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Capital City

Capital City
Film documentary
Date of composition February 1973
Opus number (No opus number)
Type of work Music for a film or documentary
Duration 8 mins
Musical forces Piccolo/Flute, Oboe/English Horn, Horn/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Two Violins, Viola, Cello, Piano and Percussion
Commissioner Antony Barrier Productions Ltd
Writer Wilfred Greatorex
Producer Antony Barrier
Director Richard Taylor, Carl Thomson
Recording session 16th March 1973
Session information Recorded at IBC Recording Studios by students of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, conducted by the composer
Publication status Manuscript
Archive location British Film Institute (BFI)
Archive contents
  • 16mm film stock
  • Original bound music manuscript
  • Notes A 28-minute film in 16mm and 35mm sponsored by the Corporation of the City of London; 35mm version launched at seven major ABC cinemas in London in conjunction with the feature film, The Sting, 17th February 1974, followed by nationwide showing of this double bill
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    Here the music, scored for a larger group of instruments than is usual with this composer (11 compared with the usual 3–6), is mildly jazzy, and – in view of the film’s subject matter, the City of London – there are several quotations of well-known London tunes.

    Hilton Gough, BFFS Film magazine, no 25, April 1975