John Barry: 1933 – 2011

Raise the Titanic Suite by John Barry – performed by the City of Prague Orchestra.

No images – just the music (the way it should be – just let it sweep over you).

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I must admit, words fail me. I am dreadful at writing obituaries, especially for artists who are so close to my heart. I cannot tell you how many hours, I have tapped away at this keyboard with Barry’s music playing in the background.

So I’ll throw to some of my like-minded internet friends, for their thoughts on one of the true musical greats.

John Barry: 1933-2011,” by Armstrong Sabian -Mister 8

R.I.P., John Barry,” by Tanner – Double O Section

Sound of the Cimbalon–On the Death of John Barry,” by Rob Mallows – The Deighton Dossier

And finally, from one of my favourite Barry scores, below are Ivan Foxwell’s liner notes for The Quiller Memorandum:

‘John Barry, who wrote the score for THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM, is a composer who is not only highly gifted but also possesses an unusual and explorative flair for motion pictures. His brilliant score is the result of weeks of study and collaboration throughout the production.’

‘He has abandoned all conventional movie styles and his music magnificently complements the mounting dramatic impact of this most unusual story.’

I think those words could be applied to most of his work. He will be missed.

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