Film music is ‘like a tapestry woven into the visuals’ says composer Grace Hancock. We chat to her about her approach to creating a score
Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful is currently proving magical at the box office – and it also features another wondrous score from Danny Elfman. I take a look back at the remarkable career of the endlessly inventive composer – one of the most creative individuals in the world of film music.
Every year, I list three film score discoveries – in other words, film scores I’ve come across for the first time. In 2012, I was swept away by the scores for The Russia House, The Luzhin Defence and Something the Lord Made.
It was another eclectic and interesting year in the world of film scores. Here I select my top 10 from 2012.
Elmer Bernstein was one of the greatest film composers ever to have lived, and he invested innumerable movies with his graceful touch. To Kill a Mockingbird may well be his masterpiece, a gorgeous score full of lyrical nostalgia. 2012 marks the 50 year anniversary of both film and score.