYMPHŌNIACUS, this site would be a valuable resource for film music researchers, enthusiasts, and academics.

Visit SYMPHŌNIACUS here: https://billsnedden.wordpress.com/

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