Our Favourite Film Scores

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There is no disputing the important role that music plays within film. Along with elements such as direction, editing and cinematography that are all part of the many layers that make a film successful, music adds an extra dimension to the viewers experience. Could you imagine the now famous shower scene in Psycho without those screeching violins accompanying Janet Leigh’s screams?

Typically created after a film is completed, not only does a score help create a mood, whether physiological or emotional, it can also help reflect a specific period in time or geographical location – think Nino Rota’s score for the 1960 classic La Dolce Vita.

Some scores have now become so synonymous with a film that all you have to do is hear the film title and you immediately think of the accompanying music. Two perfect examples of this are John Williams' Imperial March for Star Wars and Monty Norman’s James Bond Theme which has appeared in every Bond film since its first release in 1962.

Director Martin Scorsese sums it up perfectly with his memories of the classic Hitchcock film Vertigo and its score by Bernard Herrmann.

“That music stayed with me… when I heard it I immediately knew that world, I knew that mood, that emotional state and physiological state”.

Take a look below to see some of THSH favourite film scores, including the conductor of London Concert Orchestra’s Hugh Brunt’s own perspective on music in the Oscar-winning There Will be Blood.

Once Upon a Time in the West, aside from being my favourite movie EVER is probably my favourite soundtrack too. Ennio Morricone creates themes for each of the characters in an almost operatic way. And he insisted on composing the music before filming, so that the actors knew what the final score would sound like. A masterpiece!!

Nick Loveland | Chief Operating Officer

I love Micachu’s score to the Scarlett Johansson film Under The Skin. I really like the way its electronic sounds underline the sinister aspects of the film.

Tony Dudley-Evans | Jazz Advisor, Jazzlines

I saw There Will Be Blood when it was first released, and every element of it is so strong - the screenplay, the performances, cinematography - but I was particularly moved by the music. It had a visceral impact and felt so raw and fresh. I'd happily stick my neck out and say it's one of the most important scores of the past couple of decades.

Hugh Brunt | Conductor of the London Concert Orchestra

Taxi Driver is one of my favourite films and it is underpinned by Bernard Herrmann’s wonderfully atmospheric score. Although best known for the languid saxophone motif, it is spiked with frequent moments of unease as the brass and drums crescendo and subside, carrying Travis around the city, percolating his growing rage. It instantly comes to mind whenever I look in the rear view mirror…

Nick Reed | Chief Executive Officer

Inception - an amazing film, but what a soundtrack! When Hans Zimmer released the score – I instantly fell in love! The instrumentation is so clever - it actually has its own narrative. There are so many layers and leitmotivs in the score, that represent whether we are in a ‘dream’ or in ‘reality’, answering questions that the film leaves to interpretation. It is such a diverse score, and I really think it’s one of his best! If you haven't already, sit down with a good pair of headphones and listen to the score – you’ll see what I'm talking about…it's amazing!

Rachel Learmonth | Development Officer

If you’re a lover of a superb cinematic score then why not come along to our screening of Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood, accompanied by a live orchestral performance by the London Concert Orchestra who will performing Jonny Greenwood’s score in all its glory.

Find out more here.