This week: inside film music

Gramophone Mon 20th February 2017

With the 89th Academy Awards ceremony approaching on Sunday, this week on the Gramophone we are focusing on music and film, with interviews and features drawn from Gramophone's archive. There are interviews with John Williams and Hans Zimmer, composers Philip Glass and John Corigliano discuss the difference between music for the cinema and the concert hall, plus there are fascinating overviews of the film music of Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone, Shostakovich, Korngold and Copland, plus much more besides. There is also an opportunity to win 'Star Wars – The Ultimate Vinyl Collection', and don't miss our 'Oscar-winning scores' playlist on Apple Music. Film Music Week starts here!

 

John Williams interview: 'It's not hard work that makes success; it's sustained hard work that makes success'

Multi-Oscar-nominated composer of film scores for the likes of Star Wars and ET, John Williams still keeps a foot in the classical camp, as Timothy Mangan finds out...

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Competition: win 'Star Wars – The Ultimate Vinyl Collection', courtesy of Sony Music

Simply answer our multiple-choice question to be in with a chance of winning this stunning 11-LP box-set...

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Ennio Morricone – my inspiration, by Hans Zimmer

One of the world’s most successful film music composers, Hans Zimmer, reflects on what makes Ennio Morricone the greatest...

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Debate: When is film music ‘classical’?

Classical composers Philip Glass and John Corigliano have both had success scoring for the big screen. They debate that relationship with Jed Distler in New York...

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Debate: was Bernard Herrmann a great composer?

John Amis, Rumon Gamba and Adrian Edwards discuss the legacy of Hitchcock’s favourite musical collaborator...

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Reputations: Bernard Herrmann

Despite his struggle for acceptance in the concert-hall, Herrmann's triumphs on the cinema screen secure him a place in the composer's pantheon, argues Nick Shave...

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Three pioneers of film music: Shostakovich, Korngold and Copland

Among the many concert hall composers seduced by cinema were Shostakovich, Korngold and Copland. Yet each brought an individual outlook and had very different experiences, relates Andrew Farach-Colton...

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My Music: Hans Zimmer

The musical passions of Hans Zimmer, and how he writes music for the cinema...

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The problem for film composers today

Richard Eyre, on the trials and tribulations of today's film composers...

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My Music: Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat on finding the balance between fiction and function...

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Top 10 classical music moments in cinema

From Brief Encounter to The Shawshank Redemption, here are the 10 greatest classical music moments in movie history...

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The art of film music – with John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and Clint Mansell

The great film composers can connect a story with our emotions but to do that, says Charlotte Smith, they embrace the genre as a collaborative art form...

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Hollywood's Super Orchestra

For all the talk of the 'top five' America orchestras, it was a Hollywood studio that gave birth to one of the greatest of them all, writes Adrian Edwards...

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La valse du cinéma

Les Six, together with Saint-Saëns and Ravel, laid the musical foundations for French cinema, which remains unique to this day, writes Gary Dalkin...

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Apple Music playlist: Oscar-winning scores

A hand-picked selection of Academy Award-winning soundtracks - from the 1940s to today

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