Friday 26 September 2014, 8pm, BBC Four
Presenter: Neil Brand
The Sound of Cinema – the music that made the movies
Episode 1: The Big Score
Almost exactly a year ago (12 Sep 2013) the BBC broadcast the first episode of Neil Brand’s fantastic series “The Sound of Cinema – the music that made the movies” which was part of a wider series of programmes (television and radio) about film music. Being quick off the mark where film music events are concerned I managed to get a ticket to a premiere screening of episode one at the BFI the previous week, with a Q&A afterwards. Great fun.
Hopefully they’ll show all three episodes. I also hope the BBC will commission more programmes from Neil about film music – at the Q&A he mentioned that there was soooo much more to say and I would like to hear it.
Neil Brand’s The Sound of Cinema, episode one: ‘The Big Score’ on orchestral sound, 9pm, BBC Four – detailed programme information: “In a series celebrating the art of the cinema soundtrack, the heart of a BBC-wide season playing on radio as well as TV, Neil Brand explores the work of the great movie composers, and demonstrates their techniques. Neil begins by looking at how the classic orchestral film score emerged and why it’s still going strong today. Neil traces how in the 1930s, European-born composers such as Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold brought their Viennese training to play in stirring, romantic scores for Hollywood masterpieces like King Kong and The Adventures of Robin Hood. But it took a home-grown American talent, Bernard Herrmann, to bring a darker, more modern sound to some of cinema’s finest films, with his scores for Citizen Kane, Psycho and Taxi Driver. Among those Neil meets are leading film-makers and composers who discuss their work, including Martin Scorsese and Hans Zimmer, composer of blockbusters like Gladiator and Inception.”
I’ve found that eps 2 and 3 are on YouTube but from previous experience they might not stay for very long.
Episode 2 on YouTube
Episode 3 on YouTube