BBC launches vote for greatest movie soundtrack

Date: 12.09.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.57
The Sound Of Cinema: 20 Greatest Soundtracks vote launches today at 2pm. As part of the BBC's Sound Of Cinema season, which begins today across BBC Radio and Television, audiences are invited to choose their favourite film soundtrack of all time, voting from a shortlist compiled by a panel of BBC Radio’s biggest movie lovers.

BBC Radio 1’s Rhianna Dillon, BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 3’s Matthew Sweet, Francine Stock from BBC Radio 4, Mary Anne Hobbs from BBC Radio 6music, Tommy Sandhu from Asian Network and film music conductor Robert Ziegler have created a shortlist of 20 of the greatest ever movie soundtracks, from which listeners will be able to vote.

The vote opens today (Thursday 12 September) at 2pm and listeners can vote by visiting bbc.co.uk/soundofcinema. The vote closes at midnight on Friday 20 September and the results will be announced and played live by the BBC Concert Orchestra at 2pm on Friday 27 September, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

The vote is part of the BBC’s Sound Of Cinema, a season dedicated to exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season starts today with the first episode of Sound Of Cinema: The Music That Made The Movies – a three-part series on BBC Four presented by Neil Brand (9pm). The series is accompanied by three weeks of programming on Radio 3 while further programmes take place on Radio 6 Music, Radios 1 & 1xtra, Radio 2 and the Asian Network. For further information visit bbc.co.uk/soundofcinema and join the conversation on Twitter via #bbcsoundofcinema.

The Sound Of Cinema: 20 Greatest Soundtracks Vote shortlist is:

  • 8 ½ ‘Otto e Mezzo’ (Nino Rota)
  • Apocalypse Now (Wagner)
  • Billy Elliot (Swan Lake music, Tchaikovsky)
  • Bombay (AR Rahman)
  • Dark Knight Rises Suite (Hans Zimmer)
  • Django Unchained (Luis Bacalov / Riz Ortolani / Morricone)
  • Grease (various)
  • Lawrence of Arabia Main Theme (Maurice Jarre)
  • Mary Poppins (Sherman brothers)
  • Planet of the Apes (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • Psycho (Bernard Herrmann)
  • Sholay (RD Burman)
  • Sound of Music (Richard Rogers / Oscar Hammerstein II)
  • Star Wars Main Theme (John Williams)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Ennio Morricone, arr. David Arnold)
  • The Third Man (Anton Karas arr. Cox)
  • The Wizard of Oz (Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Herbert Stothard)
  • There Will be Blood (Jonny Greenwood)
  • Vertigo (Bernard Herrmann)
  • West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein)

Clips of the shortlisted film soundtracks can be listened to here

Notes to Editors

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BBC Four’s celebration of film music begins with Sound Of Cinema: The Music That Made The Movies, a three-part documentary presented by writer, composer and film music aficionado Neil Brand. Neil tells his alternative history of cinema, putting the soundtrack centre stage. The series features some of the biggest directors of past and present including Quentin Tarantino, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese, alongside film scores of cult and blockbuster movies like Star Wars, Inception, Hitchcock’s Psycho and Gladiator. BBC Four will also broadcast 2013’s Film Music BBC Prom, showcasing excerpts from great British film scores and music from science fiction titles such as Alien and Independence Day.

BBC Radio 3 celebrates film music through the eyes and ears of composers, actors and directors, as well as a host of live music. Three icons of cinema, Terence Stamp, Sir Christopher Lee and Sir Tom Courtenay, present their music choices in Saturday Classics. The BBC’s Performing Groups play film music in Live in Concert; conductors featured in the season include Carl Davis, John Wilson and Robert Ziegler. Tom Service talks to some of today’s most successful film music composers about their collaborations with leading directors - Ken Loach and George Fenton discuss their 20-year partnership, Carter Burwell reflects on working with the Coen Brothers and James Horner discusses his partnerships with James Cameron and Ron Howard.

Composer Of The Week takes a look at British Film Music and Hollywood composers, including an exclusive interview with John Williams. Essential Classics features Neil Brand’s Sound Of Cinema downloads and there will be a week of reflections on film music hosted by Matthew Sweet.

Other guests across the season include directors Alan Parker, Beeban Kidron, Kevin Macdonald and Mike Figgis; actors Tim Piggott–Smith and Olivia Williams; composers Howard Blake, Debbie Wiseman and Alex Heffes, plus Herrmann’s widow Norma Herrmann.

Special Radio 3 recordings include:

- In Tune will be live from the BFI in the season’s opening week for a gothic inspired programme on Friday 13 September looking at how the spookiest scores in cinema have worked, and The Tippett Quartet will be performing music by the master of unsettling strings, Hitchcock’s favourite composer Bernard Herrmann.

- Late Junction’s monthly session will be given a film music slant as Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and members of The Loop Collective create a brand new soundtrack for gothic film The Mistletoe Bough (Tuesday 17 September).

- Night Waves will broadcast a discussion presented by Matthew Sweet about the 1960s gothic horror, The Innocents, from the BFI on Wednesday 18 September.

BBC Radio 6 Music presents an epic selection of film focused programming. In a five-part series called Sound Of Cinema in the Sunday midday slot, iconic names from the movie world will host a series of one-hour shows picking their favourite film music moments.

Presenters include actor Cillian Murphy and composer David Arnold, who has scored an impressive five Bond movies. Further highlights include Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service in which he will be exploring the sound effects department at a big UK film studio; New York boy Huey Morgan puts the focus on Blaxploitation in his show; and in The First Time With Quentin Tarantino, the visionary movie writer and director talks about his iconic soundtracks.

In her Three Minute Epiphany segment, film and music lover Mary Anne Hobbs will feature Academy award-winning music composer Hans Zimmer, and Grammy nominated Clint Mansell. DJ, film-maker and music video director Don Letts will be sharing some of his insights into the role that music plays in film. Plus there’ll be further tailored programming across 6 Music’s shows.

As part of Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Soundtrack Season, Radio 1Xtra Stories explores Hip-Hop's complex, sometimes confused, and always developing relationship with film in the The Story Of Hip-Hop In The Movies. Rappers/actors Ludacris, Riz Ahmed and Doc Brown investigate how easy it is to move between the arts, while Pharrell Williams, Sway and Roots Manuva consider how a killer soundtrack can often keep a very average film alive. Radio 1Xtra’s film critic Rhianna Dhillon looks at how, through drama and documentaries, film opened a window into some raw aspects of African American life before going on to influence the UK and the world.

Radio 2’s contribution to Sound Of Cinema includes another chance to hear Silent Film presented by film critic Mark Kermode, and The Mozart Of Madras profiling Indian composer A.R. Rahman and presented by Slumdog Millionaire director, Danny Boyle.

The BBC Asian Network turns its attention to the music of Bollywood film. In Men Behind The Music, Bobby Friction’s show will include music ranging from the melodious Shankar-Jaikishan to the seminal RD Burman, explaining how the journey of Hindi film music has evolved through the decades as Asian Network celebrates the life and work of India’s biggest music directors.

For four weeks starting on Monday 16 January in Filmy Island Discs, Tommy Sandhu will be joined by distinguished Asian celebrities from the world of film and music who will pick their best-loved soundtrack, and Voices of Bollywood will see Asian Network presenter Noreen Khan looking back at some of the most influential performers from the South Asian film industry.

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