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John Barry, 1933-2011

It was with sadness that I heard at the beginning of the week that John Barry had died. Born John Barry Prendergast, he was one of the best known, most recognisable and most honoured of British film composers. He won 16 awards including … Continue reading

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Sound and silence

In my last post Can you hear the music? I wrote about the use of music in the screening of silent films, and mentioned the silent film scores for The epic of Everest  and for the opening night of the … Continue reading

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Can you hear the music?

I’ve recently been cataloguing a silent film score. Yes – you did read that correctly; odd as it sounds music played a huge part in silent films. Most cinemas had their own orchestra or instrumental ensemble, with only the smallest or most … Continue reading

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Writing for the movies

Among the UL’s music collections are a number of manuscript film scores. These include items in the archives of : Arthur Bliss, Roberto Gerhard, William Alwyn, and Doreen Carwithen. William Alwyn, in particular, was a prolific composer of movie scores. … Continue reading

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