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Richard Addinsell
This paper discusses the life and achievements of composer Richard Addinsell.
# 91726 | 1,770 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 05, 2007 in Drama and Theater (American) , Film (Artist) , Music Studies (Contemporary)

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The paper relates that in the past few centuries, there have been countless classical composers whose music has inspired and encouraged populations around the globe. One such composer is Richard Addinsell, whose legendary works have provided entertainment for moviegoers and theater-attendants for generations. The paper reveals that he is credited for over 40 film scores and he successfully wrote music for nearly every genre in film, from historical documentaries to light hearted comedies. The paper details his personal history and his rise to fame. The paper concludes that his level of skill as well as his ability to orchestrate music flawlessly and seamlessly has made Richard Addinsell a composer to be remembered and revered for generations.

From the Paper:

"Addinsell's music was primarily written for piano, either in solo or duet, as well as for orchestras or ensembles. Varying from passionate, somber pieces of tragedy to light-hearted pieces for comedy to slow moving waltzes, Addinsell's musical style is varied and versatile, which are the qualities that allowed his career to thrive in the film industry. Paid by the film studios for specific works, the funding from such endeavors allowed him to write music for less lucrative genres such as theater and radio. As a modern classical composer, Addinsell was able to combine the richness of piano with full orchestra accompaniment to provide thundering war marches, when required, or to use a simple single piano to show a softer, more subtle element of a film."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Addinsell, Richard. "Warsaw Concerto." The Film Music of Richard Addinsell. Chandos, 2003.
  • Addinsell, Richard. "Suite: Scrooge." The Film Music of Richard Addinsell. Chandos, 2003.
  • Addinsell, Richard. "Prologue: Sea Devils." The Music of Richard Addinsell. Asv Living Era, 1997.
  • Broxton, Jonathan / Movie Music UK. "Richard Addinsell." Composer Gallery A-B. 2006. Movie Music 10 March 2006 <>.
  • Chester Music and Novello and Company. "Richard Addinsell." Composers. 2005. Chester Music and Novello and Company. 10 March 2006 <>.

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