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Imaginary Films

Matthew Sweet explores the trend among composers of creating scores for imaginary films.

Matthew Sweet explores the trend among composers of creating music for films that do not actually exist. Matthew looks at music for "Imaginary films", music written for films that don't exist and also scores for lost films. He interviews Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen from the production company "Two Steps From Hell" about the new phenomenon of "Epic Music" - a genre of orchestral music that has appeared from their creation of music for film trailers, which is often different from the music that features in the final film. The Classic Score of the week is from "Gaslight", a film that was nearly lost as Matthew explains.

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25 minutes

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Sat 14 May 2016 15:00

Music Played

  • John Alden Carpenter

    Persia Rising (from Lost Themes II)

    Performer: John Carpenter. Performer: Cody Carpenter. Performer: Daniel Davies.
    • Sacred Bones Records.
  • Franz Schreker

    Four Little Pieces for Full Orchestra

    Conductor: Peter Ruzicka. Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie‐Orchester Berlin.
    • Koch.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Accompanying Music to a Film Scene (Extract)

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI CLASSICS.
  • Neil Richardson

    Approaching Menace

    • Play It Again Sam.
  • Two Steps From Hell

    Photos in Darkness

    Ensemble: Two Steps From Hell.
  • Two Steps From Hell

    Invincible

    Ensemble: Two Steps From Hell.
    • Two Steps from Hell.
  • Globus

    Arcana

    Ensemble: Globus.
    • Imperativa Records.
  • Globus

    A Thousand Deaths

    Ensemble: Globus.
    • Imperativa Records.
  • audiomachine

    Whisper of Wonders

    Ensemble: audiomachine.
    • Audiomachine.
  • John Alden Carpenter

    Halloween - End Credits (20th Anniversary Recording)

    Conductor: John Carpenter. Orchestra: The Bowling Green Philharmonic.
    • VARESE SARABANDE.
  • John Alden Carpenter

    Angel's Asylum (from Lost Themes II)

    Performer: John Carpenter. Performer: Cody Carpenter. Performer: Daniel Davies.
    • Sacred Bones.
  • Bronislau Kaper

    Gaslight (1944) - Opening Credits

    Orchestra: MGM Studio Orchestra.
  • Richard Addinsell

    Gaslight - Prelude (1939)

    Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn. Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
    • ASV.
  • Heitor Pereira

    Angry Birds (2016) - Angry Birds Movie Score Medley

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.

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