Film Music---What's in a Name?


  • William H. Rosar University of California, San Diego



film music, Filmmusik, music in film, music and film


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How to Cite

Rosar, W. H. (2009). Film Music---What’s in a Name?. Journal of Film Music, 1(1), 1–18.