28 January 2022


Hurray for Hollywood! Iconic film music from Vertigo, Star Wars and E.T.

The Silver Screen

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January 2022 Friday 21:00
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Alfred Newman 20th Century Fox Fanfare
Erich Korngold The Sea Hawk
Bernard Herrmann Vertigo: Prelude/The Nightmare, Scene d'amour
John Williams E.T.: Adventures on Earth
John Williams Star Wars: Princess Leia's Theme
John Williams Star Wars: Main Title

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

‘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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