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Series of programmes exploring film music

Series of programmes exploring film music
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Series of programmes exploring film music




First Contact

Matthew Sweet with music for films about contact with new worlds, new people and extra-terrestrials, in the week of "Arrival", a new Sci Fi film with a score by Jóhann Jóhannsson. The programme features music from "The New World"; "1492 - Conquest of Paradise"; "The Mission"; "The Abyss"; "First Men In The Moon"; "The Terrornauts"; "The War of the Worlds"; "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"; "ET - The Extra Terrestrial" and "Arrival".

Duration: 00:18:53

...The field of human conflict

Matthew Sweet looks forward to the forthcoming release of Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk with a look at how film and film music portray historic battles. The programme features music from "Sink The Bismarck", "The Battle of Britain", "The Battle of the Bulge", "The Sands of Iwo Jima", "The Battle of Algiers", "Passchendaele", "Waterloo" and "Zulu". Plus a chance to hear part of Hans Zimmer's new score for "Dunkirk".

Duration: 00:20:49


Forty years ago this week cinema audiences were introduced to the Galactic Empire, Death Star and Tatooine as the very first Star Wars film - A New Hope - opened in the US. With its Academy Award winning score by John Williams it heralded a new era in music for the movies. Today Matthew Sweet celebrates its 40th birthday and explores what other scores were making waves in 1977; the year that saw James Bond save the world from Karl Stromberg and his toothy henchman Jaws, Alvy Singer woo Annie...

Duration: 00:21:56

Arthurian Legends

Matthew Sweet presents a selection of film music and takes a look at some of diverse range of films inspired by the Arthurian legends in the week of the release of Guy Ritchie's new film "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" with a score by Daniel Pemberton. The programme includes music by Trevor Jones, Miklos Rozsa, Franz Waxman, Hans Zimmer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Lerner and Loewe, Anne Dudley and ... Monty Python? The Classic Score of the Week is Ron Goodwin's "Gawain and the Green Knight".

Duration: 00:18:30

Mr S Goes to Washington

Matthew Sweet with a selection of film music inspired by the political world of Washington DC, in the week of the release of 'Miss Sloane' with a score by Max Richter. The programme looks at some of the many films covering the Nixon era, but also looks back at the ways that Washington has been covered in American cinema from the time of Frank Capra's "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" through to films like "Wag The Dog", "Bulworth", "Advise and Consent", "Lincoln", "Clear and Present Danger" and...

Duration: 00:26:07

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Matthew Sweet with a selection of music reflecting the film career of Hollywood genius Erich Wolfgang Korngold, featuring examples from the scores of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Captain Blood, Juarez, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The Sea Hawk, The Constant Nymph, Kings Row, Escape Me Never, and Magic Fire.

Duration: 00:17:16

Sourced from the Bard

Matthew Sweet with a selection of music inspired by films that take inspiration from the works of Shakespeare in the week of the release of William Oldroyd's film "Lady Macbeth". While the cinema has brought many famous adaptations of Shakespeare's plays to the screen, the story of The Bard's influence on film is far greater. Matthew Sweet presents a selection of soundtracks for films that have taken Shakespeare's stories as the source material for new plots - some quite literal, others a...

Duration: 00:35:45

Their Finest Hour

Matthew Sweet with a selection of film music reflecting wartime propaganda in the cinema and the wartime spirit, inspired by Lone Scherfig's new film "Their Finest" with a score by Rachel Portman, released in cinemas this week.

Duration: 00:30:17


For the Easter weekend Matthew Sweet goes on a cinematic egg hunt encountering music by Jerry Goldsmith, Lalo Schifrin and Bernard Herrmann along the way. There are some bunnies too, courtesy of Donnie Darko, Watership Down and Fatal Attraction... The 1948 Oscar-winning score to Easter Parade is the classic score of the week.

Duration: 00:19:35


Matthew Sweet presents a programme of film music marking Radio 3's Uproot festival, held in Hull - the 2017 UK City of Culture. The programme is inspired by films associated with one of the driving forces of British cinema, Hull-born Joseph Arthur Rank. His Rank Organisation films were famously prefaced with a sequence featuring a man striking a giant gong, and they brought us some of our best loved titles, and with them, some great scores: "In Which We Serve", "Brief Encounter", "A Matter...

