Series of programmes exploring film music
Hollywood composer Joseph Bishara, who has scored all the Insidious and Conjuring films, joins Matthew Sweet to delve into the world of contemporary horror and discuss the presence of evil, the power of silence, and scoring scenes that feature himself – as supernatural villains Bathsheba Sherman and the Lipstick-Face Demon. Featuring Joseph’s music alongside influential scores he admires by John Carpenter, Jerry Goldsmith, Wendy Carlos, and John Corigliano. ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ is in UK cinemas this weekend.
Matthew Sweet with music for the road movie genre, marking the cinematic release of the much-garlanded film 'Nomadland'.
Characters in a road movie undergo a journey - usually by car or motorbike - which invariably presents a life-changing experience. They can be journeys about self-discovery, rebellion, reconciliation and sometimes death. Matthew foregrounds some of the best road movie scores including 'Easy Rider', 'On the Road', (inspired by Jack Kerouac's genre-defining novel of the same name), 'The Motorcycle Diaries', 'Little Miss Sunshine', 'To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar'' and 'Locke'. Matthew takes a look at how Erik Nordgren's score works to picture in Ingmar Bergman's 1957 masterpiece 'Wild Strawberries' and reflects on the importance of the road movie in the work of director Wim Wenders. The Classic Score of the Week is Ry Cooder's atmospheric music for 'Paris, Texas'.
Matthew Sweet marks the forthcoming release of Dominic Cooke's thriller 'The Courier', with a new score by Abel Korzeniowski, and focuses on films based on true espionage stories.
Matthew features music from the new film as well as from 'Argo', 'Mata Hari - Agent H21', 'The Good Shepherd', 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind', 'Black Book', 'Bridge of Spies', 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy', 'Red Joan', and cues from Gabriel Yared's and Stephane Moucha's 'The Lives of Others', which is the Classic Score of the Week.
The Films of Bertrand Tavernier
Matthew Sweet looks back on the music for the films of the great French director Bertrand Tavernier, who died earlier this year, including Herbie Hancock's Oscar winning score for the film 'Round Midnight'. The programme includes music by some of France's greatest film composers including Antoine Duhamel and Philippe Sarde and music from revered films such as 'Quai d'Orsay'; 'A Sunday in the Country', 'The Clockmaker', 'Laissez-Passer', 'Death Watch', 'La fille de d'Artagnan', 'La Princesse de Montpensier'.'Coup de Torchon', 'L.627' and 'Daddy Nostalgie'. Matthew is joined by the French film critic Murial Zagha.
Spring! - The Movies
A selection of film music written to evoke the start of spring and the idea of rebirth, including scores by Ji Bark, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Isobel Waller-Bridge and David Schweitzer, Nino Rota and Jerry Goldsmith, among others. The Classic Score of the Week is Jerry Goldsmith's music for the 'The Reincarnation of Peter Proud'. Matthew also takes a close look at how music works to picture in the first outing of a new feature for the programme. Today he examines Alexandre Desplat's music for the opening scene of Jonathan Glazer's 2004 film 'Birth'.
The women that score
It’s 25 years since Rachel Portman composed the music for Emma and collected an Academy Award for Best Soundtrack, the first woman to merit such recognition, since which time there has been an array of talented female composers all eager to follow her lead - and yet a recent survey noted that an annual list of top 250 box office rated films, 94% of them were scored by men.
Matthew Sweet marks International Women’s Day with a look at woman who score films, featuring a wide ranging selection of music from across a variety of genres. The programme includes great pioneers of the past, such as Elisabeth Lutyens and Shirley Walker, as well as some of the excitingly diverse, up-and-coming names, hungry for attention now.