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Steven C. Smith

Music by Max Steiner

The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer

Oxford University Press 2020

New Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in BiographyNew Books in FilmNew Books in HistoryNew Books in MusicNew Books in Performing ArtsNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network August 21, 2020 Joel Tscherne

During a seven-decade career that spanned from 19th century Vienna to 1920s Broadway to the golden age of Hollywood, three-time Academy Award winner Max...

During a seven-decade career that spanned from 19th century Vienna to 1920s Broadway to the golden age of Hollywood, three-time Academy Award winner Max Steiner did more than any other composer to introduce and establish the language of film music. In Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer (Oxford University Press, 2020), the first full biography of Steiner, author and filmmaker Steven C. Smith interweaves the dramatic incidents of Steiner’s personal life with an accessible exploration of his composing methods and experiences, bringing to life the previously untold story of a musical pioneer and master dramatist who helped create a vital new art with some of the greatest film scores in cinema history.

Stephen C. Smith is a film documentarian, with four Emmy nominations and 16 Telly Awards.


Joel Tscherne is an adjunct history professor at Southern New Hampshire University and tweets @JoelTscherne.