RadioNZ: Composers on Camera

Since the beginnings of cinema, composers have been a frequent subject for film directors. But how close do they bring us to an honest understanding and appreciation of those composers and their music? In a five-part series, Thomas Goss explores how movies portray composers as lovers, heroes, spiritual figures, and even madmen. Along the way, the narratives of these films are examined for what they reveal about the audience as well as the composers.

Composers on Camera – How Amadeus Changed Everything

Thomas Goss takes a long view of cinematic composers, and how one film lifted their narratives from the mundane to the epic.

Composers on Camera – The Beethoven Meme

Thomas Goss offers a comparison of three recent movies about the greatest classical composer, and suggests how their different views add up to one Messianic testament.

Composers on Camera – Composer as Madman

Thomas Goss discusses composer-film specialist Ken Russell & his penchant for over-the-top portrayals, and reviews other films in which hysteria trumps drama.

Composers on Camera – Composer as Lover

Thomas Goss explores how the subject of romance is elevated to philosophical and artistic heights when merged with the identity of a great composer.

Composers on Camera – Composer as Hero

Thomas Goss compares the cinematic narrative of the epic hero-composer to our own assumptions and impulses in appreciating concert music.

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Thomas Goss is a professional composer and orchestrator with an international roster of clients. He has worked with such talents as Billy Ocean, Melanie C, Sharon Corr, and Nikki Yanofsky. His compositions, orchestrations, and crossover arrangements have been performed by such ensembles as Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony Chamber Ensemble.

Thomas lives and works in Wellington, New Zealand, with his wife Erica and son Charlie, and one very unappreciative cat.

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