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John Barry, 1933-2011: Musician with the Midas touch

John Barry, 1933-2011: Musician with the Midas touch

From Bond to Body Heat, an epic career in music for the movies

John Barry, one of the great maestros of film music

“When you write for film, the dialogue is like the voice, if you like, and I always consider that as part of the music,” said John Barry, who died on 30 January. “Certain orchestral textures have to match the texture of the scene. You deal with the lightness and darkness of the scene when you write music for cinema. The film is a part of the score, and you can't get away from that.”

Barry used raucous brass arrangements and heart-stopping minor keys to evoke drama, danger and glamour

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