Film Music Fridays - Episode 9

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You Only Live Twice (1967), by John Barry

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We are back with the newest episode of Film Music Fridays, narrated by CineConcerts President, Producer & Conductor Justin Freer! In this week’s episode, Justin talks about John Barry’s very memorable and iconic score to You Only Live Twice, the 1967 Bond film starring Sean Connery. This would be the fourth 007 film Barry scored in the franchise. Justin talks about a specific scene in the film which contains a very distinct style of composition by Barry that gives it a sense of weight and sighs through big brass chords and melodies with minor ninths that were distinct to Barry’s composing style.

John Barry, one of the true masters of the film composing craft, composed the scores for 11 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also arranged and performed the "James Bond Theme" to the first film in the series, 1962's Dr. No. He wrote the Grammy and Academy Award-winning scores to the films Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa, as well as the theme for the British television cult series The Persuaders!, in a career spanning over 50 years. In 1999, he was appointed OBE for services to music.

Read more at Wikipedia here.

Cue from scene discussed:

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Composer John Barry

What’s Next?

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Stay tuned for the next episode of Film Music Fridays on Friday, May 17th, where we will be featuring Basil Poledouris’ awesome score to Starship Troopers!