Music & Soundtracks
Web sites dedicated to classic movie music, soundtracks, lyrics, and film scores.
This link will take you to the Film Music section of this extensive site moderated by Roger Hall, composer and musicologist. The site includes a regularly updated section devoted to film composers, including news, CD and DVD reviews, articles, and listings of the best film music scores of the 20th century.
Lukas Kendall’s “Online Magazine of Motion Picture and Television Music Appreciation” looks great and has lots of info, including a way for you to search for that film score you’ve always wanted to find.
Literally everything you ever wanted to know about sound on film, and then some. Definitions, discussions, and bibliography. Of particular interest is an article on the early history of film sound.
As mentioned in our last set of Best New Links, Jan Hovers offers you six “floors” of RealAudio recordings of 78 rpm records, most of which will be of great interest to classic film fans — including Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Deanna Durbin, Charles Chaplin, and more.
A site which began as a way to share classical music files, its aim today is to “bridge the divide” between classical and film music, and to build a catalogue of sheet music, MIDI files and MP3 files, along with articles, reviews and reference material about composers and their music.
A commercial site that offers thousands of pieces of “digital sheet music” from Warner Bros. Publishing and Mel Bay Publications, as well as a catalog of tens of thousands of traditional printed music titles. This link takes you directly to the movies section.
Digitally remastered music from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, including Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more.
A great online source of hard-to-find movie soundtrack recordings. You can also listen to streaming audio of movie music in the new Soundtrack Cafe.
Experience the thrill of the early silents with new music by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton. On this site you’ll find samples, performance schedules, links to purchase their work, and more.
If you’re a collector of movie soundtracks and scores, you’ll like this way to track prices from various internet auction sites, making it the only online filmscore price guide.
The emphasis here is on the music, with a great selection of the kind of stuff that appeals to classic film fans, vintage artists from the 20s to the 50s, including Armstrong, Belafonte, Darin, Ellington, Holiday, Orbison and Sinatra.
A great collection of Cole Porter lyrics by Todd Peach, from “Ace in the Hole” to “You’re the Top.” There’s also a biography. Click on the Home Page link for other lyrics collections.
Not only was Frank one of the best actors in Hollywood, but the guy could sing a little bit, too. Todd Peach has collected the lyrics to over 900 classic Sinatra songs, from “Accentuate the Positive” to “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah.”