London Symphony Orchestra filmography

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The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has been associated with the cinema since the days of silent film. During the 1920s the orchestra played scores arranged and conducted by Eugene Goossens to accompany screenings of The Three Musketeers (1922), The Nibelungs (1924), The Constant Nymph (1927) and The Life of Beethoven (1929).[1]

Since 1935 the LSO has recorded the musical scores of more than 200 films.[1] The orchestra owed its engagement for its first run of soundtrack sessions to Muir Mathieson, musical director of Korda Studios. On the LSO's website, the film specialist Robert Rider calls Mathieson "the most important single figure in the early history of British film music, who enlisted Bliss to write a score for Things to Come, and who was subsequently responsible for bringing the most eminent British 20th-century composers to work for cinema."[2] Mathieson described the LSO as "the perfect film orchestra". Among the composers commissioned by Mathieson for LSO soundtracks were Vaughan Williams, Walton, Britten and Malcolm Arnold and lighter composers including Eric Coates and Noël Coward.[3]

As a pinnacle of Mathieson's collaboration with the LSO, Rider cites the 1946 film Instruments of the Orchestra, a film record of the LSO at work. Malcolm Sargent conducted the orchestra in a performance of Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, composed for the film. Rider adds, "Mathieson's documentary, with its close-ups of the musicians and their instruments, beautifully captures the vibrancy and texture of the Orchestra amidst the optimism of the post-Second World War era."[2]

A later milestone in the LSO's history in film music was in 1977 with the recording of John Williams's score for the first of the seven Star Wars films. Rider comments that this film and its sequels "attracted a new group of admirers and consolidated the period of film music activity for the Orchestra, which continues unabated to this day".[2] The LSO also recorded other Williams film scores, including Superman (1978), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).[4]

List[edit]

