Pulitzer Prize-winning classical composer John Corigliano wrote the score to one of my favourite movies, “The Red Violin“. He built each them around a single set of seven chords as the violin made its way across time and space to the present day from Italy to Austria, to England, to China then to Canada. In a podcast on Cuny Radio, Corigliano outlines the process he went through to compose the score, and the challenges faced by a composer, when the main character is an eighteen-inch piece of wood, and its travels across four centuries – with all the changes in musical style that entails.

You can hear a little of the stunning soundtrack here.

And a scene from the movie on YouTube