Sound of Cinema: The Music that Made the Movies: Episode 1 – The Big Score
Neil Brand celebrates the art of the film score
The BBC launches the Sound of Cinema season across several of its channels this month and a central part of that is a new three-part documentary on BBC Four that guides us through the history of film music.
From early soundtracks for silent moving pictures to the use of popular songs in modern films, Brand will explore the techniques, tricks and time-tested devices used by film composers over decades.
The first episode focuses on the classic orchestral film score and its endurance over time.
European composers such as Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Max Steiner wrote music for early movie soundtracks and produced stirring, romantic scores for Hollywood blockbusters like King Kong and The Adventures of Robin Hood. A darker mood was evoked by Bernard Hermann’s scores later on, his iconic music for Psycho and Vertigo becoming key moments in film history.
Brand also meets leading film-makes and composers working today, including Martin Scorsese and Hans Zimmer.