Guide to Film, TV and Game Music

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During May 2017, we focused on this topic and published a series of interviews and articles on the craft of writing and performing music for the screen.

Animated film music

A Flight Through the Music of Joe Hisaishi

As part of our film and game music month, we go deep into the work of Joe Hisaishi, the composer behind Studio Ghibli's best-loved scores.
Film music interview

Still winning awards: Ennio Morricone at 88

A brief chat with Ennio Morricone – one of the most ground-breaking and prolific film composers alive – and an introduction to his music.
Film music in history

Art as propaganda: the collaboration between Eisenstein and Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev composed scores for six films, as well as for two that were never made. We look at his collaboration with Sergei Eisenstein in the lead-up to the start of World War II.
TV music interview

Writing Music to Picture: Debbie Wiseman

Prolific TV and film composer Debbie Wiseman tells us about the craft of writing music for the screen and about how attitudes to film composition have changed.
The Hollywood era

Franz Waxman's film and classical music

Franz Waxman is known for his film scores, yet he also composed classical music. In the year of the 50th anniversary of his death, we look back on his work.
Game music interview

Creative haggling with Christopher Tin

Christopher Tin has worked in a whole range of fields, producing works that span film, video games and epic song cycles. Just don't call him a “video game composer”.
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StockholmUematsu: Final Fantasy VIII – Mono no aware

Uematsu: Final Fantasy VIII: Mono no aware
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Giedré Slekyté

AmsterdamMaartje van Weegen Farewell Concert

Monteverdi, Senfl, Cui, Leigh, Gabunia, Liszt, Shostakovich, Satie, Purcell, Lambert, Chopin, Pierné
André Heuvelman; Henry Kelder; Wilmar de Visser; Wishful Singing
in depth

John Williams and his early aesthetic

A brief examination of the partly forgotten musical seeds that led to Williams’ distinctive cinematic soundworld
Film music concerts

RSNO's Film Season Reaches New Audiences

In Edinburgh and Glasgow, the RSNO is bringing swathes of new audience into the concert hall to hear a live orchestra for the first time. 
From the stage

Making orchestral musicians rockstars

Producer Orvar Säfström is bringing new audiences into the concert hall all around Scandinavia with his new style film music concert. How can that be a bad thing?
Film music concerts

Film concerts go mainstream

The lights in the concert hall dim. On a large screen behind the orchestra, the titles of the movie that started the summer blockbuster era of 1975 appear. Then the onstage orchestra enters with a suddenly-familiar sound of menace.
Game music feature

Assassin's Creed II - Magic in a video game

Assassin's Creed takes us to the Borgias' Florence and we stroll along streets and palaces, churches and galleries, with such detail that it seems we are, in fact, in the city. Accompanied by the music that Jesper Kyd brilliantly composed to the saga, we take part in a plot of revenge and disloyalty.
Game music interview

Thomas Böcker on Symphonic Game Music

As part of out video game music season, we catch up with the man behind the Symphonic Game Music Concerts. 
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LondonProm 18

Korngold, Hillborg, Rimsky-Korsakov
BBC Symphony Orchestra; James Gaffigan; Hannah Holgersson; Ida Falk Winland; BBC Symphony Chorus

AmsterdamSummerNight at the Movies: from Superman to Ice Age

Newman, Grieg, Rota, Khachaturian
Munich Symphony Orchestra; Andreas Schüller; Christiaan Kuyvenhoven

BournemouthJohn Williams FilmFest

Williams
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

AmsterdamGershwin Piano Quartet: 4 pianos with 352 piano keys

Gershwin, Prokofiev, Ravel, Jobim
Gershwin Piano Quartet

StauntonHollywood Songbook

Copland, Eisler, Stravinsky, Chaplin, Rachmaninov, Schoenberg, Arlen, Bernstein

LondonProm 44: Late Night

Gordon, Lang, Wolfe, Glass, Andriessen
Rumon Gamba; BBC Proms Youth Ensemble; Bang on a Can All-Stars
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Playing the Game: Symphonic Odysseys

The latent complexities of Nobuo Uematsu's video game music come to the fore with this orchestral makeover by the LSO. 
***11
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The Times They Are a-Changin': Nixon Tapes in Sydney

The fascinating politics of this opera are diminished by the presentation of just four scenes. The music and three strong performances almost make up as Sydney gets its first taste of this work.
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Jan Lisiecki tames Toyota’s troublesome acoustics at the Elphi in Hamburg

Jan Lisiecki displays total control in Chopin, troublesome acoustics mar Bernstein and Rachmaninov.
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L'Arpeggiata jazzes up Purcell in Auckland

While maybe not for the musical puritans, this was the perfect showcase for an exceptional group of musicians to demonstrate their formidable technical and interpretative talents and to respectfully give some new vitality to the magical works of Purcell.
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Explosive drama in Ivan the Terrible

The CSO’s season-long celebration of Prokofiev’s 125th birthday had its watershed moment with the composer’s monumental score to Ivan the Terrible.
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An intriguing match in Cleveland

This unusual program had the unlikely pairing of Schoenberg's Piano Concerto and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, for which Kirill Gerstein was a brilliant soloist. 
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