Essentials: Film music from E.T., Star Wars and Vertigo

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Under the baton of Stéphane Denève, the Concertgebouworkest performs iconic film music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Bernard Herrmann, John Williams and others.

Essentials: Film music from E.T., Star Wars and Vertigo
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Under the baton of Stéphane Denève, the Concertgebouworkest performs iconic film music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Bernard Herrmann, John Williams and others.

Brilliant music for romantic adventure films about duelling musketeers.

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About this concert

The Concertgebouworkest has organised all its concert programmes in January to reflect the theme ‘Made in America’.

‘America is the only country which is home to so-called film composers. Outside the US, there are composers who occasionally work on a film,’ claimed Bernard Herrmann, the composer who set his terrifying seal on many of Alfred Hitchcock’s films in the 1950s and 60s. The US continues to be the country which produces the most film music. But the days when film music was dismissed as second-rate are well and truly over. Various film scores have since earned a well-deserved place in the orchestral repertoire.

No such programme would be complete without John Williams, of course. After all, what would Steven Spielberg or George ‘Star Wars’ Lucas have done without him? Then there’s Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who was an acclaimed opera composer in Vienna until the threat of Nazism forced him to flee to California. His sense of theatre was put to good use, as he composed brilliant scores for romantic adventure films about duelling musketeers and passionate love stories. 

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