Doyle: Murder on the Orient Express

Patrick Doyle: Murder on the Orient Express - film score album cover Patrick Doyle has worked with Kenneth Branagh many times since 1989. Murder on the Orient Express is their latest collaboration, and Doyle's score works well in the film with ethnic touches, action music, jazz cues, a strong lyrical element and a song performed by Michelle Pfeiffer. More...

Suburbicon by Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: Suburbicon - film score album cover It's a shame that few will hear Alexandre Desplat's excellent score for Suburbicon will given its critical and commercial panning. It is resplendent in the composer's characteristic mannerisms whilst also serving its slippery, troubling movie brilliantly - a darkly comic score that both carves out its own highly entertaining territory. More...

Final on Vinyl?

David Whitaker: Run Wild, Run Free - film score album cover There are a number of film scores previously out on vinyl which have yet to receive a CD release. Our article Final on Vinyl? lists 4 albums that record labels need to get these on their release schedule now! More...

IT by Benjamin Wallfisch

Benjamin Wallfisch: IT - film score album cover Presented as a double CD the film score for IT by Benjamin Wallfisch is built from several strands. There is the scary aspect full of unsettling weirdness, the theme for Pennywise based on oranges and lemons, and more conventional music for the characters and setting. Happy Halloween! More...

The Red Turtle by Laurent Perez del Mar

Laurent Perez del Mar: The Red Turle - film score album cover It's a rare pleasure when one discovers a stunning score from a relatively unknown composer. The Red Turtle is that score, the sort of lushly thematic and orchestrally robust treat that earmarks Laurent Perez Del Mar as a serious talent to watch. This album is highly recommended. More...

Giacchino: War for the Planet of the Apes

Michael Giacchino: War for the Planet of the Apes - film score album cover It's astonishing to see the status that Michael Giacchino now commands in Hollywood. He is a bastion of robust thematic integrity and powerful melody and orchestration. War for the Planet of the Apes is another tremendous score on that journey, intelligently scored, gritty and emotional in the manner of the old masters. More...

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...

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...

Beethoven: Sonatas and Arrangements

Beethoven Portrait In total Beethoven composed 32 Piano Sonatas and 10 Violin Sonatas. However his most famous works are often converted into music for other instruments. Here are some famous piano sonatas, some arranged for different instruments, and also a sample from his first violin sonata. You can see the sheet music score and download the parts:

Best Film Scores of 2017

John Williams- Star Wars: The Last Jedi - album cover A preponderance of rising musical stars made their mark this year, further refuting the oft-held opinion that there's no creativity or spark left in film music anymore. Couple this with a strong showing from soundtrack veterans like John Williams and 2017 proved to be another dynamic, exciting and colourful year. Here are our Best Film Scores of 2017. More...

The Shape of Water - Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: The Shape of Water - film score album cover Despite the apparently simple story The Shape of Water is a complex movie with many facets and layers. Alexandre Desplat's music is instrumentally diverse, narratively appropriate, romantic, terrifying, exciting and otherwordly, serving the movie well and also standing on its own as a rich listening experience. More...

Breathe by Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney: Breathe - film score album cover Breathe is an inspirational movie drama based on the true story of Robin Cavendish (played by Andrew Garfield). The music by Nitin Sawhney follows the story arc with its ups and downs, but remains warm and retains focus on Cavendish's courage and enduring legacy. More...

Jerry Goldsmith's Walk of Fame

Jerry Goldsmith's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Earlier this year the composer Jerry Goldsmith received a posthumous Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. To mark that event John Caps takes a look at the composer's career and legacy. As part of Jerry's Walk of Fame Caps identifies three specific ingredients that can be found in Goldsmith's best film scores. More...

New Sheet Music for Guitar

Francisco Tarrega Here's some new sheet music for Guitar including 2 pieces by Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909), often considered to be the "Father of Classical Guitar". The other 2 pieces are by Luis Narváez and "Anonymous" and all the works include midi & mp3 files in addition to PDF Sheet Music:

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...

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