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"As Time Goes By": A Guide to Film Music



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Praise for the book from distinguished film composers!

"Thank you for your kind letter and the copy of your film music book.  
Congratulations and best wishes for success
in your future contributions to the film music literature.

Yours truly,
John Williams

"I do feel your book is done in a most interesting way.  It affords a quick overview of what has not become a very, very broad field.  Congratulations!"
Elmer Bernstein, late film composer and conductor

"Your film music guide should be available to anyone interested in the Golden Age and beyond."
John Morgan, film composer/score restorer

Praise from a longtime film music fan:

"Your book is a masterpiece. I found something new on almost every page!" -- Howard L



The expanded 6th edition


"As Time Goes By" - A Guide To Film Music by Roger L. Hall is now available in a revised edition which is ideal for classroom teaching, film researchers and writers, or home viewing by film buffs.

This latest edition includes the complete book, plus CD reviews, book and DVD reviews, and film composer tributes from the long-running online e-zine, Film Music Review, by critics: Roger Hall, Seven A. Kennedy and Steve Vertlieb.

Previous editions of this popular guide (1997, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2012) are now SOLD OUT.

Roger L. Hall has been Managing Editor of Film Music Review since its beginning in 1998.

In 1988 he began selecting his choices for the best film music of the year for his Sammy Film Music Awards, now the longest-running awards for film music recordings.

Unlike some film books that focus on a few decades, this one
includes over 85 years of film music.

There are over 400 files on the DVD.

The title page from the book (shown above) has a page of music from the end credits of E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, boldly signed by film composer, John Williams.

Other autograph illustrations in the book include:
Bernard Herrmann, Alex North, Miklos Rozsa,  Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin.

There are also songwriter autographs by George Gershwin, Jay Livingston, and James Van Heusen, also by lyricists: Sammy Cahn and Ira Gershwin.

The Dedication page has signed photos by two favorites of the author: Henry Mancini, and lyricist, Johnny Mercer.

Here are the contents of the book:

  • Prologue: Music Memories at the Movies
  • I. Chronology: Film Songs and Scores
  • II. Main Title and Themes: Listening to Film Music
    ---How is the song or theme used?
    songs: "Lullaby of Broadway"/"It Might As Well be Spring"/
    "The Man That Got Away"

    ---When is the song or theme employed?
    songs "They Can't Take That Away From Me"/
    "As Time Goes By"/ "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing"

    ---Where is the song or theme heard?
    songs: "Forty-Second Street"/"On the Atchison, Topeka and
    the Santa Fe"/"High Noon" (Do Not Forsake Me)"

  • III. Film Scores and Songs from Five Decades
  • IV. 100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century
  • V. Comments on Film Music
    -- Interviews with Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson
    -- The Composer as Commentator: Bernard Herrmann,
    David Raksin, Dimitri Tiomkin
    -- The Composer as Critic: Elmer Bernstein
    -- The Film Lyricist and Songwriter: Sammy Cahn and Henry Mancini
    -- The Movie Critic and Historian: David Thomson and Tony Thomas
  • VI. Film Music Awards
    -- The Academy Awards
    -- The Sammy Awards
  • VII. Bibliography: Where to Find Information
  • VIII. Discography: Recommended recordings on LP and CD
  • IX. Film Composer and Songwriter Autographs
  • X. Video Production: Bellamy's Musical Telephone
  • End Credits: About the Author

Short Play

At the end of the film music guide is a chapter showing how music can be used in a short film or play. The author describes his short play, "The Musical Telephone." This play was based on a chapter in Edward Bellamy's famous 19th century futuristic novel, Looking Backward. The novel was extremely popular in its time and has remained an important book in American literature. One of the things predicted was a "musical telephone," where listeners could hear music 24/7, similar to today's Internet radio. The music used in this play is described and several music examples are included. "The Musical telephone" is available on a separate DVD. Read more -- click here

This story would make an interesting film since it has both fantasy and socio-political elements, with criticism of excessive greed and lack of concern for the poor. Anyone interested in developing this story for a possible film write to:

Film treatment

Now with additional audio and video files for the 6th edition!

Audio albums:

"Film music on radio" -
20 tracks

"Listener's Guide to Music" - 25 tracks

"Oscar Meets Sammy -
Film Music Awards" -
25 tracks


From film score themes and songs played on radio with film music critic, Roger Hall as guest. Also included is a conversation with lyricist, Sammy Cahn [shown in picture], that the Sammy Film Music Awards are named after.



Video programs:

"The Hollywood Sountrack"-
extensive survey of film music narrated by film composer, Randy Newman.

"Memorable Movie Music" -
cable television program with guest, Roger Hall, speaking about his program on music in the movies, both scores and songs, with movie clips from SUN VALLEY SERENADE with Glenn Miller and His Orhestra and a key scene from VERTIGO with music by Bernard Herrmann.

"Preview" - cable television program with guest, Roger Hall, discussing film music by John Williams and other film composers.

About the author:

Roger Hall, is a respected film music historian and critic. He has taught film music courses in college and several adult education programs as well as lecturing widely on the subject. He has been a frequent guest on radio and on cable television and is a member of the International Film Music Critics Association. He is also an ASCAP composer.

His complete short play, "The Musical Telephone," with some of his original music, is now available separately on a DVD -- click here.






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CDs available separately
from AMRC with music and commentary


"Aaron Copland On Film Music"
(AMRC No. 0019)

16 tracks (63:51)




"Henry Mancini Radio Tributes"
(AMRC 0020)

15 tracks (67:11)

Includes a special radio tribute by Roger Hall from 1989 with some of his early music from television and movies, such as PETER GUNN and THE PINK PANTHER, plus a call-in public radio program with Henry Mancini as the guest
with some of his film music included.


"John Williams Radio Tributes"
(AMRC No. 0021)

22 tracks (78:59)

Featuring a birthday tribute by Roger Hall to John Williams with examples from a few of his early film scores; also from "A Night at the Movies" concert, and a lengthy interview with John Williams at Tanglewood in Massachusetts.

Read the 80th birthday tribute and Listener's Poll of favorite Williams film scores --

click here




"Bernard Herrmann Radio Tributes"
(AMRC No. 0022)

22 tracks (74:26)

Featuring a birthday radio tribute by Roger Hall to Bernard Herrmann with examples from a few of his film scores, like CITIZEN KANE, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, VERTIGO, and ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY










"Three Film Music Masters - Bernard Herrmann, Miklos Rozsa, John Williams"

12 tracks

Guests Miklos Rozsa and John Williams speak with Andre Previn on PBS TV, 14 Aprtil 1979. Music by Bernard Herrmann (PSYCHO), Miklos Rozsa - shown at left conducts BEN-HUR and John Williams conducts SUPERMAN. Also included is a radio tribute to film music of John Williams from 1979.


All three above CDs are available from the

American Music Recordings Collection (AMRC)




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