Brian Tyler: The Mummy

Brian Tyler: The Mummy - album cover Whatever you think of the movie, The Mummy's music score by Brian Tyler really benefits being separated from the noisy aural gloop. As a standalone score this not only displays Tyler's trademark 'big' sound but also that he has a strong handle on musical subtlety, seeing the Dark Universe series off to a fine musical start. More...

Mozart's Horn Concerto No.4

Mozart portrait Mozart's 4th Horn Concerto is his most famous, particularly the 3rd movement "Rondo" which will remind listeners that today's orchestral french horn was developed from hunting horns. The main theme uses intervals similar to hunting horns while the tempo and rhythm are reminiscent of a gallop. These links provide the sheet music (with all parts) plus mp3 and midi files for this 3rd movement in two different versions:

Legrand: Piano & Cello Concertos

Michel Legrand: Piano and Cello Concertos - album cover Like many old school film composers, Michel Legrand also writes concert music and an album of his Piano and Cello Concertos has recently been released. The cellist is Henri Demarquette with the composer himself on the piano. John Caps gives his assessment of the album. More...

A Cure for Wellness by B. Wallfisch

Benjamin Wallfisch: A Cure for Wellness - original motion picture score A Cure for Wellness from director Gore Verbinski is a mash-up of every lunatic asylum movie ever made. But composer Benjamin Wallfisch has put a lot of thought into the score, using both melodic and harmonic constructs to engross the listener in a captivating, Gothic soundscape. More...

Elle by Anne Dudley

Anne Dudley: Elle - film score album cover Given the formidable legacy (from Poledouris to Goldsmith) of strong scores for Paul Verhoeven movies, Anne Dudley's score for Elle has a lot to life up to. Yet her score for Elle is another firm indication that she is one of film music's finest orchestral storytellers. More...

Jackie by Mica Levi

Mica Levi: Jackie - original motion picture score As with her previous film, Mica Levi's score for Jackie truly gets Under the Skin in remarkably effective ways. For unconventional movies like this, Levi is clearly able to think outside of the box and the result is experimental yet bold and fresh. More...

Rogue One by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - film score album cover Following production delays it fell to Michael Giacchino to write the first non-John Williams Star Wars feature score in only a month. That he pulled off this formidable task on Rogue One is a sign of his undoubted skill, professionalism and ability to work under fierce studio pressure. More...

La La Land by Justin Hurwitz et al.

Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul: La La Land - original motion picture soundtrack (songs and score) La La Land is a full-blooded dramatic experience that interweaves exceptional songs and melodies to fill cinemagoers with a profound happiness. It's that rarest of soundtracks capable of appealing to both cine-literate score fans and casual listeners alike. More...

Nocturnal Animals by Abel Korzeniowki

Abel Korzeniowki: Nocturnal Animals - film score album cover Director Tom Ford's wickedly devious Nocturnal Animals is the ideal canvas on which composer Abel Korzeniowski can paint. His soundtrack conceals sly nuances that embellish the film's narrative, making it one of 2016's most accomplished and successful film scores. Highly recommended! More...

Fantastic Beasts by James N. Howard

James Newton Howard: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - film score album cover The Harry Potter series has already featured a who's-who of film composers, from John Williams to Patrick Doyle through Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, James Newton Howard honours that legacy but also establishes a charming sense of tonal whimsy and enchantment clad in his own distinct style. More...

Laurence Rosenthal 90th birthday toast

Laurence Rosenthal As he approaches his 90th birthday, we celebrate the remarkable career of Laurence Rosenthal. John Caps pays tribute to the composer's multifaceted career in the realms of film, television, theater, and concert music resulting in an ASCAP Life in Music Award, two Oscar nominations, Golden Globe nods and a bunch of Emmy wins. More...

