ABC Classic has today announced Music for the Screen as this year’s theme for their annual Classic 100. The shortlist of 200 titles on ABC Classic’s website spans 80-plus years, from Erich Korngold’s 1938 score for The Adventures of Robin Hood right up to Hans Zimmer’s Academy Award-winning score from the 2021 film Dune.
However, the selection isn’t simply limited to cinematic scores. Audiences will be able to vote for music from television series such as Netflix’s The Crown and HBO’s Game of Thrones, as well as music from popular video games including Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Assassin’s Creed series.
“The pandemic saw billions of people around the world turn to film, TV and video games for entertainment, comfort, solace and connection. This year’s Classic 100 pays tribute to the power of screen music to deepen and enrich our entertainment,” said ABC Classic in an announcement this morning.
This year’s theme is similar to 2013 Music in the Movies, which focused solely on film scores (and classical works prominently used in films), with Ennio Morricone’s score for 1986’s The Mission (famous for the piece Gabriel’s Oboe) taking out the top spot, followed by John Williams’ Star Wars score and Howard Shore’s music for the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
ABC’s Classic 100 is billed as Australia’s biggest classical music event, and like the federal election it is a gruelling, weeks-long event with thousands of votes cast in a lower stakes, but no less fiercely contested, campaign.
Last year, Classic 100 celebrated its 20th year with the theme The Music You Can’t Live Without, in which Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5 and Symphony No 9 came first and second, followed by Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Other recent themes include Beethoven in 2020 (to mark the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth), Composers in 2019 (ranking composers rather than individual pieces) and Dance in 2018.
Voting is now open at classic100.abc.net.au and will close at 9am on Monday 6 June. The full results will be unveiled on 11-12 June.