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Jumpin' Jive is a notable jazz hit that was originally recorded by the Cab Calloway Orchestra in 1939. The song...
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...
Ferry Cross the Mersey: Merseybeat classic arranged by the Fifth Beatle
Ferry Cross the Mersey is the best-known track of the Liverpool rock band Gerry and the Pacemakers released in the...
Handel's Sarabande: obscure keyboard suite that found its iconic orchestration in Barry Lyndon movie
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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...
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy: the reveille that defined a generation
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy is an iconic World War II tune written by Don Raye and Hughie Prince for the military musical...
Lully's Passacaglia of Armide revised by Bear McCreary in Outlander score
The passacaglia is a slow dance that originated in Spain at the very beginning of the Baroque era, initially performed a...
Minnie the Moocher: essential step in the history of scat singing by Cab Calloway
Minnie the Moocher is an iconic jazz composition showcasing essential examples of scat singing—a vocal technique for...
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...
The necessity of undramatic humanity in Coffee and Cigarettes by Jim Jarmusch
A set of 11 short stories collected in the film Coffee and Cigarettes depicts the nostalgic era every older smoker might...
The fifth string of the Maihar school lead violin
For more than a century, the tiny town of Maihar—now the de facto cradle of the Indian Classical—has been breathing with...
Sūrsāgar: ocean of poetry that expanded for five centuries
Sūrdās was a North Indian devotional poet, musician, and saint who lived in the 16th century. His lyrics, addressed...
The timeless tragedy of Molly Malone
Not many songs can boast international recognition of being so deeply and fondly Irish the way Molly Malone does. Also...
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...
Malkauns night music was composed to tame Shiva's dance
Malkauns is one of the oldest music pieces in North Indian tradition that equivalent to Hindolam raga of Carnatic...
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...
The drama of The Chain kept alive on the big screen
The Chain, included on Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1977 Rumours album, has retained that particular brand of culturally...
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...
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...
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