Film Year Composer Conductor
Things to Come 1935 Arthur Bliss Muir Mathieson
Sanders of the River 1935 Mischa Spolianski Muir Mathieson
The Robber Symphony 1936 Friedrich Feher Friedrich Feher
Elephant Boy 1937 John Greenwood Muir Mathieson
Victoria the Great 1937 Anthony Collins Muir Mathieson
The Mikado 1938 Arthur Sullivan Geoffrey Toye
The Four Feathers 1939 Miklós Rózsa Muir Mathieson
Music for the People 1940 Various Sir Henry Wood
You Will Remember 1940 Various Percival Mackey
Major Barbara 1941 William Walton Muir Mathieson
Dangerous Moonlight[n 1] 1941 Richard Addinsell Muir Mathieson
49th Parallel 1941 Ralph Vaughan Williams Muir Mathieson
Jeannie 1941 Mischa Spolianski Percival Mackey
The Common Touch 1941 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Kennedy Russell
The Day Will Dawn 1942 Richard Addinsell Muir Mathieson
First of the Few 1942 William Walton Muir Mathieson
In Which We Serve 1942 Noël Coward Muir Mathieson
The Flemish Farm 1943 Ralph Vaughan Williams Muir Mathieson
The People's Land 1943 Ralph Vaughan Williams Muir Mathieson
The Gentle Sex 1943 John Greenwood Muir Mathieson
Health of a Nation 1943 David Moule Evans Muir Mathieson
I'll Walk Beside You 1943 ? Percival Mackey
Yellow Canary 1943 Clifton Parker Muir Mathieson
Henry V 1944 William Walton Muir Mathieson
This Happy Breed 1944 Noël Coward Muir Mathieson
London Terminus 1944 Horace Somerville Muir Mathieson
Salute the Soldier 1944 Eric Coates Joe Batten
Out of Chaos 1944 Lennox Berkeley Muir Mathieson
Men of Rochdale 1944 John Greenwood Muir Mathieson
Song of the People 1944 Mischa Spoliansky Muir Mathieson
Blithe Spirit 1945 Richard Addinsell Muir Mathieson
The Second Freedom 1945 Hubert Clifford Muir Mathieson
For You Alone 1945 ? Harry Bidgood
I Live in Grosvenor Square 1945 Anthony Collins Muir Mathieson
Great Day 1945 William Alwyn Muir Mathieson
29 Acacia Avenue 1945 Clifton Parker Muir Mathieson
The Seventh Veil 1945 Benjamin Frankel Muir Mathieson
Stricken Peninsula 1945 Ralph Vaughan Williams Muir Mathieson
Burma Victory 1945 Alan Rawsthorne Muir Mathieson
Instruments of the Orchestra[n 2] 1946 Benjamin Britten Malcolm Sargent
The Rake's Progress 1946 William Alwyn Muir Mathieson
A Musical Masquerade 1946 Horace Shepherd
I'll Turn to You 1946 ? Harry Bidgood
I See a Dark Stranger 1946 William Alwyn Muir Mathieson
Green for Danger 1946 William Alwyn Muir Mathieson
Daybreak 1946 Benjamin Frankel Muir Mathieson
A Song of Thanksgiving 1946 William Alwyn Muir Mathieson
The Overlanders 1947 John Ireland Muir Mathieson
Hungry Hill 1947 John Greenwood Muir Mathieson
Odd Man Out 1947 William Alwyn Muir Mathieson
Avalanche Patrol 1947 Malcolm Arnold, Muir Mathieson John Hollingsworth
Black Narcissus 1947 Brian Easdale Brian Easdale
Take My Life 1947 William Alwyn Muir Mathieson
The Brothers 1947 Cedric Thorpe Davie Muir Mathieson
The Upturned Glass 1947 Bernard Stevens Muir Mathieson
They Made me a Fugitive 1947 M-F Gaillard John Hollingsworth
The Master of Bankdam 1947 Arthur Benjamin Muir Mathieson
The October Man 1947 Willam Alwyn Muir Mathieson
Uncle Silas 1947 Alan Rawsthorne Muir Mathieson
Down to the Sea 1948 Guy Warrack Guy Warrack
Easy Money 1948 Temple Abady Muir Mathieson
Good Time Girl 1948 Lambert Williamson John Hollingsworth
It's Hard to be Good 1948 Anthony Hopkins Muir Mathieson
The Mark of Cain 1948 Bernard Stevens Muir Mathieson
Miranda 1948 Temple Abady Muir Mathieson
Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill 1948 Allan Gray John Hollingsworth
My Brother's Keeper 1948 Clifton Parker John Hollingsworth
One Night With You 1948 Lambert Williamson John Hollingsworth
Portrait from Life 1948 Benjamin Frankel Muir Mathieson
Sleeping Car to Trieste 1948 Benjamin Frankel Muir Mathieson
Snowbound 1948 Cedric Thorpe Davie Muir Mathieson
