Emilio Audissino

Emilio Audissino

Associate professor
Department of Media and Journalism Faculty of Arts and Humanities
ABW plan 2, Hus Radix, Kalmar
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Emilio Audissino is a film and media scholar, and a film musicologist. He is the author of The Film Music of John Williams. Reviving Hollywood’s Classical Style (University of Wisconsin Press, 2021, second revised and expanded edition of the 2014 book John Williams’s Film Music), the first book-length study in English on the composer, and the editor of the collection of essays John Williams. Music for Films, Television and the Concert Stage (Brepols, 2018). He has also studied film music beyond the screen, as a repertoire for concert programmes and multimedia events, and has published on this topic Film Music in Concert.

His book Film/Music Analysis. A Film Studies Approach (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) concerns a method for audiovisual analysis that blends Neoformalism and Gestalt Psychology, and a second edition has been commissioned with a 2025 publication date. He co-edited the volumes Cinema Changes: Incorporations of Jazz in the Film Soundtrack (Brepols, 2019), and The Palgrave Handbook of Music in Comedy Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan 2023) – both with Emile Wennekes (Utrecht University). His current research deals with the cinema of Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker and has already produced the first academic essays on their film and television works.


PhD, Film Studies - University of Southampton, UK

PhD, History of Visual and Performing Arts - University of Pisa, Italy

MBA, Arts Administration - Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

MA, Cinema Studies - University of Turin, Italy

BA, Arts, Music, and Drama - University of Genoa, Italy


Website: www.emilioaudissino.eu

Full Curriculum Vitae and Publications


Media Production

Sound and Music in Audiovisuals

Psychology of Music in Audiovisuals


Creative Industries

Narration Theories

Representation and Ideology

Film and Media Theory

Textual Analysis of Film and Television


Film Music History and Styles

The Film Music of John Williams

Theories of Sound in Film and Media

Film and Television History

Comedy in Film and Television

Gestalt Psychology and Audiovisual Media

Neoformalist Film Analysis

Horror Cinema

History of US Cinema and Television

History of Italian Cinema and Television


2024. Maynooth University, Music Department, Republic of Ireland: external examiner for the PhD thesis ‘Composing America: Patriotism, Mythology, and Piety in the Film Scores of John Williams’ by Conor Power.

2023. University of Nottingham, Humanities, UK: external examiner for the PhD thesis ‘Ennio Morricone’s Film Music in the Western Genre’ by Hugh Benjamin Jacob Maloney.

2023. Peer-reviewing of a film-music book for Routledge.

2022. Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy: commission to write the programme notes for John Williams’s debut concert in Italy, La Scala, Milan, 12 December 2022.

2022. University of Sidney, Arts and Social Sciences, Australia: external examiner for the PhD thesis ‘The Music-Image: Closing the Methodological Gap between Musicology and Film’ by Will Jeffery.

2022. Oxford University Press: commission to write an annotated bibliography on John Williams for the series ‘Oxford Bibliographies’, www.oxfordbibliographies.com

2022. University Press of Mississippi: endorsement for the film-music book Improvising the Score

2021. Consultant for the two John Williams concerts (including the Dutch premiere of the Scherzo and Prelude for Piano and Orchestra) by The North Netherlands Orchestra and Ralph Van Raat, Utrecht and Groningen, 3-4 February 2022.

2021. Decca Records/Universal Music Group: commission to write the booklet for the CD boxset John Williams and the Boston Pops on Philips Records.

2021. Co-organiser and member of the scientific committee of the international conference Italian Film Music, 1950s-1970s: Between Tradition, Innovation, and Internationalisation, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca, 16-17 October.

2021. Bloomsbury: book proposal review

2020. Miranda journal: peer-reviewer for a journal article.

2020. Palgrave Macmillan: consultancy for plagiarism assessment

2019. Bloomsbury Academic: endorsement for the book Representing Translation. The Representation of Translation and Translators in Contemporary Media

2019. Peer-reviewer for the journal L’avventura. International Journal of Italian Film and Media Landscapes

2019. Syllabus design: commission to write a 45-hour course on film history and production for further-education students (Liceo Scientifico G. P. Vieusseux, Imperia, Italy)

2018-2021. Palgrave Macmillan: Peer-reviewer of multiple manuscripts (Film and Music)

2018. Peer-reviewer, journal article, for the Danish film-studies journal 16:9

2018. Film-Studies member of the Scientific Committee for the 10th Music and Media Meeting, organised by the ‘Music and Media’ (MaM) Study Group of the International Musicological Society and the University of Salamanca, University of Salamanca, Spain, 13-16 June 2018.

2018. The Milan Symphony Orchestra, Italy: Commission to write the programme notes and introduction for the Williams/Spielberg Collaboration concert (5 June).

2017- .Routledge: Peer-reviewer of multiple manuscripts (Film and Music), and consultancy on the new edition of On the Track: A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring

2017. The Milan Symphony Orchestra, Italy: Commission to write the introductory text to the live-accompanied screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark (28-29 June).

2016-2018. Direction of a Commissioned Research Project. 'John Williams: Music for Film, Television, and Concert Stage': appointed by the 'Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini' as the designer of a two-year research project and coordinator of an international research team of eighteen scholar working on the diverse aspects of the work of the composer John Williams. The projected outcome has been a collection of essays published by Brepols.

2016. Member of the Scientific Committee for the conference 'When Jazz meets Cinema' (Lovere, BG, Italy, 5-7 May 2017).

2016. Peer Reviewer, journal article, Journal of Musicological Research.

2016. The Milan Symphony Orchestra, Italy: Commission to write the programme notes and introduction for the A Tribute to John Williams concerts (25-28 August).

2016. Royal College of Music, London: external member in a doctoral transfer exam panel. Research project: ‘Paracinematic Programme Music: A Reflection on Musical Narrative from the Composer’s Perspective’ (27 July).

2016. The Milan Symphony Orchestra, Italy: Commission to write the programme notes and introduction, updated with the music from The Force Awakens, for the 'Star Wars: A Musical Journey' concerts (14-17 July). Also invited as a speaker at the pre-concert talk on 14 July.

2015. Cambridge University Press: Consultancy for and revision of an English translation of an Italian article by musicologist Sergio Miceli ('Leone, Morricone and the Italian way to revisionist westerns') for the Cambridge Companion to Film Music, edited by Mervyn Cooke and Fiona Ford.

2015. The Milan Symphony Orchestra, Italy: Commission to write an introductory note to the 'Golden Age of Hollywood' concerts (20-23 August).

2015. The Milan Symphony Orchestra, Italy: Commission to write the programme notes and introduction for the 'Star Wars: A Musical Journey' concerts (3-6 September). Also invited as a speaker at the pre-concert talk on 3 September.

2014. Library of the Congress, Washington D.C., U.S.A.: Commission to write an essay on Star Wars for the 'National Recording Registry': http://www.loc.gov/programs/static/national-recording-preservation-board/documents/Star%20Wars-AUDISSINO.pdf

2012. Radio France Culture, Paris, France: consulted as a John Williams scholar for Alexandre Tylski's radio documentary ‘Steven Spielberg & John Williams – Le mage et le savant’ aired on 17 May.




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  • Audissino, E. (2023). John Williams. Oxford Bibliographies Online, Cinema and Media Studies. New York, Oxford University Press.
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