On Thursday, January 28, iconic composer David Shire will appear in person at the Los Angeles revival house New Beverly Cinema. He will be on hand to talk about his vast body of work and answer questions in conjunction with screenings of the original 1974 film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and the 1975 disaster epic The Hindenburg. Additionally, on January 29, Shire will participate in a discussion of Steve Horowitz' "The Re-Taking of Pelham One Two Three," a reinterpretation of Shire's music for Pelham that will be performed at the Roy and Edna Disney/ Calarts Theater (REDCAT). Finally, he'll also be on hand January 30 at Burbank's premier horror and fantasy bookstore, Dark Delicacies, to sign autographs and sell copies of some of his most famous music scores.
Shire's appearance in Los Angeles -- not to mention at three high-profile events -- is something of a fulfillment of a film score fan's dreams: the longtime composer worked steadily since the 1960s to create some of the most haunting and memorable scores in movie history, including the music for All the President's Men, The Conversation, Saturday Night Fever, and of course, The Hindenburg and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. In anticipation of his tour of Los Angeles film fandom, Cinematical spoke to Shire via telephone to discuss the significance of the films and film music these events are celebrating; in addition to discussing the origins and inspirations for some of his most famous movie music, Shire talked about his technique and approach to composition, and offered a few reflections on his expansive body of work, which spans film, television, theater, and even pop music.