Celebration of film music

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AFTER concert music by composers best known for writing film music this last Tuesday, the concert season at Sheffield University continues at Firth Hall this Sunday with the first of two evenings of film music.

Given by the University Wind Orchestra, it includes music by Nino Rota the centenary of whose birth, like Bernard Herrmann, occurs this year.

Rota was hugely prolific with, as well as 152 film scores, some 150 other works: operas, ballets, choral, orchestral and chamber music, to his name.

Cinematically, he was especially noted for his work with Federico Fellini, but he also scored films for the equally famous likes of Visconti, Zeffirelli and Francis Ford Coppola for whom he provided the music for the Godfather films.

It is these that represent him on Sunday in an arrangement of his music from them, Godfather Saga.

Included elsewhere is music by Ennio Morricone, John Williams, including the Theme from Schindler’s List, Vaughan Williams (Prelude to The 49th Parallel), plus music from The Jungle Book, Pirates of the Caribbean and Eric Whitacre’s Godzilla Eats Las Vegas soundtrack.

The second concert of film music, from the University Symphony Orchestra, is on March 6.

Other concerts in the season organised by the Department of Music worth noting include Bach, Kurtág, Hindemith, Shostakovich, Schumann and Brahms from Robin Ireland and Tim Horton on March 1.

Different sounds are heard when Dilzar Shanga drops in with his band to play Kurdish music on March 8, while Indian Classical music is on offer from Harjinder Pal Singh (santoor), Roopa Panesar (sitar) and Kousic Sen (tabla) on March 22.