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...

Christmas Music and Carols

Here is a small selection of our Christmas Songs. For the full list of carols for piano, guitar and other instruments see Christmas Music and Carols:

Horror Music and Halloween

Pumpkin Face for Halloween With Halloween just around the corner it's time to visit the dark side of music. Our article Horror in Music gives an overview of the wide range of music used by composers to invoke the macabre. And here are examples of dark music to play and download: 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...

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...

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 looks 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...

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...

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...

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