Film Music


Beginning a series of articles by Robert Weinberg, originally published in Classic FM Magazine exploring the finest film music.

movie1Death in Venice
There have been a few moments in cinema history when a piece of music is integrated so perfectly into a film that the images and the music become inextricably linked in the memory. The enduring popularity of the Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No.5 certainly owes much to its use in Luchino Visconti’s 1971 adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novella, Death in Venice. More…

movie3Harry Potter
Many factors go into making a successful film: the screenplay, the acting, the cinematography – and the music. So, when a director finds a composer who captures and enhances his vision, a partnership of kindred spirits is born that creates film magic – think Hitchcock and Herrmann, Spielberg and Williams, Burton and Elfman. It was just such a relationship that resulted in British composer Nicholas Hooper becoming the surprise choice to compose the music for 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. More…

Movie2Taxi Driver
When Martin Scorsese left the stage at the 2007 Academy Awards clutching his first ever Oscar, there wasn’t a single commentator who wasn’t saying, ‘About time too.’ Three decades before The Departed picked up its four Oscars, Scorsese’s Taxi Driver had also been nominated for four Oscars – and won none. Most poignantly, among them was a Best Original Score nomination for the legendary composer Bernard Herrmann. More… 


Ennio Morricone

In February 2007, the world-renowned composer was presented with an Honorary Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Despite 45 years’ service, the Italian octogenarian believes his career is only just beginning. More…


The Classic FM Friendly Guide to Film Music
Rob Weinberg 

Hodder Education. ISBN 978-0-340-98385-0

51cchrd7g8l_ss500_The soundtrack to a film is just as important to its success as its pictures, and the best films have great music chosen, or specially written for them. Not only have many classical masterpieces become more famous and better loved as a result of their use in films, but many pieces of film music have become classics in their own right.
The Classic FM Friendly Guide to Film Music gives a friendly, jargon-free overview of film music, from the early days of the music that accompanied the “silent” movies through to the bright young composers of today. It contains descriptions, analyses, lists, trivia, quotes and easy-to-use timelines to create a picture of the development of a century of film music. The book is accompanied by a CD of 20 essential movie tracks – 10 written especially for the cinema and 10 popular classics that have been used in films.

Pre-order The Friendly Guide to Film Music here


One Response to “Film Music”

  1. That looks like an interesting book, Rob. Congrats. Love the cover, too. Not that you can judge a book by… sorry.


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