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Music in the Great War: The First World War

Matthew Sweet introduces music for films set against the background of WWI, including the Classic Score of the Week, Joseph Kosma's music for Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion.

Matthew Sweet looks at music for films set against the background of the First World War, including the Classic Score of the Week, Joseph Kosma's music for Jean Renoir's movie masterpiece, La Grande Illusion. The First World War prompted a cinematic response even before the War was over and it has continued to exercise the film maker's imagination ever since. From Charles Chaplin's Shoulder Arms in 1918 to Steven Spielberg's recent War Horse, the stories and commentaries are varied and include some of the great moments in film and film-music (The African Queen; The Blue Max; Sergeant York; Lawrence of Arabia).

1 hour

Music Played

  • Charlie Chaplin

    SHOULDER ARMS (1918): Shoulder Arms Part 1 (extract)

    Performer: Charlotte Orchestra conducted by Eric Spear.
    • The Chaplin Revue.
    • OLD STYLE.
    • 2.
  • Gerald Fried

    PATHS OF GLORY (1957): The Patrol

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Bateman.
    • SILVA SCREEN : FILMXCD333.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
    • 7.
  • Allan Gray

    THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951): Queen's Theme & Love Theme

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • ASV : CDWHL2142.
    • ASV.
    • 10.
  • Max Steiner

    SERGEANT YORK (1941): Overture

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn.
    • SILVA SCREEN : FILMXCD333.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
    • 6.
  • Dirk Reichardt & Stefan Hansen

    THE RED BARON (2008): The Red Baron

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Wolf Kerschek.
    • Polydor : 06025 1767138-6.
    • Polydor.
    • 23.
  • Mychael Danna

    REGENERATION (1997): Dottyville

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Peter Breiner.
    • VARESE SARABANDE : VSD 6005.
    • VARESE SARABANDE.
    • 5.
  • Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

    PASSCHENDAELE (2008): Frontline Moves 100 Yards

    Performer: Espirit Orchestra conducted by Alex Pauk.
    • VARESE SARABANDE : 302 064 206 2.
    • VARESE SARABANDE.
    • 7.
  • Jerry Goldsmith

    THE BLUE MAX (1966): Bridge

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Jerry Goldsmith.
    • SILVA SCREEN : FILMXCD336.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
  • Henri Chateau

    Frou-Frou

    Performer: Berthe Sylva.
    • INTENSE : 221549 205.
    • INTENSE.
    • 15.
  • James Fenton

    IN LOVE AND WAR (1996): The Lake

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • RCA VICTOR : 09026687252.
    • RCA VICTOR.
    • 11.
  • Maurice Jarre

    LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962): Main Title

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • SILVA SCREEN : CD036.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
    • 2.
  • Joseph Kosma

    LA GRANDE ILLUSION (1937): Main Title

    • THE SOUND TRACK FACTORY : 33545.
    • THE SOUND TRACK FACTORY.
    • 1.
  • Max Steiner

    THE LOST PATROL (1934): Main Title

    Orchestra: Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: William T. Stromberg.
    • MARCO POLO : 8223870.
    • MARCO POLO.
  • Alfred Newman

    WHAT PRICE GLORY? (1952): Captain Flagg's Finale

    Orchestra: 20th Century-Fox Orchestra. Conductor: Alfred Newman.
    • SILVA SCREEN : SILCD1317.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
    • 6.
  • John Williams

    WAR HORSE (1989): No Man's Land

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.

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