A Thing or Two About a Tune or Two : Sounds Good to Me

Aside from being extremely disappointed by the lack of diversity amongst the Academy Award nominees, I am getting wrapped up in the awards season excitement. To be honest, I just really like the sparkly dresses and shoes!!!! (oooo, sparkles….)



In my last post, I wrote about the Academy Award nominated composers, which got me thinking about great movie soundtracks that feature classical music. If you are unfamiliar with these films and their soundtracks, you MUST check them out. Like a true “collaborative artist” they perfectly accompany their films and are striking standalone pieces.

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” stands out as one of the scariest thrillers. We can thank the film’s composer Bernarnd Herrmann, a longtime Hitchcock collaborator, for never wanting to shower again.

Maurice Jarre’s stunning score to “Doctor Zhivago” transports us to magical, mystical Russia. Here is “Lara’s Theme”, the most recognizable and beloved tune from the film.

Stanley Kubrick made classical cool again when he featured several orchestral pieces in his “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Perhaps the most recognizable tune is Richard Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra” which provides a monumental opening for the Kubrick classic.

You may not be familiar with the Russian film The Commissar, but it features the music of composer Alfred Schnittke. It’s worth diving into and taking a listen.

Did your favorite soundtrack not make the list? Let us know. We love talking about and supporting great music here at Refinersfire.

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