National Film Score Day Art
(Last Updated On: March 22, 2018)

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National Film Score Day Art


As the opening scenes of a long-anticipated movie begin to flicker across the screen, a rising cadence undulates through the theater setting the mood. A musical note plays, then two, and soon the theater is filled with a beautifully layered orchestral music masterwork. This musical accompaniment to the film you’re watching is called the “Film Score.”

On April 3, National Film Score Day recognizes the musical masterpieces called “Film Scores” and, more specifically, the very talented composers who create them.

Imagine your favorite film without a few well-placed notes enhancing the emotion of a dramatic on-screen exchange or some rousing orchestral music elevating the intensity of a thrilling chase scene. Would Star WarsJawsThe Lord of the Rings films, or the Harry Potter films be the same without their complementary musical scores? Without the film score, would we be compelled to cower in fear in our seats, or imagine a fascinating newly discovered world? Music heightens emotions, sharpens our senses and focuses our attention. Without a doubt, the film score indeed is the fiery soul of a film.

Throughout film history, from the perennial classics to the modern day blockbusters, we easily recognize our favorite movies merely by a few notes of a film’s orchestral soundtrack. Those chords often ignite a rush of fond memories and, with each new film released, a talented composer creates another magnificent work of musical art that elicits a new set of lasting movie memories.


Decades of accomplished composers from Miklós Rózsa, Shirley Walker, Bernard Herrmann, and Leonard Bernstein to John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Rachel Portman, and Michael Giacchino – hundreds more too numerous to name – have created lifetimes of masterworks.
Share with us your most memorable film score moments. Is it John Williams’ sweeping film scores for Star Wars and Harry Potter? Jerry Goldsmith’s music for Rudy, Alien, Hoosiers, or Star Trek? James Horner’s score for Titanic or Field of Dreams?
Use #NationalFilmScoreDay to share your fond movie music memories on social media.


Jeffrey D. Kern from Movie Scores and More Radio founded National Film Score Day to celebrate and highlight the tireless achievements of the talented composers and their treasured musical masterworks that bring so much joy to moviegoers around the globe! 

Why April 3rd?

On April 3, 1942, Alexander Korda’s film The Jungle Book was released with an orchestral score by the legendary composer, Miklós Rózsa. The following year, a recording made directly from the soundtrack was published in its entirety on 78-RPM record album with narration by Sabu, the film’s star. The Jungle Book soundtrack became the first commercial recording of a non-musical U.S. film’s orchestral score to ever be released. The album was a success.

In honor of the first-ever score to be released, we celebrate National Film Score Day on April 3 — the day The Jungle Book originally premiered in 1942!
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Film Score Day to be observed annually beginning in 2018!

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