Radiohead guitarist and composer extraordinaire Jonny Greenwood is bringing his hair-raising score for There Will Be Blood to a live stage once again, this time as part of the NY Philharmonic's Art of the Score series. [Correction: Greenwood will not be performing—sorry about that.]
A complete screening of the Paul Thomas Anderson film will accompany the performance, which includes slithering Greenwood originals and classics from Brahms and Arvo Pärt. This is not a drill: tickets for the September 12 & 13 at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall are presently still available.
While Greenwood has gone on to score several films in the last decade— including Norwegian Wood and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Inherent Vice, and Phantom Thread—the music for There Will be Blood was his Hollywood debut, and arguably his very best. Around the time the film came out, he described the therapeutic nature of composing to Gothamist as follows
"For me it just feels like the orchestra is making sounds I really want to hear. That's all I'm thinking about really. It's such an amazing thing; I'm still a bit in awe of what orchestras can do and how much of an event it is. And then when they're playing in a room… You can forget and think that CDs are enough and you sort of don't need to see an orchestra play. But then once you're actually at the performance you realize it's so much more magical than a recording."
We're probably overdue for another chat with the Radiohead renaissance man (first question, what is a CD?). In the meantime, the good news for Phil-loving film buffs continues later this month: on September 14th and 15th, the second and final installment of the Art of the Score will commemorate the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey. André de Ridder will conduct, with music from Richard Strauss, Ligeti, Johann Strauss II, and Khachaturian.
And elsewhere in the extended Radiohead universe, Thom York has released the first track from his upcoming score for the Suspiria remake. He'll be touring solo this winter, making two stops in Brooklyn, which are sadly sold out. The full album is out on October 26th—here's that first track: