‘Sitting in front of the same black and white notes as Beethoven and Wagner is terrifying’ – we talk to top film composer Ilan Eshkeri – Classic FM

Ilan Eshkeri has written music for blockbusters including Stardust and Still Alive. His latest soundtrack is for the film Swallows and Amazons – we asked him to introduce the music, play some clips and tell us how he overcomes the fear of the blank page.

The soundtrack for Swallows and Amazons has been John Suchet’s Album of the Week all this week – and you can hear part of the score on this weekend’s Saturday Night at the Movies.

So when you first sit down to write a film score, how do you get started?

The key thing, according to Ilan, is easing the pressure of starting a brand-new movie score: ‘Can I write a work of genius by the end of the day and go and have a pint with my friend? Probably not. But could I do something average by 6 o’clock? I could definitely do that.’

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