Music in film, both specially composed and/or appropriated, often determines the character and emotional gravity of the greatest films. Spend six dreary winter afternoons immersing yourself in some of the best movie scores with recordings, video, and expert commentary by John Gibbons. Register online now. Tentative Syllabus
Some recordings we like, and a app.
“On December 22, 1808, Beethoven himself rented a hall in Vienna and promoted the concert to end all concerts: the debut, over four hours, of three of his greatest works .. And yes, it was a fiasco. But imagine: It was as if Orson Welles premiered Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, and Touch of Evil on the same night — with The Lady from Shanghai thrown in for good measure.” (Greg Mitchell)
A delightful development in the world of opera video has occurred. Two (!) versions of Paul Hindemith’s 1926 opus Cardillac have recently appeared. I make the assumption that even serious opera fans may not be acquainted with this fascinating piece, except in Germany.