For February 2020, the #ClassicsaDay team chose film music as its theme. What exactly is the intersection of classical and film music? Share your answers with a post on Twitter or Facebook, with a link to musical examples. Some film composers began in the classical world. And some film composers have transitioned to classical music.
For my selections this month, I focused on composers in the classical world who also wrote for film, and the musical selections exclusively from their movie work.
Here were my selections for the second week of #ClassicaDay #ClassicalFilmScore.
02/10/20 George Antheil: In a Lonely Place
This 1947 film noir starred and was produced by Humphrey Bogart. Originally a modest success, it’s since been entered on the National Film Registry. Bogart’s performance is considered to be one of his best.
02/11/20 Elisabeth Lutyens: Doctor Terror’s House of Horrors
This 1965 anthology film starred Peter Cushing as Dr. Schreck (“terror” in German). Also cast in the five stories were Christopher Lee and Donald Sutherland.
02/12/20 Benjamin Britten: Night Mail
The 1936 film is considered one of the most important and influential British documentaries. Britten’s score provides accompaniment to verse commentary written by W.H. Auden.
02/13/20 Pierre Boulez: La symphonie mécanique
French film theorist Jean Mitry produced this 1955 movie. Six years earlier, he directed Pacific 231, for which Arthur Honegger provided the score.
02/14/20 Hugo Alfven: Mans kvinna
“Man’s Woman” was a 1933 novel by Swedish novelist Vilhelm Mogerg. The film adaptation premiered in 1945.