God of War by Bear McCreary

Bear McCreary Everything about the God of War game score is gorgeous, enthralling choral elements with a wonderful soloist, well-chosen instrumentation, and an exquisite set of melodies. Somehow Bear McCreary's music turns a mythical world into something totally believable. More...

Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman

Marc Shaiman Mary Poppins Returns ticks all the right boxes in this vibrant sequel to the 1964 film. Composer Marc Shaiman delivers on the Score and Songs, with lyrics co-written by Scott Wittman. His musical extravaganza delivers all the fun and magic with a large Spoonful of Sugar. More...

Into the Spider-Verse by Dan. Pemberton

Daniel Pemberton That Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is doing so well at the box-office and animation awards, is at least partly down to the film score by Daniel Pemberton. This brings the DJ turntable into film music like never before - highly recommended. More...

Michel Legrand (1932-2019)

Michel Legrand With deepest regret we report the death of Michel Legrand. The breadth of his talent included Jazz Musician (with Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Bill Evans), Songwriter (The Windmills of Your Mind, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?) and film composer (Ice Station Zebra, Never Say Never Again). Read our obituary by John Caps.

Ralph Breaks the Internet by H. Jackman

Henry Jackman Ralph Breaks the Internet continues the adventures of Ralph and Vanellope, as they leap from their arcade world into the Internet. Returning composer Henry Jackman delivers a great score, blending his solid orchestral foundation with game music electronica and some further music treats! More...

Humans Series 2 & 3 by Sarah Warne

Sarah Warne Taking over from "Cristo" who scored Series 1 and created the theme music, composer Sarah Warne has continued to provide incidental music for the TV drama Humans Series 2 & 3 in the same genre, with electronic music being the perfect way to accompany android "synths" with very human emotions. More...

Philippe Sarde, the Enigma

Philippe Sarde French composer Philippe Sarde will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award this month at Film Fest Gent. The event has prompted author John Caps to investigate his approach to orchestration in the article Philippe Sarde: the Enigma. More...

Incredibles 2 by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino We've waited 14 years for a sequel to Pixar animation The Incredibles, and its engaging film score from composer Michael Giacchino. Now that Incredibles 2 is on general release, how does its music compare with the original movie? More...

Liszt's Liebestraum No.3 for Piano

Franz Liszt Franz Liszt is best known as a pianist and composer of piano music, but he was very influential as a composer and musician. Among his solo piano works is a set of 3 Liebestraum of which No.3 is the best known and available here in 2 versions (each including sheet music, midi, mp3 & video):

Bach: Some shorter works

Johann Sebastian Bach playing the Organ Here are some shorter, less well-known works by Bach. From his Lute Suite in E minor BWV996, the Bourrée is very adaptable and can be played on Piano, Guitar or as a Duet. His Little Prelude in C minor BWV999 is not one of his 48 Preludes & Fugues but similar in concept, and well suited to either Piano or Guitar. Each of these versions has sheet music, midi & mp3 files available:

Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat Isle of Dogs is an unconventional stop-motion animation by Wes Anderson, and the director turns again to Alexandre Desplat for an equally eccentric score. As with Fantastic Mr. Fox, Desplat's music delights in quirky instrumentation, in this case including taiko drums reflecting the Japanese setting. More...

Dumbo by Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman For Tim Burton's reimaging of Disney classic Dumbo, the soundtrack has predictably remained true to the original songs, but composer Danny Elfman's film score is thoroughly well crafted giving many musical moments to enjoy. More...

The Music of Max Richter

Max Richter John Caps takes a look at the music of Max Richter and finds some commonalities among his music for different media, which includes film scores, music for stage and ballet, and a number of unusual concert pieces. More...

Franz Schubert's Ständchen (Serenade)

Franz Schubert Franz Schubert composed more than 600 songs in total, though "Ständchen" (or Serenade) was published after his death as part of a collection called "Swan Song" by the publisher. We include the original song and various instrumental arrangements:

Mary Queen of Scots by Max Richter

Max Richter Mary Queen of Scots tells the story of the power struggle between the Scottish Queen and her cousin, England's Queen Elizabeth I. The film score by Max Richter speaks not only of regal majesty but also of love and violence set amidst troubling times. More...

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony (No.6)

Ludwig van Beethoven Beethoven's 6th Symphony in F is called the Pastoral since it's all about the countryside. The 1st movement sets the scene musically by describing the peace and tranquility after arriving in the countryside. Here is the first movement in different formats, orchestral score and sheet music parts, mp3 file and midi file:

Scraper: First Strike by Winifred Phillips

Winifred Phillips Scraper: First Strike is the first in a planned series of 5 VR games. The soundtrack by award-winning composer Winifred Phillips captures the game's Cyberpunk feel together with its diverse gameplay from sci-tech atmospheres during RPG exploration to full blown shooter action. More...

Salvo Scores

Alexandre Desplat In his article Salvo Scores subtitled "Apprenticeship of Film Composers" John Caps identifies those film scores which mark a significant transition in the career of film composers, the film title that publicly jump-starts their careers even though they may have been scoring films for some time beforehand. More...

Haydn: Symphony No.88 in G major

Joseph Haydn Joseph Haydn has 104 numbered symphonies to his name. The Symphony No.88 in G major falls between his "Paris" Symphonies and "London" ones, and one of his better known. Here is the first movement in different formats, full orchestral score and parts, mp3 file or midi file:

Ocean's 8 by Daniel Pemberton

Daniel Pemberton Following an 11 year gap, the ocean franchise continues with Ocean's 8 featuring an all female gang and a daring heist. Composer Daniel Pemberton provides the good-humoured and engaging music in a jazz lounge style, chillout but with a propulsive energy! More...

Interview with Rachel Portman

Rachel Portman John Caps interviews Rachel Portman covering her music both for the Stage and the Screen. The wide-ranging discussion touches on the composer's experiences with a range of projects such as "The Human Stain", "Oliver Twist" for Roman Polanski, and the Opera "The Little Prince". More...

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