ITL #2: Does Film Music Count?

Chris and Sridhar discuss whether or not film music counts as classical music, the relationship between opera and film, “silent” films, iconic scores, what we can learn about film as a novel art form, composers who straddle the classical and film composition worlds, great director/composer collaborations, “the greatest ghost story ever told”, and they both watch the documentary “Score”.


Honk It’s My Birthday

“Grizzly Man” soundtrack

Richard Thompson in “Grizzly Man” recording session

The Lumière Brothers: first films

“Hook” soundtrack

“2001: A Space Odyssey” opening

Nino Rota: “The Godfather” composer

“The Godfather” opening trumpet solo

Godfather music machine at House on the Rock

Rota’s Sonata for Flute & Harp

Mickey Mousing

“Metropolis” full movie

Paramount Studio Map of Potential Film Shooting Locations in California

“Blue Skies” from “The Jazz Singer”

Arnold Schoenberg


Max Steiner: “Casablanca” composer

“Casablanca” Suite

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Korngold’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in E Major

Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major played by Gil Shaham

Franz Waxman: “Rebecca” composer

A scene from Rebecca showcasing Waxman’s score

Korngold: “The Sea Hawk” Overture

John Williams: “Star Wars” Main Theme

Emma saying “Bayreuth”

Bayreuth Festspielhaus

Philip Glass: “Koyaanisqatsi” — The Pulse

Glass: “Mishima” soundtrack

“E.T.” bike chase scene w/John Williams’ iconic music

Danny Elfman’s band Oingo Boingo

“The Simpsons” theme

Musical modes

“Rebecca” Suite played by City of Prague Philharmonic

“Rebecca” full movie (shh…don’t tell anyone)

“The Terminal”: Dinner with Amelia scene w/John Williams’ score

Glenn Gould plays Bach Contrapunctus I-IV (the soul of Bach)

John Barry: “James Bond” composer

James Bond Suite played by Royal Philharmonic

John Barry Memorial Concert

Bernard Hermann’s “Psycho” Suite

György Ligeti

Ligeti’s “Lontano”: classic horror music used in “The Shining” and “Shutter Island”

Krzysztof Penderecki

Penderecki: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima

Penderecki interview: turning history into avant-garde

Aeolian harp


“The Day the Earth Stood Still” theremin studio session

Ennio Morricone: The Ecstasy of Gold from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

The Ecstasy of Gold: theremin & voice

“Psycho” shower scene with and without music

“Score: A Film Music Documentary” on Amazon

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