I friend of mine in the industry said once that the best classical music being written today is being written for the movies, and after listening to scores by James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and, of course, John Williams, I have to agree. Although we have a small amount of film music in our mix, is it time to widen the scope and add quite a bit more, or are there objections to even classifying these works as “classical,” and if not, why not?
Speaking of movie music, did anyone catch Studio 360 on Sunday 2/19? The studio guest was Rachel Portman - the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Filmscore. (1996, Emma) It was enlightening to hear her talk about the process...and about power the film composer has. This is the one segment of the movie that the director isn't, well, *directing*. It's worth a listen.
I think a broadening the range of movie music beyond The Gadfly would be great!