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Take a musical journey through the greatest film scores from the 1930s to the 1950s, including iconic movie soundtracks such as Paul Dukas's Fantasia, and Max Steiner's Gone with the Wind.
Still a firm favourite military band number at flypasts, Eric Coates’ popular theme to the classic British war movie from 1955 is a great example of a piece of music that has become just as famous as the film it comes from. Despite the piece’s success, Eric Coates had a profound disliking of composing for film, and in fact his son Austin claimed in a radio interview that the Damnbusters March was not actually written for the film and had in fact been completed a few days before he was contacted by the producers. Classic FM listener Tessa Cross's mother was one of those who worked behind the scenes on preparations for the Dambusters raid. She actually helped to build scale models of the dams. These models were used in the famous 1954 movie. Here is a still from the film, showing the models.
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