Admirers of Glenn Gould will know how diverse his creative tastes and interests were.
He was a great devotee of cinema and was especially interested in the contribution that music made to film. His own forays into music for film, the scores for Slaughterhouse Five (1972) and the film adaptation of Timothy Findley's The Wars (1983), show his enthusiasm for the medium, along with his extended legacy of television productions about music.
Called THE SOUND OF MOVIES: Masters of the Film Score, we think Gould would have been delighted to see this year's edition of The Toronto Jewish Film Festival with a 12-part series celebrating the Jewish composers who create the music for the movies, through the artistry of the film score.
Alex North (Spartacus, A Streetcar Named Desire) is just one of the outstanding screen composers spotlighted in this special series, which showcases rare documentaries and feature films, with music by Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Aaron Copland, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Bernard Herrmann, Lalo Schifrin, Max Steiner, Miklos Rozsa and many, many more!
With SPECIAL GUESTS: David Shire (The Conversation, Saturday Night Fever, The Taking of Pelham One, Two Three, Norma Rae); Steven North (Emmy-Award Producer of The Last Butterfly, featuring his father Alex North’s last score); and Canadian composer Mychael Danna.
“I have often felt that if you could perform a magical act of alchemy and combine some of the great Russian-Soviet composers, say Shostakovich or Prokoviev, with Duke Ellington or Billy Strayhorn, you might produce a wonder such as Alex North.” – John Williams