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Bamboléo: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
Barrett's Privateers: origins and meaning of famous drinking song
The Doors songs that use just three primary chords
Aeolian mode in Led Zeppelin songs
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Ave Satani: diabolic essence of The Omen theme song
Ave Satani is a choral work written by the prolific American composer Jerry Goldsmith for the 1976 supernatural horror...
Concerning Hobbits: portraying home with the penny whistle
Concerning Hobbits is a two-minute tune originally composed by Canadian composer Howard Shore for Peter Jackson's 2001...
Hedwig’s Theme: magical mood cast by the celesta melody
Hedwig's Theme, also known as the main theme of all eight Harry Potter films, was the first piece written by John...
Gabriel's Oboe: soulful Morricone tune that soothes the Iguazu Falls
Gabriel's Oboe is a short instrumental piece written by Ennio Morricone for a key scene in Roland Joffé's period drama...
Handel's Sarabande: obscure keyboard suite that found its iconic orchestration in Barry Lyndon movie
The sarabande is a fiery carnival dance that originated in the 16th century in Central America and then spread to Spain...
Dum Maro Dum: psychedelic Hindi lyrics in Western arrangement that influenced generations
Dum Maro Dum is a popular Hindi song written by Anand Bakshi and composed by Rahul Dev Burman for the 1971 Bollywood...
Classical music examples imitating bees and buzzing insects
The seemingly monotonous buzz that bees emit is a developed communicative function allowing these social insects to...
Symphonic scores by Erich Wolfgang Korngold established new standards in the film industry
Erich Wolfgang Korngold was an Austrian pianist and composer whose contribution to film music has actually set the...
Classic examples of the Phrygian mode through the music eras
From Middle Ages to modernity, Western music has been largely based on diatonic scales that organize seven notes into...
The unique music garden of Toru Takemitsu
Widely considered to be the greatest composer in the classical music tradition in modern Japan, Toru Takemitsu merged...
Five tones of Spielberg's alien language
Close Encounters of the Third Kind—Steven Spielberg’s first and perhaps best attempt at sci-fi—was released in 1977 only...
Young Adam score captures the desolate landscape of the 50s Scotland
An adaptation of Scottish writer Alexander Trocchi's loosely autobiographical novel, Young Adam is a harsh portrait of a...
Instrumental simplicity of the quiet piano drama Breathe In
In the intimate story of a foreign exchange student who causes a deep and devastating rift in a close-knit upstate New...
Preserved tradition in the modern aesthetics of The Breadwinner score
The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey, is an animated drama film based on Deborah Ellis’ award-winning novel that...
Accordion for Amélie was discovered by a lucky accident
Amélie is a 2001 French romantic comedy classic directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet that depicts a contemporary yet...
Full-method approach to the score for Shakespeare's play
The classic Shakespeare play The Merchant of Venice had seen many adaptations, one of them a 2004 venture for the big...
Easy Living owes Billie Holiday for giving it voice
A tender ballad Easy Living has forthright lyrics that declare just how wonderful life can be when living for someone...
Sicario's desert pulsates in Jóhannsson's score
Sicario tells the story of an idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) who is enlisted by a government official to...
Vintage synthesizers alleviate the Blade Runner sequel
Blade Runner 2049 is the long-anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 iconic film which defined a whole generation of...
Hero's colors come alive with silk violin strings
Hero, an undeniable martial-arts classic, is an epic collaboration between Zhang Yimou, perhaps the biggest name in...
Star Wars meets Baroque classics
The long-spanning Star Wars saga is embedded into our consciousness not only with its visual motifs but also its iconic...
Orlando's director sang the score's leitmotifs
Sally Potter’s film Orlando follows the life of an eponymous, time traveling, androgynous nobleman who transforms from a...
[H]ouse playlist is a remedy for everyone
American medical drama House, M.D. is not just an excellent guide to understanding actual diseases, but it also contains...
New pragmatic Bond score by Thomas Newman
Thomas Newman, having never written a proper action score before Skyfall, succeeded in updating Bond's aesthetic with a...
The classic Morricone flavor in Tarantino's spaghetti western
The soundtrack for Django Unchained contains both original and existing works, featuring songs Quentin Tarantino...
Atmospheric collaboration of medieval and modern underground on Only Lovers Left Alive
For his post-modern tale of vampires trying to find purpose in their immortal lives, Jim Jarmusch employs his own group...
The Shape of Water bringing Alexandre Desplat his second Oscar trophy
Romantic fantasy film looks at the relationship between a mute woman who works at a government survey facility in...
Paul Reade: the man behind the fresh sound of Jane Eyre
Paul Reade was an English composer of last century. He worked on the BBC TV in the '60s, becoming the pianist and...
The timeless sadness of Shigeru Umebayashi
One of the most distinguished and fruitful composers of our time, Shigeru Umebayashi is credited with more than 50 films...
Anne Dudley's BAFTA winning work is a marriage of pop and the classical
Composer, arranger, producer and performer, Anne Dudley is a multi-talented musician whose work encompasses pop and...
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