Only God Forgives by Cliff Martinez

Cliff Martinez 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...

Philomena by Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat 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...

Thor: The Dark World by Brian Tyler

Brian Tyler 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...

The Straight Story by Angelo Badalamenti

Angelo Badalamenti David Lynch and his regular composer Angelo Badalamenti are known for their surreal or weird movies, but The Straight Story is an optimistic experience which Badalamenti scores with simple melodies and country or blue-grass instruments. More...

The Wolverine by Marco Beltrami

Marco Beltrami 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. 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 introduces a new director and new composer to the series. Brian Tyler retains the modern rock feel of the earlier films, though his memorable main theme and pounding percussion brings an old-fashioned heroism to the series. More...

Composer Timelines

Classical Period - Composer Timelines Our Composer Timelines article has infographics mapping the main composers for the Baroque, Classical and Romantic Periods. The images can be viewed on screen, but with sufficient detail to allow printing as wall posters. More...

Tron: Legacy by Daft Punk

Daft Punk at a live show - photo by Fabio Venni Tron: Legacy is quite simply one of the most original film scores of recent years. French Electronic Duo Daft Punk have delivered a perfect fusion of synth and orchestral sounds, with some truly innovative textural soundscapes - and all this with their debut film score! 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...

Patrick Doyle: Hamlet

Patrick Doyle 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 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...

Thomas Newman: Saving Mr. Banks

Thomas Newman - composer 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...

Gravity by Steven Price

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

Rush by Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer 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...

Danny Elfman in Concert

Danny Elfman 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...

If Brahms Had Lived... Another 15 Years

Johannes Brahms - classical composer If Brahms Had Lived... is a Conjectural Obituary where author Jeffrey Dane considers what might have happened if Brahms had lived another 15 years. This fun but insightful article posits that Brahms might have visited Scandinavia and America, and composed a very different 5th Symphony! More...

Hannibal by Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer - composer Hans Zimmer's score for Hannibal takes the film series in a new direction, with some moments of cultural refinement and playful dark comedy to lighten and balance the psychological tension and the overt horror elements. More...

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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