Narnia Composer Interviewed on “The Score”

Posted May 24, 2010 6:13 am by starkat

Composer Harry Gregson-Williams was on All Classical 89.9 weekly program called “The Score” this week. He did not talk much about Narnia, but he did touch on how he got into composing film music as well as some of the movies he has done over the years. To hear the program, click here, go to On Demand and look for “The Score.” It will be up for approximately two weeks.

Thanks to Second Rose for sending this in!

22 Comments For This Story

  • narnian resident says:

    woh, first. now thats cool. anyway, i love him. he is such a talented music writer.

  • narnianmusiclover says:

    Yeah, he’s definitely talented. I really love the scores for Lion and PC, and I hope David Arnold continues the legacy through his music for VDT.

  • ernesto says:

    This very well what they sent me to music in the movie The Chronicles of Narnia traveler’s journey tambn Alba and that is a bit too fast so they are ready for December 10, 2010

  • Eustace says:

    That’s really cool.

  • Narnia-Fan1 says:

    I love the music he has composed, for shrek, kingdom of heaven but above all for the narnia movies! He’s a really talented composer!

  • adamie says:

    I love all his scores. I’m gonna see PoP after my exams. Not sure if it’s gonna be a good film, but I’m a fan of the game franchise, so I should give it chance. I love all Harry Gregson-Williams scores. especially Logan through Time is just so amazing, I can keep listening to that one.

  • Violamom says:

    Thanks for the link! The show is full of lengthy excerpts of Shrek (hate the movies, love the music), Chicken Run, the upcoming Prince of Persia, X-Men Origins, the Chronicles of Narnia and finally Kingdom of Heaven. It’s interesting to hear of his work with Hans Zimmer and John Powell (two of my other favorite film composers) and how he got into film composition. You can certainly hear many similarities between his other films and Narnia. It’s worth listening to, even though it’s very long (the Narnia segment starts around the 47 min. mark). When the Narnia films finally come up, he talks of his choice in instruments, and is very gracious about the fact that David Arnold is doing Dawn Treader. ("You shouldn’t have a monopoly on these things…I’ve very excited to see what David…is going to do.") The interview finishes with his choral work on Kingdom of Heaven, his future projects, and his feelings on the impact (both negative and positive) music has on the storytelling of a film. The total length is just under an hour, but as I said before, well worth the time. Thanks again for posting this! 🙂 <><

  • Countess Shamira says:

    I couldn’t get it to do right.

  • iLiveInNarnia says:

    i love him! He did such a good job on both the movies!

  • Liberty Hoffman says:

    wow! cool!

  • elanor says:

    I loved his music for Narnia. I have been wondering about the new score by Arnold…what will it be like? Has anybody heard anything?

  • Jill Pole says:

    listening to the music from prince caspian makes my day! I LOVE IT!

  • 8SilverSky says:

    I didn’t even know they had programs like these! I really enjoyed it! I already had the scores for Shrek 1 & 2, and now I’m getting ready to get the third! The Prince of Persia score is really, really enjoyable too! Not to forget the Narnia score. The Narnia score was the one that made me realize that my favourite type of music is soundtrack music. My first soundtrack CD 🙂 Harry-Gregson Williams, you’re awesome!

    • narnian resident says:

      i agree that the Prince of Persia soundtrack is very enjoyable! when i went to see the movie (twice too, it was so awesome!) i came straight home and listened to its soundtrack on youtube, and when i heard it, and saw who the composer was, i was like, "wow! this soundtrack is AMAZING! and no wonder! Harry did it :-D!". i absolutely loved that movie.

  • Lucy Skywalker says:

    when will the soundtrack be released? and are there any new themes in the film?
    i love the narnia music, i play it in orchestra 😉

  • Bookwyrm says:

    Does he talk about why PC was almost exactly the same score as LWW with the music just moved around a little and a few extra bits thrown in?

    • Omac the centaur says:

      it gives PC its own sound wile still having the same narnia music. I like the way they did it.

  • Roger says:

    Thanks for the link to this interview. I enjoyed it very much. Made a copy for myself so that I can enjoy it again. Harry writes some great music.

  • narnian resident says:

    hey i had just gone to see Prince of Persia, and i loved the music in that movie so much i wondered, "who composed it?" well, it was none other than Harry Gregson-Williams! i got all giddy and went home and listened to the soundtrack on youtube, and MAN this is one of the best soundtracks i’ve ever heard! i highly suggest narniawebbers to go see Prince of Persia, and definately listen to the soundtrack. it is obvious that Gregson-Williams did it, cuz its SO AMAZING! and the movie was so amazing too i went to go see it again, and im labeling it one of my favorite movies, next to Narnia 😀

    • Lillyput90 says:

      I saw PoP yesterday and while I did think it was a brilliant movie, I was very disappointed in it’s soundtrack:(. There were just NO memorable themes! I heard an odd combination of Prince Caspian music mixed with Pirates of the Caribbean. Hardly any use of ethnic instruments (only a hint at the very start). I wish Hans Zimmer had composed Prince of Persia, it would have doubled it’s culture and memorability! Every new movie that I hear Harry Gregson-William’s scores in leaves me feeling like he just can’t come up with anything new:(. His work on LWW was good, Prince Caspian left something to be desired, and PoP just didn’t reflect Persian or Arabian culture at all, which is why I like Hans Zimmer better! At least he adds culture, I mean just listen to Pirates of the Caribbean, Kung Fu Panda, The Prince of Egypt, and any other movie he scored. You remember the themes, the cultures, the brilliant ethnic instruments blended with traditional symphony, all the things that Gregson-Williams lacks. Sigh!