Magnificent Seven - Horner & Franglen

James Horner and Simon Franglen: The Magnificent Seven - film score album cover While The Magnificent Seven is a fitting testament to the late James Horner, it also highlights the work of Simon Franglen whose beautifully crafted tapestry pays tribute to Horner, honouring his characteristic flourishes whilst simultaneously acknowledging the work of Elmer Bernstein and lending a sense of modern day scoring bravado. More...

Dunkirk by Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer: Dunkirk - film score album cover Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is an overwhelming, extraordinary filmmaking achievement. Hans Zimmer's score works superbly within the movie creating an astonishing wall of noise in conjunction with the sound effects, though as a standalone experience the music hardly makes for a casual listen. More...

Sergei Rachmaninoff - G minor Prelude

Sergei Rachmaninoff Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Russian born composer and pianist who later settled in the US. Among his works for piano solo are a total of 24 preludes one in each major and minor key. Here is the G minor prelude Op.23 No.5 in a variety of formats:

Get Out by Michael Abels

Michael Abels: Get Out - film score album cover Get Out is a complex, demanding film needing an equally complex score, that's both in on the satire and capable of scaring the listener senseless. Michael Abels' score is one of the most varied, unusual and inventive horror soundtracks of recent years, drawing on a host of musical styles and tones and fusing them all together superbly. More...

Michel Legrand at 85

Michel Legrand The composer Michel Legrand shows little sign of slowing down, and will give 85 concerts in 2017 to mark his 85th birthday. John Caps touches upon some interesting anecdotes in Legrand's career from his time studying with Nadia Boulanger, through his Jazz influences to some highly distinctive film scores. More...

Oscar Sings: History and Hysteria

oscar statuette Amid all the hysteria about the oscar ceremony, John Caps takes a light-hearted look back at the history of the Best Song Oscar. Its fashions and fads change just as often as the acceptance speeches, politics and jokes, but some aspects have been remarkably consistent over time as The History and Hysteria of Academy Award-winning Songs teases out. More...

With film composer David Amram

David Amram Iconic film composer David Amram is an 86 year old power house classical, jazz, and motion picture composer and among the last of a remarkable breed. In this article film historian Steve Vertlieb shares his experience of meeting up with the legendary composer. More...

Best Film Scores of 2016

Clint Mansell: High Rise - album cover 2016 has seen remakes, and sequels and new entries in existing universes, and it has also seen its fair share of some unique adaptations and original screenplays. Musically too we have heard some familiar themes and remixes, and a whole host of original music from pure electronic to orchestral and a full spectrum in between. So here is our review of the Best Film Scores of 2016. More...

Class of '67: Film Music 50 years ago

Lalo Schifrin: Cool Hand Luke - image 1 It's easy to say that film music today is no match for the golden age of cinema, so author John Caps takes an analytic approach. As we near 2017, his article Class of '67: Film Music 50 years ago considers how a new year of film music in 2017 might compare to a selection of film scores from 50 years ago in 1967. More...

The Light Between Oceans - A. Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: The Light Between Oceans - film score album cover The Light Between Oceans is the story of a married couple whose lives are turned upside down by a single, life-changing decision. Alexandre Desplat's score for the film is beautifully nuanced and intelligently constructed, taking the listener on a clearly defined journey from romance through heartbreak and despair to eventual salvation. More...

Doctor Strange by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino: Doctor Strange - film score album cover Doctor Strange is another Marvel origin story featuring a classy cast led by Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, but composer Michael Giacchino's rich instrumentation has plenty of memorable nuances which play to the quirky on-screen mix of Eastern mysticism and Western psychadelics. More...

The Neon Demon by Cliff Martinez

Cliff Martinez: The Neon Demon - film score album cover Director Refn's eccentric and surrealistic approach on The Neon Demon offers bountiful opportunity for composer Cliff Martinez to craft a striking and rich soundscape in his music. The result is a unique and beautifully crafted tapestry that makes for one of the most singular soundtrack experiences of 2016. More...

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