Poirot theme: Christopher Gunning

Poirot David Suchet

Malice, mischief, and probably murder, is just beneath the surface of Christopher Gunning's sultry saxophone theme.

British composer Christopher Gunning has composed seven symphonies, numerous concertos and other concert works, including a large number of scores for film and TV, winning 4 Bafta and 3 Ivor Novello Awards.

Most famously, he created Poirot’s iconic theme in 1989 and over the years, worked on some 40 different Poirot films which each required many variations to accompany the various moods of the Belgian detective and his adventures.

Themes ranged from pastoral through to high tension. Poirot’s own tune is a sultry saxophone solo that evokes both a stylish era when travel (and murder) on the Orient Express were commonplace and a slight air of mischief was never far away.

Classic FM Apps

Get the Classic FM app for iPhone, iPad and Android - now with HD audio

Trump covfefe song

Someone has turned Donald Trump’s ‘covfefe’ tweet into the Tristan chord

rune brodahl horn player

Joyous: this horn player absolutely lets rip during a ballet performance

Backstreet Boys in the style of Bach

The Backstreet Boys' 'I Want It That Way' in the style of a Bach Allemande