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Pop Goes the Soundtrack

Neil Brand explores how, in the second half of the 20th century, composers and film-makers embraced jazz, pop and rock to bring fresh energy to film scores.

Composer Neil Brand explores how, in the second half of the 20th century, composers and film-makers embraced jazz, pop and rock to bring fresh energy and relevance to film scores.

He shows how in the 1960s, films as diverse as the James Bond movies, spaghetti westerns and Disney's musicals drew on the talents of pop arrangers and composers like John Barry, Ennio Morricone and the Sherman Brothers to create unforgettable soundtracks. But the role of the film composer would subsequently be challenged by directors like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, who showed that a soundtrack consisting of carefully chosen pop songs could be as effective as a specially written one.

Neil's journey sees him meet leading film-makers and composers including Martin Scorsese and composers Richard Sherman (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), Lalo Schifrin (Bullitt) and David Arnold (Casino Royale).

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Alex North

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    Performer: Ray Heindorf.
    • Music From The Films Of Marlon Brando.
    • Doyen / Warner Music UK Limited.
  • The John Barry Orchestra

    Beat Girl

    • Gillihams Ltd.
    • Beat Girl: Music From The Film.
  • John Barry

    Goldfinger

    Performer: Shirley Bassey.
    • Goldfinger (soundtrack).
    • EMI Records Ltd.
  • John Lennon

    A Hard Day's Night

    Performer: The Beatles. Composer: Paul McCartney.
    • A Hard Day's Night.
    • EMI.
  • Richard M. Sherman

    Mary Poppins

    Performer: Irwin Kostal. Performer: Robert B. Sherman. Orchestra: Disney Studio Orchestra.
    • Mary Poppins (soundtrack).
    • EMI Records Limited.
  • 00:01

    The Beatles

    A Hard Day's Night

  • 00:03

    Lalo Schifrin

    Bullitt

  • Lalo Schifrin

    Main Title (from Dirty Harry)

    Performer: National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
    • Music From The Films Of Clint Eastwood.
    • Silva Screen Records Limited.
  • 00:05

    Dick Dale and His Del‐Tones

    Misirlou

  • Paul Epworth

    Skyfall

    Performer: Chlöe du Pré. Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: London Music Works. Performer: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins.
    • Skyfall.
    • Silva Screen.
  • 00:19

    Irwin Kostal, Walt Disney Studio Orchestra and Chorus

    Mary Poppins Overture

  • 00:22

    Dick Van Dyke

    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

  • 00:22

    Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman

    I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)

  • 00:37

    The Ronettes

    Be My Baby

  • 00:38

    The Ronettes

    Be My Baby

  • 00:39

    The Rolling Stones

    Jumpin' Jack Flash

  • 00:40

    Booker T. & The MG’s

    Green Onions

  • 00:41

    Bee Gees

    Night Fever

  • 00:43

    Bee Gees

    Stayin' Alive

  • 00:50

    Angelo Badalamenti

    Twin Peaks Theme

  • 00:50

    Angelo Badalamenti

    Twin Peaks Theme

  • 00:52

    George Baker Selection

    Little Green Bag

  • 00:55

    The Tornados

    Bustin' Surfboards

Neil Brand talks film

Neil Brand talks film

A selection of interviews with film composer Neil Brand.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Neil Brand
Participant Martin Scorsese
Participant David Arnold
Participant Richard M Sherman
Participant Lalo Schifrin
Director Francis Welch
Executive Producer Michael Poole
Producer Francis Welch
Series Producer John Das

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