Reviews

Richard Hageman : From Holland to Hollywood

“In contrast to other European émigrés who composed concert hall and Hollywood film-scores - like Erich Korngold and Miklós Rózsa - the musical careers of Dutch-American Richard Hageman have been gathering dust in the shadows - until this book. Solidly researched across two continents and waggishly correcting the 'feigned-casual' accounts of Hageman himself - this impressive study finally gives the Oscar-winning composer the spotlight he deserves. Happy endings, take note!”

Caryl Flinn, Professor, Film-Television-Media, University of Michigan

“Richard Hageman remains a cherished but forgotten chapter in the history of American music. With this new in-depth scholarship brilliantly offered by Nico de Villiers, Kathryn Kalinak and Asing Walthaus, Richard Hageman: From Holland to Hollywood explores the cultural history of the beginning of the 20th century through the prodigious and sought after creative talent of Richard Hageman. A welcome journey for music lovers, performers and history buffs alike.”

Thomas Hampson, World-renowned Baritone

How the West was Sung : Music in The Westerns of John Ford

“Kalinak artfully weaves the history and pedigree of nearly every tune [in] Ford’s Westerns . . . with their social and cultural meanings.” Notes, 6th July 2010  

“Thoroughly researched and well-written. . . . Illuminating.”

American Studies Journal, 14th July 2010

"How the West Was Sung is beautifully written, judiciously argued, and thoroughly researched. Even if you have a tin ear, Kathryn Kalinak will have you hearing Ford's Westerns in an entirely new way. This brilliant book represents a complete rethinking of films we thought we already knew."

Krin Gabbard, author of Black Magic: White Hollywood and African American Culture