Month: December 2020

  • Welcome to Cinemusical

    Cinemusical is hosted by composer, educator, and music critic Steven A. Kennedy.  Steve's reviews appear in Film Score Monthly Online Magazine and at Film Music Review.  Steve is a member of BMI, the International Film Music Critics Association, the American Composer's Forum, and the Dramatist's Guild of America.  For information on his music, or to inquire about commissioning a work, visit his website. He has written four musicals: The Jurgens File (a contemporary work based on a true story that took place in MN in the 1950s-1980s); The Magnificent Ambersons (based on the Booth Tarkington Pulitzer Prize-winning novel) with audio excerpts available at the site; Tinsel in the Toilet (a holiday drama); and Chantecler (a new translation of Rostand's play).

    The Marian Sonata for Violin and Piano featured on the release In Tandem available for order.

    The physical CD, Reflections, can be purchased exclusively from   You can download  the album on Amazon, iTunes, or my website.  It is also available on Spotify and Pandora.  During the pandemic, Improvs for Hope was released with portions of sales being given to COVID relief.  The album is available at  Also now available is Off 2 Broadway which features piano renditions of music from Steve's musicals.  All albums are available on Amazon, Spotify, and iTunes.  

    The blog features reviews of releases of film, video game, and classical music.

    There is a blend of contemporary and classic film scores that will appear here.  Classical reviews focus primarily on 20th Century music as well as American music, however, occasional forays into previous periods appear as well to offer some variety.

    Most of the reviews here will be of releases available in physical CD format.  Reviews will be more infrequent (2020) due to less physical product availability and my own personal focus on composing this year.  Reach out if you wish to have your releases reviewed here.

    Please note that there are some formatting issues that may appear in older reviews possibly due to some overall design changes since the original post.  Spammers be warned that all posts are monitored for approval and covert advertising is not allowed.

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