In anticipation of Steven Spielberg’s original summer blockbuster, Jaws, being screened at the Hall with live orchestra on Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 October we asked some of our audience to tell us about what they consider to be the sound of fear.
Responses ranged from the familiar to the hilarious. When asked to name the iconic Jaws theme tune, members of the public were quick to recognise the eerie score by John Williams, commenting on the sense of foreboding that “makes the hair on the back of the neck stand up”.
The film’s chilling soundtrack remains recognisable by all generations. The success of the movie is in part thanks to Williams’ suspense-filled score, which generates fear and emotion among viewers.
Dr Vasco Hexel from the Royal College of Music has commented: “John Williams’ score for Jaws is remarkable on many levels. First of all, for being one of the most terrifying horror film scores of all time and having single-handedly brought back the symphonic score to Hollywood film music at a time when pop music prevailed.
“Secondly, it is extraordinary because it is built from just two notes and establishes the idea that a recurring figure of two notes can be an effective scoring tool. Few composers have been able to match the high level of economy that this score presents.”
Lucy Noble, Artistic and Commercial Director at the Royal Albert Hall, says: “Our annual Festival of Film showcase is a celebration of movies and musical experiences, and Jaws is a star of the show. The astonishing soundtrack will be performed live by the BBC Concert Orchestra to bring the film to life in an even more thrilling way than viewers will remember.”
Jaws will be screened at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 October, with live accompaniment from the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Dirk Brossé.