Sheet Music for Christmas Carols

Christmas Snowman with Guitar It's time to start practicing those Christmas Songs again, so check out our range of Christmas Carols. These are all available as arrangements for piano or organ, and many other instruments. Our latest addition is a wonderful guitar arrangement of "Jingle Bells" by Glenn Jarrett:

The Witches of Eastwick - John Williams

John Williams: The Witches of Eastwick - film score soundtrack album cover In our second review for this Halloween, we look at the fabulous music score for The Witches of Eastwick. Though not typical of John Williams' output, it displays the composer's versatility. Like Jack Nicholson, Williams seems to delight in his dark side, and plays things larger than life. More...

Far From Heaven by Elmer Bernstein

Elmer Bernstein: Far From Heaven - film score soundtrack album cover Far From Heaven in 2002 was one of Elmer Bernstein's last film scores. With a modern subject matter, the film harks back in style to the 1950s and Bernstein's pitch perfect score marks the end of an outstanding career and the end of an era for film music. More...

Chinatown by Jerry Goldsmith

Jerry Goldsmith: Chintown - soundtrack CD cover When he passed 10 years ago, Jerry Goldsmith left the world with a wonderful legacy of film score masterpieces. Composed in only 10 days, Chinatown is one of the very best, with its haunting yet doomed love theme, and a vivid sense of corruption in 1930s Los Angeles. More...

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Joel McNeely: A Million Ways to Die in the West - film score soundtrack album cover A Million Ways to Die in the West is one of the biggest recent scores by composer Joel McNeely. The composer rises to the challenge with a straight yet fun score in the best traditions of the genre, referencing the great Western composers such as Bernstein and Morricone. More...

Transcendence by Mychael Danna

Mychael Danna: Transcendence - film score soundtrack album cover The score for Transcendence by composer Mychael Danna should have a much longer shelf-life than the movie. Its rich mixture of electronic and orchestral elements is a textbook example of how to combine the two disciplines with intelligence and subtlety. More...

Godzilla by Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: Godzilla - soundtrack CD cover While Alexandre Desplat's Godzilla has a human side and is well aware of its heritage, it is literally monstrous. Using a huge orchestra to build ominous tension, it rises in massive crescendos before erupting in monumental musical statements accompanied by spine-tingling choir. More...

The Grand Budapest Hotel by Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: The Grand Budapest Hotel - soundtrack CD cover As we anticipate his blockbuster score for "Godzilla", let's examine Alexandre Desplat's quirkier side with his music for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. The music is whimsical and nostalgic with East European instrumentation suiting the movie to a tee. More...

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...

The Homesman - Marco Beltrami

Marco Beltrami: The Homesman - film score soundtrack album cover Composer Marco Beltrami matches the vision of director Tommy Lee Jones by looking at a traditional genre The Western in a new way. The Homesman (both film and score) merges the harshness of the American Landscape with the spirit of the people who had to establish themselves within it. More...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Tyler

Brian Tyler: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - soundtrack CD cover Though the movie may have been lacking, Brian Tyler's score for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is deliciously over the top as though to compensate. The composer manages to extract a sense of fun and wonder out of a frankly duff film. More...

Mimic by Marco Beltrami

Marco Beltrami: Mimic - film score soundtrack CD cover As we approach halloween, let's take a fresh listen to an early score by a modern master of the horror genre, Marco Beltrami. His music for Mimic easily delivers on the scares while providing an intelligent mix of thematic and rhythmic ideas. More...

John Powell: How to Train Your Dragon 2

John Powell: How to Train Your Dragon 2 - soundtrack CD cover Expectations were high after the success of John Powell's score to "How to Train Your Dragon". It's therefore wonderful to report that How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a fine follow-up, building on the original's strengths while introducing a host of new ideas. It all adds up to a rich canvas of music that effortlessly conveys the film's narrative. More...

Film Sheet Music - new releases

Music From The Hitchcock Films - sheet music book cover Among some excellent new releases of Film Sheet Music for piano are music from George Fenton's "Planet" series, Music From The Hitchcock Films by Bernard Herrmann and others, "Great Movie Concerti", "Eric Coates: 100th Anniversary" and individual films including "The Book Thief", "Frozen", "Star Trek Into Darkness", "Sherlock" and Randy Newman's fun "The Monsters Collection". More...

Maleficent by James Newton Howard

James Newton Howard: Maleficent - film score soundtrack album cover Maleficent is a welcome return to the fantasy genre for composer James Newton Howard, who has crafted a film score which is orchestrally rich and laced with multi-faceted choral work. The contrasting moods and themes have a hidden depth to be savoured with repeated listening. More...

Felix Mendelssohn: Facility and Mastery

Felix Mendelssohn - portrait In Facility and Mastery regular contributor Jeffrey Dane explores the talents of Felix Mendelssohn. If his position in the history of music is not as astral as that of other composers, he's still a central figure of his era and occupies an important place alongside his predecessors and peers. More...

Basic Instinct by Jerry Goldsmith

Jerry Goldsmith: Basic Instinct - soundtrack CD cover In Basic Instinct Sharon Stone played the teasing temptress. Equally memorable is the sultry music score by Jerry Goldsmith. The soundtrack captures the contradictions in her beautiful yet dangerous character, to create a classic score of the erotic thriller genre. 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...

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