Duration: 00:22:38

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Matthew Sweet marks the BFI's retrospective of the films of the pioneering German director and screenwriter Rainer Werner Fassbinder with a look at his collaboration with composer Peer Raben. Plus music from some of Fassbinder's favourite films including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Night of the Hunter, and Johnny Guitar.

Duration: 00:21:01

The Eye

Matthew Sweet explores the subject of the eye in cinema through an anthology of film music culminating in the music for Nicolas Pesce's new horror film "The Eyes of My Mother". "The eye is a magical, paradoxical organ. Soft, vulnerable, worryingly penetrable - and yet an instrument of mastery and control." Matthew explores the many ways in which the eye takes a central role in film and features music from Polanski's "Macbeth"; Maurice Jarre's score for "Les Yeux Sans Visage"; Cocteau's...

Duration: 00:23:22

French Cinema

In a live edition from the Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead, Matthew Sweet is joined by Guy Austin, Founding Director of the Research Centre in Film and Digital Media at Newcastle University, for a jaunt through the history of music for French cinema. France was one of the first nations to recognise the possibilities of cinema and through the pioneering work of figures such as Auguste and Louis Lumière and Georges Méliès, it quickly established the foundations for a new form of art...

Duration: 00:28:22

Anne Dudley

Matthew Sweet meets composer, conductor and arranger Anne Dudley for a focus on her music for film in the week of the launch of Paul Verhoeven's acclaimed new film "Elle". One time member of the 80s synth band Art of Noise, Anne has an extensive catalogue of film scores from across 30 years in the industry and is one of the few women to win an Oscar for her music. The programme includes music from "Black Books"; "Buster"; "The Pope Must Die"; "Knight Moves"; "The Crying Game"; "The...

Duration: 00:35:16

The Raj

Matthew Sweet with film music inspired by the Raj in the week of the release of "The Viceroy's House" with a score by AR Rahman.

Duration: 00:28:41

The Family

Matthew Sweet considers film music written to accompany films concerned with family matters, following the release of "It's Only the End of the World", with music by Gabriel Yared. The programme features music from "The Royal Tenenbaums", "The Incredibles", "The Addams Family", "The Godfather", "The Sound of Music", "Little Women", "Mary Poppins", "Star Wars", "A River Runs Through It", "The Family Way" and "August: Osage County"; and the Classic Score of the Week is Alfred Newman's music...

Duration: 00:26:51

The Moon

Matthew Sweet with film music inspired by the moon in the week of the release of "Hidden Figures", with music by Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams and Benjamin Wallfisch. The Moon features in a variety of ways in the history of film, from werewolves and romance to the stuff of hard science. It today's programme we hear music from "Road To Morocco"; "An American Werewolf in London"; "The Wolf Man"; "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon"; "The Princess Kaguya"; "Apollo 13"; "A Grand Day Out"; "The...

Duration: 00:22:53

William Alwyn

Matthew Sweet with Philip Lane on the film music career of William Alwyn, composer of over 80 scores including "The Magic Box", "The History of Mr Polly", "The Swiss Family Robinson" and "The Crimson Pirate". Matthew discusses Alwyn's contribution to British film with Philip Lane, and finds out more about Philip's tireless work to track these sometimes lost scores down and bring them before the public. Volume 4 of the CD series "The Film Music of William Alwyn" has just been released with...

Duration: 00:21:58

Treasure Hunt

Matthew Sweet goes on a treasure hunt with a selection of film music inspired by classic stories of secret maps and lost booty in the week of the release of "Gold" with music by Daniel Pemberton. The programme includes music from "Treasure Island", "Pirates of the Caribbean", "The Deep", "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "King Solomon's Mines", "Jason and the Argonauts", "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" and "Gold".

Duration: 00:26:07


Matthew Sweet with music for films with a pacifist theme in the week that has seen the launch of Mel Gibson's new film "Hacksaw Ridge" with music by Rupert Gregson-Williams. The programme features music from "Gandhi", "The Day The Earth Stood Still", "Doctor Who and the Daleks", ""Starship Troopers", "Howl's Moving Castle", "La Grande Illusion", "King and Country", "Paths of Glory", "The Victors", "Hair", "Born On The Fourth Of July", "Friendly Persuasion", "Witness" and "The Great Dictator"...

Duration: 00:25:14

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