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Thomas Newman: Finding Nemo

Thomas Newman: Finding Nemo - film score album cover We head back to 2003 for Thomas Newman's first animated feature. With its quirky gestures and uniquely stylistic orchestrations, Finding Nemo established the composer firmly in this genre, and he went on score a further two films for Pixar. More...


Alexandre Desplat: Little Women

Alexandre Desplat: Little Women - film score album cover Alexandre Desplat's score for Little Women is wholesome and speaks from the heart with a simple innocence. The tone and orchestral palette are consistent throughout, but Desplat rarely repeats himself and instead provides a constant source of invention. More...

Hildur Guðnadóttir: Oscar for Joker

Hildur Guðnadóttir: Joker - film score album cover Congratulations to Hildur Guðnadóttir on the Oscar for her score to "Joker", adding to her Golden Globe and BAFTA wins. The composer recently scored the TV series "Chernobyl" and the film "Sicario: Day Of The Soldado", sequel to "Sicario" on which she performed the cello solos for the late Jóhann Jóhannsson. More...

Choral Quarrels - Choral Music in Films?

Sergei Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky - album cover Choral Quarrels - where composers and directors may have different views... In his latest article, John Caps investigates the dangers of choral music in films with many historic examples of the successes, near misses and potential failures. More...

The Nightmare Before Christmas, Live Concert

Danny Elfman's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Live in Concert - poster Tim Burton's Nightmare before Christmas: Live in Concert is now touring the UK. It features the music, songs and voice of Danny Elfman with many of the original cast and special guests. If you're a fan of the film or the composer, this show is not to be missed and comes highly recommended. More...

Two Striking Films - article by John Caps

Jocelyn Pook: King Charles III - film score album cover The article Two Striking Films includes reviews of two recent film scores - "Under the Silver Lake" by Disasterpeace (Rich Vreeland) and "King Charles III" by Jocelyn Pook. The article's author John Caps asks Is This Post-Millennial Scoring? More...

Good Omens by David Arnold

David Arnold: Good Omens - TV score album cover The TV Series of Good Omens has a lot to live up to in terms of fan expectation. However David Arnold's music turns out to be an essential part of the result, delivering superb musical humour and characterisation. More...

Henry Mancini anniversary

Henry Mancini This month (June 2019) it will be 25 years since the passing of composer Henry Mancini. To mark this Henry Mancini anniversary, his biographer John Caps examines his considerable legacy and identifies the 3 key ingredients of his fame and success. More...

God of War by Bear McCreary

Bear McCreary: God of War - game score album cover 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...

John Williams: Alone at the Top

John Williams Based in part on correspondence with the composer, John Caps takes an in-depth look at the early career of John Williams: his musical education, early experiences as a jazz pianist, and the various influences which set him on course to become the superlative film score composer we all admire. More...

Dracula by Arnold and Price

David Arnold and Michael Price: Dracula - TV score album cover This Dracula score is largely orchestral and paints a charged gothic atmosphere of the strange and mysterious, with occasional scares and bursts of action. It is another fine and highly enjoyable score from the established composer partnership of David Arnold and Michael Price. More...

Marco Beltrami: Music for Film

Marco Beltrami: Music for Film - album cover Released as part of Film Fest Gent, Music for Film showcases the music of Marco Beltrami with suites from his scores. These demonstrate his superb orchestration and use of sound - the album's cover may be black and white, but the musical contents are full of colour. More...

David Copperfield by Christopher Willis

Christopher Willis: The Personal History of David Copperfield - film score album cover Christopher Willis has concocted a sumptuous score for Iannucci's The Personal History of David Copperfield. Its splendidly neoclassical music pays homage to the styles of a range of British composers, while also celebrating the richness of Dickens' novel. More...

Doctor Who Series 11 by Segun Akinola

Segun Akinola: Doctor Who Series 11 - double album cover With Doctor Who Series 12 due to screen on New Year's Day, we look back at Segun Akinola's music for Series 11. This showcases his first series as composer for the Doctor Who Music, with a distinct new approach to the show's long-standing Theme and incidental music. More...

The Ribbon by Jonathan Galland

Jonathan Galland: The Ribbon - film score album cover The Ribbon is an animated short which has done incredibly well on the festival circuit. The score by composer Jonathan Galland has also garnered a string of awards and deservedly so, taking the film through an emotional roller-coaster in the space of a few minutes. More...

Dumbo by Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman: Dumbo - film score album cover 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: White Boy Rick - album cover 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...

Into the Spider-Verse by Dan. Pemberton

Daniel Pemberton - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - film score album cover 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.

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