Václav Trojan: Music Composition in Czech Animated Films

1st Edition

Marco Bellano

CRC Press
Published August 27, 2019
Reference - 180 Pages
ISBN 9780815358527 - CAT# K346669
Series: Focus Animation

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This book explores the Czech composer Václav Trojan (1907-1983) and his compositions for Jiri Trnka's films, a very influential puppet stop-motion animator. Trnka is regarded as one of the finest outcomes of Czech art in the aftermath of the Second World War and inspiration for contemporary directors like Tim Burton and companies such as Aardman or Laika. Trojan's music for animation sets a great artistic model in European animation, at least as meaningful as Carl Stalling's music for Warner Bros. cartoons in the USA. Trojan was an eclectic artist, which encompassed folk songs, jazz and blues influences, neoclassical symphonic and chamber works, opera and more.

Key Features:

  • A historical overview of the origins and early development of Czech animation
  • Biographical sketches and stylistic outline of both Trnka and Trojan
  • An audiovisual analysis of all the available Trnka films Trojan wrote music for
  • Filmography and bibliography