Category Archives: Film Music Course

Film music as lens: another way to study cinema

It’s the same for Episode VIII as in IV, V, VI, as it was in I, II, III and more recently in VII. No this isn’t a spoiler. No I won’t give anything away. I just saw the most recent … Continue reading

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TSO, Reineke and Williams

Roy Thomson Hall was jammed tonight, fans of every age including parents & their children. The programme presented by the Toronto Symphony was a small sampling of the film music of John Williams. There’s no mistaking the interest. In 2016 … Continue reading

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Inter-textual Strauss

Composer Richard Strauss often dropped subtle references to other works into his scores. We’re accustomed to this in poetry, drama or film, where a quote can add depths to our experience, but it’s especially powerful when we recall how abstract … Continue reading

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Psycho and the art of horror with the Toronto Symphony

For Halloween the Toronto Symphony presented their latest film with a live accompaniment, namely Psycho. A film buff might call it “Hitchcock’s Psycho.“ A film-music buff might prefer “Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho” which is closer to how I see it. Without … Continue reading

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Scary music in Theatres of Terror

Halloween is still several weeks away but already terror is more than a gleam in the eye of some. Opera By Request are presenting Carl Maria von Weber’s gothic masterpiece Der Freischutz on Friday Sept 18th.  There will be no … Continue reading

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Don’t miss Stanley Kubrick at TIFF

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition is currently on at TIFF Bell Lightbox until January 25th. You know it’s a happening when you see people dressed in special costumes. When the droog is actually a polite gentleman sharing quips with no threats … Continue reading

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Cinematic Music- How We Hear Film: a course at the Royal Conservatory

I’m teaching a course at the Royal Conservatory of Music called “Cinematic Music- How We Hear Film” (register here). There are many ways to teach the history of film. Do you see directors as the key to understanding cinema? Then … Continue reading

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