The evocative sounds of John Barry

John Barry was one of the greatest British composers of the last century. There, I said it and I’m sticking to it. Barry’s soundtrack scores don’t just evoke their subject, they’ve shaped the way we all perceive those genres. Medieval epic? Listen to his score for The Lion In Winter or Mary, Queen of Scots. Swinging , mod England in the 60s? Barry’s very first credit was for a juvenile delinquency film called Beat Girl and it sets the stage for a decade of groove, baby. Spy movies? Oh, just the theme for Agent 007 of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. We literally cannot imagine what those genres would sound like without John Barry. This is important music, as expressive and ingenious as the works of Britten, Walton, or Vaughan Williams. Have a listen to the small sampler below from John Barry.

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