This Modern Age (Women in Our Time) 1948 Malcolm Arnold, Clifton Parker John Hollingsworth
University of Flying 1948 Francis Chagrin John Hollingsworth
The Weaker Sex 1948 Arthur Wilkinson Muir Mathieson
A Boy, a Girl and a Bike 1949 Kenneth Pakeman John Hollingsworth
Alice in Wonderland 1949 Sol Kaplan Ernest Irving
Bad Lord Byron 1949 Cedric Thorpe Davie Muir Mathieson
Blue Lagoon 1949 Clifton Parker Muir Mathieson
Boys in Brown 1949 Doreen Carwithen John Hollingsworth
Cardboard Cavalier 1949 Lambert Williamson Muir Mathieson
Dear Mr. Prohack 1949 Temple Abady Muir Mathieson
Floodtide 1949 Robert Irving Robert Irving
Give Us This Day 1949 Benjamin Frankel Benjamin Frankel
Helter Skelter 1949 Francis Chagrin Muir Mathieson
It's Not Cricket 1949 Arthur Wilkinson John Hollingsworth
The Lost People 1949 John Greenwood Muir Mathieson
Madness of the Heart 1949 Allan Gray Muir Mathieson
Once Upon a Dream 1949 Arthur Wilkinson John Hollingsworth
The Spider and the Fly 1949 Georges Auric Muir Mathieson
Stop Press Girl 1949 Walter Goehr Walter Goehr
The Astonished Heart 1950 Noël Coward Muir Mathieson
They Were Not Divided 1950 Lambert Williamson Muir Mathieson
The Wooden Horse 1950 Clifton Parker Muir Mathieson
Giselle 1952 Adolphe Adam Sir Malcolm Sargent
The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan 1953 Arthur Sullivan Sir Malcolm Sargent
Nigerian Pattern 1954 ? John Hollingsworth
The Night My Number Came Up 1955 Malcolm Arnold Dock Mathieson
The Man Who Knew Too Much 1955 Bernard Herrmann Bernard Herrmann
Out of the Clouds 1955 Richard Addinsell Dock Mathieson
The Cockleshell Heroes 1955 John Addison Muir Mathieson
1984 1956 Malcolm Arnold Louis Levy
The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 Malcolm Arnold Malcolm Arnold
The 3 Worlds of Gulliver 1960 Bernard Herrmann Bernard Herrmann
Mysterious Island 1961 Bernard Herrmann Bernard Herrmann
Cleopatra 1963 Alex North Alex North
Rio Conchos 1964 Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith
Doctor Zhivago 1965 Maurice Jarre Maurice Jarre
The Sound of Music 1965 Richard Rodgers, Irwin Kostal Irwin Kostal
Oliver! 1968 Johnny Green Johnny Green
Song of Norway 1969 Edvard Grieg Øivin Fjeldstad
Crescendo 1969 Malcolm Williamson Philip Martell
The Music Lovers 1970 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky André Previn
Fiddler on the Roof 1971 John Williams John Williams
The Great American Cowboy 1973 Harold Farberman Harold Farberman
The Towering Inferno 1974 John Williams John Williams
Rollerball 1975 André Previn André Previn
Star Wars 1977 John Williams John Williams
The Fury 1978 John Williams John Williams
Michel's Mixed-Up Musical Bird 1978 Michel Legrand Michel Legrand
F.I.S.T. 1978 Bill Conti Bill Conti
Quintet 1978 Tom Pierson Tom Pierson
Superman 1978 John Williams John Williams
Dracula 1979 John Williams John Williams
The Brontë Sisters 1979 Philippe Sarde Carlo Savina
Tess 1979 Philippe Sarde Carlo Savina
The Empire Strikes Back 1980 John Williams John Williams
Omar Mukhtar, Lion of the Desert 1980 Maurice Jarre Maurice Jarre
Clash of the Titans 1981 Laurence Rosenthal Laurence Rosenthal
Les Ailes de la Colombe' 1981 Philippe Sarde Peter Knight
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 John Williams John Williams
Le Choix des Armes 1981 Philippe Sarde Peter Knight
Birgitt Haas Must Be Killed 1981 Philippe Sarde Peter Knight
Hôtel des Amériques 1981 Philippe Sarde Peter Knight
El Pueblo del Sol 1982 Lee Holdridge Lee Holdridge
Monsignor 1982 John Williams John Williams
Gandhi 1982 Ravi Shankar George Fenton
The Dark Crystal 1982 Trevor Jones Marcus Dods
A Royal Romance 1982 Richard Rodney Bennett Richard Rodney Bennett
Twice Upon a Time 1982 Dawn Atkinson, Ken Melville Dawn Atkinson
Brainstorm 1983 James Horner James Horner
Krull 1983 James Horner James Horner
Return of the Jedi 1983 John Williams John Williams
