51. Creating The Sound of Hollywood: Korngold's The Sea Hawk


Aug 18 2020 • 15 mins

Erich Korngold was one of the composers who invented the sound of Hollywood - and his music for The Sea Hawk (a 1940 Erol Flynn swashbuckler) is passionate, exhilarating and hugely influences our very ideas of what film music should sound like.

Total listen time 36mins [podcast plus music]

I talk about all this with my pal, Lev Parikian.

Music here:

Though the "overture" gets played in concerts, it doesn't really exist as a thing that gets recorded! Mostly people record a suite - giving you more of Korngold's great music...

So here are my recommendations:

I've selected my favourite bits (all the stuff Lev and I talked about) on Spotify:

Top conductor Vladimir Jurowski has made a suite of his favourite bits and it's here on Youtube:

complete with clips from the film and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia.

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