Some more great orchestral pieces worth our attention
- Finlandia â€“ Jean Sibelius
- Pohjolaâ€™s Daughter â€“ Jean Sibelius
- Rite of Spring â€“ Igor Stravinsky
- Petrouchka â€“ Igor Stravinsky
- The Firebird â€“ Igor Stravinsky
- Ma MĂ¨re Lâ€™Oye â€“ Maurice Ravel
- Fantasia on Theme by Thomas Tallis â€“ Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Symphony #5 â€“ Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Symphony #2 – Sergei Prokofieff
I put Stravinsky’s famous pieces because they may be famous for composers but perhaps not so much for film makers.
[frame align=”left”][/frame]Recently I introduced a director friend of mine to Howard Hanson and Â he loved it! He is a true filmÂ musicÂ lover and he immediately saw how much Hanson influenced certain composers.
Film music these days has a very different sound than in the past. That’s a good thing of course, and I am certainly not judging. Music must progress evolve and change. (I think it is perhaps a bit too homogenized at the moment…)
I am still very much drawn to the musicianship and craftsmanship of the golden age composers like Korngold, Salter, Frankel, Herrmann, Bernstein, Goldsmith and of course Williams.
Am I correct in saying that we should aim to make music evolve and grow without going backwards or dumbing it down? It seems like film music should be great music as well as great film music.
The great pedagogue Shinishi Suzuki once said (and I paraphrase from memory here) “We are not born knowing quality, we must be in the presence of itÂ regularlyÂ to recognize it.”Â So here I start my listening list for film directors with just a few scores off the top of my head, avoiding the most obvious ones like “The Planets” – although it still rocks!
- Pines of Rome – Ottorino Respighi
- Fountains of Rome – Ottorino Respighi
- Daphnis and Chloe – Maurice Ravel
- Love for Three Oranges – Sergei Prokofiev
- Symphony No.10, 2nd mvt – Dmitri Shostakovich
- Pictures at an Exhibition – Modest Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel)
- Symphony No.2 – Howard Hanson
- Scythian Suite – Sergei Prokofiev
Guess what, M Night Shyamalan doesn’t use temp scores! He gets the composer involved before they shoot.
That’s what I like to see!