L'Été Meurtrier 1983 Georges Delerue Georges Delerue
Savage Islands 1983 Trevor Jones Marcus Dods
Lovesick 1983 Philippe Sarde Peter Knight
Digital Dreams 1983 Mike Batt, Bill Wyman Mike Batt
Never Say Never Again 1983 Michel Legrand Michel Legrand
Garcon! 1983 Philippe Sarde Peter Knight
The Dresser 1983 James Horner James Horner
Fort Saganne 1984 Philippe Sarde Carlo Savina
La Pirate 1984 Philippe Sarde Carlo Savina
Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets 1984 Bill Conti Bill Conti
The Masks of Death 1984 Malcolm Williamson Philip Martel
Lifeforce 1985 Henry Mancini Henry Mancini
Return to Oz 1985 David Shire David Shire
The Dirty Dozen, the Next Mission 1985 Richard Harvey Richard Harvey
Wild Geese II 1985 Roy Budd Roy Budd
Flesh and Blood 1985 Basil Poledouris Basil Poledouris
Plenty 1985 Bruce Smeaton Bruce Smeaton
Eleni 1985 Bruce Smeaton Bruce Smeaton
F/X 1985 Bill Conti Bill Conti
Aliens 1986 James Horner James Horner
An American Tail 1986 James Horner James Horner
The Nutcracker 1986 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Sir Charles Mackerras
Dancers 1987 Adolphe Adam Michael Tilson Thomas
A Summer Story 1987 Georges Delerue Georges Delerue
Willow (film) 1988 James Horner James Horner
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 Alan Silvestri Alan Silvestri
The Land Before Time 1988 James Horner James Horner
L'Ours 1988 Philippe Sarde Carlo Savina
Slipstream 1988 Elmer Bernstein Elmer Bernstein
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 1988 James Horner James Horner
Rarg 1989 Philip Appleby James Stobart
Little Nemo, Adventures in Slumberland 1989 Tom Chase, Steve Rucker Tom Chase
All Dogs Go to Heaven 1989 Ralph Burns Ralph Burns
L'Autrichienne 1989 Didier Vasseur David Snell
Suivez Cette Avion 1989 Didier Vasseur David Snell
Lord of the Flies 1989 Philippe Sarde Harry Rabinowitz
The Nutcracker Prince 1990 Victor Davies Boris Brott
Eve of Destruction 1990 Philippe Sarde Harry Rabinowitz
The Josephine Baker Story 1990 Georges Delerue Georges Delerue
Jesuit Joe 1990 Philippe Sarde Harry Rabinowitz
Pour Sacha 1990 Philippe Sarde Harry Rabinowitz
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 1991 James Horner James Horner
Appaloosa 1992 Carl Davis Carl Davis
The Thief and the Cobbler 1992 Robert Folk Robert Folk
Water Traveller 1993 Joe Hisaishi Nick Ingman
Once Upon a Forest 1993 James Horner James Horner
Shadowlands 1993 George Fenton George Fenton
The Man Without a Face 1993 James Horner James Horner
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 James Horner James Horner
Viva la Blanca Paloma 1993 Manolo Sanlucar Manolo Sanlucar
Le Petit Garcon 1993 Philippe Sarde Harry Rabinowitz
Schindler's List 1993 John Williams John Williams
Legends of the Fall 1994 James Horner James Horner
Immortal Beloved 1994 Ludwig van Beethoven Sir Georg Solti
The Pagemaster 1994 James Horner James Horner
Mary of Nazareth 1994 Olivier Lliboutry David Firman
Street Fighter 1994 Graeme Revell Tim Simonec
Little Women 1994 Thomas Newman Thomas Newman
Last of the Dogmen 1994 David Arnold Nicholas Dodd
Braveheart 1995 James Horner James Horner
Balto 1995 James Horner James Horner
Cutthroat Island 1995 John Debney David Snell
Mary Reilly 1995 George Fenton George Fenton
Flipper 1996 Joel McNeely Joel McNeely
Meet Wally Sparks 1996 Michel Colombier David Snell
Le Jaguar 1996 Vladimir Cosma Vladimir Cosma
Roseanna's Grave 1996 Trevor Jones Nick Ingham
Le Plus Beau Métier du monde 1996 Vladimir Cosma Vladimir Cosma
Soleil 1997 Vladimir Cosma Vladimir Cosma
Le Bossu 1997 Philippe Sarde David Snell
The Mighty 1997 Trevor Jones Geoff Alexander
Titanic 1997 James Horner James Horner
Asterix and Obelix versus Caesar 1998 Jean-Jacques Goldman, Roland Romanelli David Snell
Notting Hill 1999 Trevor Jones Geoff Alexander
