Dakota Chronicle

Leonard Bernstein Leonard Bernstein spent the last 16 years of his life staying at an apartment in a New York City building called the Dakota. In Dakota Chronicle Jeffrey Dane recalls a visit to this residence, at an event supported by the composer's son Alexander Bernstein. More...

The Book Thief by John Williams

John Williams: The Book Thief - soundtrack CD cover For World War II drama The Book Thief, John Williams delivers a typically classy and elegant score. Though the music is not instantly memorable in melodic terms as per "Schindler's List", it nevertheless brims with a sense of sadness and desperation, while conveying a quiet defiance. More...

Patrick Doyle: Hamlet

Patrick Doyle: Hamlet - soundtrack CD cover Continuing our look at composer Patrick Doyle's Shakespearean scores for Kenneth Branagh, we turn to the Bard's most famous play. Hamlet is special even by Doyle's standards, and it beautifully expresses the tragic nature and epic scope of Shakespeare's masterpiece. More...

Patrick Doyle: Much Ado About Nothing

Patrick Doyle: Much Ado About Nothing - soundtrack CD cover Patrick Doyle's collaborations with the director Kenneth Branagh have resulted in many excellent film scores. This week we look at their 1993 film of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing which is brim full of melodic invention and infectious good humour. Hey Nonny, Nonny! More...

The Composer and God by Jeffrey Dane

Brahms' arrival in Heaven by Otto Böhler The Church has had a huge influence on the development of music. Although classical music became largely secular during the 18th century, composers continued to be inspired by their beliefs. In The Composer and God Jeffrey Dane explores this ongoing relationship. More...

Philomena by Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: Philomena - soundtrack CD cover Alexandre Desplat's score for Philomena features a remarkable plethora of well-integrated ideas, striking an emotional balance between the overly syrupy and the completely detached, and well-deserving its oscar nomination. More...

Thomas Newman: Saving Mr. Banks

Thomas Newman: Saving Mr. Banks - soundtrack CD cover Thomas Newman's charmingly nostalgic score for Saving Mr. Banks deftly skips around the Mary Poppins songs, and provides a wonderful counterpoint to the character-driven story which centres around the relationship between Tom Hanks' Walt Disney and Emma Thompson's wonderful portrayal of Poppins author P. L. Travers. More...

Best Film Scores of 2013

Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil: Cloud Atlas - soundtrack album cover 2013 was another good year for film music with many great soundtracks and albums to choose from. Having listened to many of these during the past 12 months, here is our summary of the Top 10 Film Scores of the year. There are certainly some surprises here. More...

Thor: The Dark World by Brian Tyler

Brian Tyler - Thor: The Dark World - soundtrack CD cover Hot on the heels of "Iron Man 3" composer Brian Tyler returns to the Marvel fold to score Thor: The Dark World. A superhero with a powerful hammer demands an heroic main theme with pounding percussion, but the score is nicely balanced with themes for Loki and Malekith. More...

Rush by Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer: Rush - soundtrack CD cover For all its fast cars, Ron Howard's Rush is ultimately a movie about the relationship between two rival drivers. Hans Zimmer does his trademark fusion of electronica (and electric guitars) with orchestral music, but his experience on character dramas finds the movie's human core. More...

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Danny Elfman in Concert

Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton - pic1 If you like Danny Elfman (and who doesn't?) then you will love his concert series Music from the Films of Tim Burton. The shows features new suites from 14 of his film scores, and Elfman himself is excellent singing songs from his wonderful "The Nightmare Before Christmas". More...

A Renaissance Man in France

Mystery French Composer Who is the mystery French composer? In A Renaissance Man in France, author Jeffrey Dane presents us with a number of clues: he had a wide range of interests, visited the USA, composed a film score, organist,... More...

Only God Forgives by Cliff Martinez

Cliff Martinez: Only God Forgives - soundtrack CD cover Closely mirroring the film's hellish, infernal blend of vengeance, oedipal drama and bizarre fairy tale, composer Cliff Martinez' score for Only God Forgives provides a compelling, diverse soundscape, which moves from dark dissonance to lush romanticism in a heartbeat. More...

Gravity by Steven Price

Steven Price: Gravity - soundtrack CD cover With its emphasis on spectacular 3D visual effects, simple plot and small cast, Gravity needs an unusual film score, and composer Steven Price delivers this with style. His score is part sound design with avant guarde leanings, the music evolves from stark isolation to an emotional finale. More...

The Straight Story by Angelo Badalamenti

Angelo Badalamenti: The Straight Story - soundtrack CD cover David Lynch and regular partner Angelo Badalamenti are both known for their surreal weird movies, but The Straight Story is an uplifting experience with composer Badalamenti using simple melodies and blue-grass instruments. More...

The Wolverine by Marco Beltrami

Marco Beltrami: The Wolverine - soundtrack CD cover Marco Beltrami works again for James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) on The Wolverine, creating a slow-burner of a score. At times dark and moody with a sprinkling of Japanese influences, it rewards the patient listener in the final set of tracks. More...

The Secret of NIMH by Jerry Goldsmith

Jerry Goldsmith: The Secret of N.I.M.H. - soundtrack CD cover The Secret of N.I.M.H. was the first animated feature of composer Jerry Goldsmith. Instead of scoring it as a kid's movie, he treated the subject like any live action drama. This masterstroke changed industry perceptions of the genre. More...

Dvorak: Largo (New World Symphony)

Antonin Dvorak The Largo from Dvorak's New World Symphony has been relaxing people for years, frequently used on TV to accompany homely, rural and nostalgic scenes. Here is the Largo (from his 9th Symphony) in different arrangements with sheet music scores and parts, plus midi & mp3 downloads:

Iron Man 3 by Brian Tyler

Brian Tyler: Iron Man 3 - soundtrack CD cover Iron Man 3 brings a fresh director and composer to the series. Brian Tyler keeps the modern rock feel of the earlier films, but his memorable main theme and pounding percussion injects the latest film with old-fashioned heroism. More...

More Ragtime by Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin photograph Here are two more piano rags by Scott Joplin the King of Ragtime, including "Peacherine Rag" and "The Cascades which Joplin composed for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Each rag can be downloaded as sheet music, midi or mp3 files.

Grieg: Morning Mood from Peer Gynt

Edvard Grieg - Portrait Edvard Grieg's Suites from "Peer Gynt" include some of the most recognisable works in classical music. Here are different versions of his "Morning Mood" with each version including sheet music (score/parts), midi and mp3 files:

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