Music and movies

coverMovie soundtracks are a whole wonderful world of their own. Are you one of those movie fans who sits through the credits to study the details of the soundtrack? Do particular pieces of music evoke the movie instantly?

For me I think of :

  • Staying alive from Saturday Night Fever, and John Travolta sashaying down the street,
  • The Lawrence of Arabia theme and Peter O’Toole’s slightly mad blue eyes,
  • The imperial march of the Star Wars music … and so on.

Sometimes the magic is the selection of music that has been chosen. For me it has opened up new avenues of music appreciation. And then there are the composers of original sound tracks like Ennio Morricone, John Williams or  Shostakovich.

The Hollywood Film Music Reader is a serious collection of writings about the art of matching film and music.

Have you got favourite film music? The perfect match of music to scene?