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Music for Dragons

With the release of the third in the series of How To Train Your Dragon, composer John Powell talks to Matthew Sweet about his methods for composing for a major franchise

The film franchise is a major part of the modern cinematic world, and the role of the composer is a major contributory factor to the success of the franchise. Matthew Sweet looks back on music for some notable modern franchises and talks to composer John Powell about the way he approached scoring the Dreamworks franchise 'How To Train Your Dragon', the third of which - 'The Hidden World' - has just been launched.

The programme also features music by John Williams, Howard Shore and Brian Tyler.

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29 minutes

Music Played

  • John Williams

    Star Wars - A New Hope (1977) - The Throne Room and End Title

    Orchestra: Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • John Williams Conducts John Williams - The Star Wars Trilogy.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 13.
  • John Williams

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) - The Rebellion Is Reborn

    Conductor: John Williams. Choir: Los Angeles Master Chorale. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
    • Walt Disney Records.
    • 7.
  • Marvin Hamlisch

    The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - Bond '77

    • The Spy Who Loved Me (Original Motion Picture Score).
    • EMI Records USA.
    • 2.
  • Brian Tyler

    Thor: The Dark World (2013) - Title

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Thor: The Dark World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • Hollywood Records.
    • 1.
  • Howard Shore

    Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001) - Concerning Hobbits

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Terry Edwards. Choir: London Voices.
    • The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (Original Motion Picture Sound.
    • Reprise Records.
    • 2.
  • Howard Shore

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) - The Adventure Begins

    Choir: London Voices. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Howard Shore.
    • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
    • WaterTower Music.
    • 6.
  • Harry Gregson‐Williams

    Shrek (2001): Fairytale

    Composer: John Powell. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Choir: Metro Voices. Conductor: Gavin Greenaway.
    • Shrek (Original Motion Picture Score).
    • Varèse Sarabande.
    • 1.
  • John Powell

    How To Train Your Dragon (2010) - This Is Berk

    Performer: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Greenaway. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • How To Train Your Dragon (Music From The Motion Picture).
    • Varese Sarabande.
    • 1.
  • John Powell

    How To Train Your Dragon (2010) - Forbidden Friendship

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Greenaway.
    • How To Train Your Dragon 2 - Music from the Motion Picture.
    • Varese Sarabande.
    • 8.
  • John Powell

    How To Train Your Dragon (2010) - Test Drive

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Greenaway.
    • How To Train Your Dragon (Music From The Motion Picture).
    • Varese Sarabande.
    • 11.
  • John Powell

    How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) - Hiccup Confronts Drago

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • How To Train Your Dragon 2 - Music from the Motion Picture.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 13.
  • John Powell

    How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) - Stoick's Ship

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Greenaway.
    • How To Train Your Dragon 2 - Music from the Motion Picture.
    • Varese Sarabande.
    • 8.
  • John Powell

    How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) - Hidden World

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Original Soundtrack).
    • Backlot Music.
    • 13.
  • John Powell

    The Prize Is Still Mine

    • Hubris: Choral Works By John Powell.
    • 5 Cat Studios.
    • 1.
  • John Powell

    How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) - Once There Were Dragons

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Original Soundtrack).
    • Backlot Music.
    • 16.

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