The Columbia Orchestra, Columbia Festival of the Arts, and Dr. Rachel Franklin invite you to their new two-part lecture series devoted entirely to movie music! Explore the stories behind some of the greatest film music ever composed. Consider the purpose of a score and how it both supports and transforms the film. In these lectures, watch fascinating film clips, learn about the role of the score in each, and delve into the composer’s creative process.
Experiencing a great film score can have a life-long impact. Composers such as Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone, and John Williams have engraved iconic scenes into our collective memory with their extraordinary music, even if the rest of the movie might have faded. In Under Our Skin, we’ll examine the evolution of the movie soundtrack from silent films onwards and play with the absence of music or the “wrong” music under particular film clips (find the shark…) We’ll watch the composer David Raksin describe how he created his famous theme for the movie Laura, and marvel at the originality of Ennio Morricone’s scores. Finally, we’ll compare two extraordinary performances of Shakespeare’s Henry V and discuss which one is better, with music or without. Films discussed: Gone With the Wind, Jaws, Laura, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, and Henry V (1944 vs 1989)
Available to watch at your convenience for 48 hours between April 10 - April 26.