Archive for November, 2009

Sunday Brunch, ABC Radio 702 Sydney (Interview 15 November 2009)

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Simon Marnie of ABC Radio 702 dropped into CG’s home to discuss the composer’s work and find out what his three favourite films, books and pieces of music are.

Simon’s webpage can be found here.

Listen here to Sunday Brunch:

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Grace Notes, ABC Classic FM (Interview 4 November 2009)

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Emma Ayres of ABC Classic FM interviews CG about Mao’s Last Dancer and film music generally.
Emma’s webpage, with her series of podcasts known as Grace Notes, can be found here.

Christopher Gordon – Australia’s First Film Composer?
Master and Commander, Salem’s Lot, Mao’s Last Dancer. All films which are impossible to imagine without that crucial and sometimes intangible element, the music. Christopher Gordon composed the music for all these films and more besides; find out about inspiration, contracts and replying to the hardest question a composer can be asked…….

Listen here:

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HornConcerto.net (Blog 2009)

Monday, November 16th, 2009

CG has kept a blog at www.HornConcerto.net in which he talks about the process of composing Lightfall for Horn and Orchestra from a personal and revealing point of view.

Lightfall for Horn and Orchestra

Lightfall for Horn and Orchestra

Salem’s Lot (Interview 2004)

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

CG discusses his score with Glen Aitken in an interview for this website. It can be read here.

Salem's Lot

Master and Commander (Interview 2004)

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

In an interview exclusive to this website CG discusses the composition and recording of the score to Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Gary Dalkin. It can be read here.

Scoring Master and Commander: Richard Tognetti, Christopher Gordon, Iva Davies

Scoring Master and Commander: Richard Tognetti, Christopher Gordon, Iva Davies

Much Ado About Something (Interview 2004)

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

In an interview made especially for this website CG discusses his score with Glen Aitken. It can be found here.

Much Ado About Something

Much Ado About Something

Sydney Symphony Education Kit 2004 (Interview March 2004)

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Carol Coomber interviews CG about his Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra.

How did the idea for a bass trombone concerto come about?

Christopher Harris has performed on a lot of film scores that I have either composed or orchestrated. I first noticed the wonderful rich, noble tone he has in early 1997 when he had a short 2 bar (!) solo in Roger Mason’s score for the film Joey which I orchestrated. Over the years at SSO concerts I noted that when required Chris could rhythmically drive the entire orchestra from up there in the back seat.

Christopher Harris, Bass Trombone

Christopher Harris, Bass Trombone
(Photo: Bridget Elliot)

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Music Forum (Interview 10 March 2002)

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Leah Curtis interviews CG for Music Forum, the magazine of the Music Council of Australia. You can read it here.

ABC Radio National (Interview February – March 2000)

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Radio producer, Karen Cambrell made a radio documentary for ABC Radio National
that followed the composition of On the Beach, looking at the processes and pressures
involved in screen composition. At the end of each week she interviewed CG as research
for the program. An edited transcript of those interviews can be found here.

On the Beach

On the Beach