Richard Bratby

Serious composers write ad music too

Composers like Chris Gunning – who wrote highly original symphonies, as well as ads – should be taken far more seriously

If you’ve watched much British TV or film over the past half century, you’ll already know the music of Chris Gunning: Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose, David Suchet as Poirot and a Martini ad from the 1970s. Left: Photo 12/Alamy Stock Photo. Right: Avalon/Getty Images and Retro Ad Archives/Alamy Stock Photo

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