The Film Score


Explore some of the silver screen’s finest music.

The Film Score with Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips celebrates music that was composed for and inspired by the movies. Every February leading up to the Academy Awards, Phillips shares daily segments that feature the five Oscar-nominated composers. Hour specials of The Film Score have also explored many genres, including movie musicals and holiday films. 

Music for Memorial Day

May 27, 2019

Join Michael Phillips for an hour-long edition of The Film Score to commemorate Memorial Day.  This program explores music composed for stories of the Civil War, World War I, the Vietnam War, and the post-9/11 world we inhabit today. Selections include James Horner’s “Preparations for Battle” from the movie Glory, a Civil War drama that delves into the first all-black volunteer company ...

Women Composing for the Screen

March 4, 2019

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we explore the vast and diverse body of film scores composed by women, from Germaine Tailleferre, who started composing for the silent screen in the 1920s, to Jocelyn Pook, the composer of the critically-acclaimed 2018 movie The Wife with Glenn Close. Music by Mica Levi (Jackie) and Tamar-kali (Mudbound) is featured, as well as selections by ...

Music for Oscar Week 2019

February 25, 2019

Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune, hosts an hour special of The Film Score: Music for Oscar Week 2019, with a recap of the nominated composers.

Great Composer/Director Partnerships

February 18, 2019

Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune, hosts The Film Score: Composer/Director Relationships. Herrmann and Hitchcock; Rota and Fellini; Williams and Spielberg — the list goes on. This program explores the dynamic collaborations of composers and directors.

The Sound of Hollywood

February 11, 2019

Host Michael Phillips presents The Film Score: The Sound of Hollywood. The epicenter of the film industry has inspired countless filmmakers and composers — this program celebrates the many sounds of Tinseltown throughout the decades.

Music for Oscar Week 2018

February 26, 2018

Explore this year's Oscar-nominated film scores with Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips.