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Top 5: Classical Music in Films

Posted on 23 Mar 2016 by Cristina Maldonado

"The Shining". Picture by Adam Polselli.

Here’s our Top 5 Classical Music moments in Films. Thank to all of you who helped put this list together.

Out of Africa (1985)
This American romantic drama features stunning African landscape photography complemented by Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622 – Adagio.

Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Air Cavalry regiment plays Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries on helicopter-mounted loudspeakers during their assault on a Vietnamese village as psychological warfare and to motivate their own troops.

Billy Elliot (2000)
On the final scene Billy Elliot dances Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake while his emotionally overwhelmed father watches his triumphant performance.

Truman Show (1998)
Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca sets the perfect mood as Truman makes his way into his office, totally unaware that his life is part of a massive TV set.

Melancholia (2011)
As a planet hustles toward a collision course with Earth, Wagner’s Tristan & Isolda adds a poetical apocalyptic sense to the film’s prelude.


THOMAS NEWMAN American Beauty (selections)
HERRMANN Psycho: A Suite for Strings
TIMOTHY CONSTABLE New work for strings and percussion (World Premiere)
BARTÓK Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta