Film Score of the Month: “Moonlight”

This movie is so beautiful – please watch it if you haven’t already. Here are a few of my thoughts on the score by Nicholas Britell:

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Analysis (Part 1/2): “Sonatine M.40, 2. Movement de menuet” by Maurice Ravel

This piece of music has long been one of my absolute favorites. From the first sparkling, crystalline chords, this short movement from Ravel’s “Sonatine” seems to cast a magical spell that lasts until the last clanging bell tones of the coda fade into silence. Here’s my analysis of the first half of the score, but I have to admit that ultimately there’s no way to intellectually explain why the piece is so emotional for me.

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TV Score of the Month: “Stranger Things”

 

Like everyone else on the planet, I’ve been geeking out over Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s score for the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” An homage to the works of classic 80’s artists and composers like Giorgio Moroder, Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, and John Carpenter, the score is full of the warm, nostalgic sound of analog synthesizers, and is an impressive piece of dramatic storytelling. Continue reading