Le Schpountz 1999 Vladimir Cosma Vladimir Cosma
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1999 John Williams John Williams
Le Fils de Français 1999 Vladimir Cosma Vladimir Cosma
Bored Silly 2000 Larry Pecorella Arnie Roth
The Luzhin Defence 2000 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
The Long Run 2000 Trevor Jones Geoff Alexander
The Body 2000 Serge Colbert David Snell
Thirteen Days 2000 Trevor Jones Geoff Alexander
Left Behind: The Movie 2000 James Covell James Covell
The Death of Klinghoffer 2001 John Adams John Adams
The Sedra Tree 2001 Mark Stevens Mark Stevens
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within 2001 Elliot Goldenthal Dirk Brossé
Phoenix Blue 2001 Stewart Parsons Chris Austin
Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra 2001 Philippe Chany David Snell
Crossroads 2001 Trevor Jones Geoff Alexander
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2002 John Williams John Williams
Dreams Without Sleep 2002 Mark Stevens Mark Stevens
Conspiracy of Silence 2002 David Butterworth David Butterworth
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 John Williams William Ross
I'll Be There 2002 Trevor Jones Geoff Alexander
Inquietudes 2003 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2003 Trevor Jones Geoff Alexander
Around the World in 80 Days 2004 Trevor Jones Geoff Alexander
Upside of Anger 2004 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
Birth 2004 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 Patrick Doyle James Shearman
Wah-Wah 2005 Patrick Doyle James Shearman
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 John Williams John Williams
Hostage 2005 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
Halim 2006 Ammar El Sherei Nick Ingman
A Throw of Dice 2006 Nitin Sawhney Nitin Sawhney
The Queen 2006 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
Eragon 2006 Patrick Doyle James Shearman
Sleuth 2007 Patrick Doyle James Shearman
The Last Legion 2007 Patrick Doyle James Shearman
Copying Beethoven 2007 Antoni Lazarkiewicz Benjamin Wallfisch
The Golden Compass 2007 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
Largo Winch 2008 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 2008 Randy Edelman Randy Edelman
Coco Before Chanel 2009 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
Chéri 2009 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
Iron Cross 2009 Roger Bellon
Tamara Drewe 2010 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
The Special Relationship 2010 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
The King's Speech (source music) 2011 L. van Beethoven & W.A. Mozart Terry Davies
A Better Life 2011 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
Thor 2011 Patrick Doyle James Shearman
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
The Ides of March 2011 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 2012 Nitin Sawhney Nitin Sawhney
Marvel's The Avengers 2012 Alan Silvestri Alan Silvestri
Rise of the Guardians 2012 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
Zero Dark Thirty 2012 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
Brave 2012 Patrick Doyle James Shearman
The Three Musketeers 2013 Alexey Shelygin Nick Ingman
The Imitation Game 2014 Alexandre Desplat Alexandre Desplat
Cinderella 2015 Patrick Doyle James Shearman

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Morrison, pp. 277–283
  2. ^ a b c "LSO and Film Music", London Symphony Orchestra, accessed 16 July 2012
  3. ^ Morrison, pp. 277–279
  4. ^ Morrison, p. 280
  1. ^ Featured the Warsaw Concerto, with Louis Kentner as soloist
  2. ^ Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra was composed for this film

Sources

  • Morrison, Richard (2004). Orchestra. London: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-21584-X.