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Fanny and Alexander (1982) – see Schumann, below


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Cello Suite #1 in G major, BWV 1007 (I)

Schindler’s List (1993), English Suite #2 in A minor, BWV 807 (I)

Silence of the Lambs (1991), Aria from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), Keyboard Concerto #3 in D major, BWV 1054 (III)


Barber, Samuel

Platoon (1986), Adagio for Strings, String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11 (II), arrangement for string orchestra


Bartók, Béla

Being John Malkovich (1999), Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz. 106, BB 114 (II)


Beethoven, Ludwig van

A Clockwork Orange (1971)Symphony #9 in D minor, Op. 125 (II)

The King’s Speech (2010), Symphony #7 in A major, Op. 92 (II)

The Longest Day (1962), Symphony #5 in C minor, Op. 67 (I)

The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001), Piano Sonata in E major, Op, 109 (III)


Boccherini, Luigi

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), String Quintet in C major, Op. 30 #6 (V)


Britten, Benjamin

Moonrise Kingdom (2012), “Cuckoo!” from Friday Afternoons, Op. 7


Chopin, Frédéric

The Others (2001), Waltz #9 in A-flat major, Op. 69 #1


Copland, Aaron

He Got Game (1998), Lincoln Portrait


Debussy, Claude

Ocean’s Eleven (2001), “Clair de lune” from Suite Bergamasque, orchestral arrangement


Handel, George Frideric

Dangerous Liaisons (1988), “Ombra mai fu” from Xerxes, HWV 40


Khachaturian, Aram

War and Peace (2007) TV miniseries, Waltz from Masquerade


Mendelssohn, Felix

Red Dragon (2002), Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61


Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (1994)Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Serende in G major, K. 525 (I)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999), “Rex tremendae” from Requiem Mass in D minor, K. 626

Shawshank Redemption (1994), “Sull’aria” from Marriage of Figaro, K. 492

The Spy who Loved Me, James Bond (1977), Piano Concerto #21 in C major, K. 467 (II)

The Truman Show (1998), Piano Sonata in A major, K. 331 (III)


Offenbach, Jacques

Life is Beautiful (1997), “Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour,” also known as “Barcarolle,” from The Tales of Hoffmann


Rachmaninoff, Sergei

Birdman (2014), Symphony #2 in E minor, Op. 27 (II)


Satie, Erik

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Gymnopédie No. 1


Schubert, Franz

In Bruges (2008), “Der Leiermann” from Winterreise song cycle, D. 911

Minority Report (2002), Symphony #8 in B minor, D. 759 “Unfinished” (I)


Schumann, Robert

Fanny and Alexander (1982), Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44 (II)


Verdi, Giuseppe

Pretty Woman (1990), “Amami, Alfredo” from La Traviata