Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Great Sounds from the Movies
A musical score is an integral part of the movie director's pallete, setting the mood, forshadowing events, adding to the experience. But how often do we really listen to the score during the movie, or purchase a CD to listen afterwards? I am not talking about a dozen or so songs popular songs that are picked to sell CDs, but rather scores that have an integrated set of tracks and are written by a single composer. These days, John Williams is likely the most recognizable of the modern masters, having received his first nomination for an Academy award in 1967 for Valley of the Dolls and having scored Lincoln in 2012; in between he scored such films as Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schinler's List, and the Harry Potter movies. By the way, Williams is also an accomplished jazz pianist, with a number of recordings both as leader and sideman from the 50s and 60s, sometime as Johnny Williams.