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Film Music Fridays

Film Music Friday - April 23, 2021 (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

Although his career as a film composer was relatively brief (just 16 films), Eirch Wolfgang Korngold is considered one of the fathers of modern film scoring.  On this week's Film Music Friday we'll hear examples of Korngold's work from Captain Blood, The Prince and the Pauper, King's Row, The Sea Hawk and more.

Film Music Friday - April 2, 2021 (Jazz in Film)

This week's Film Music Friday explores the use of jazz in the movies. Several factors, including the demise of the big band era, rising costs and the emergence of film noir led to increasing use of jazz in film scoring in the 1950's. We'll hear some examples, including music from A Streetcar Named Desire, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Wild One, Anatomy of a Murder, Bullitt and Whiplash.

Film Music Friday - March 26, 2021 (Alfred Newman)

Alfred Newman is one of the greatest of all film composers, winner of NINE Academy Awards (more than any other musician) and one of the fathers of modern film scoring. On this Film Music Friday we'll hear some of his most memorable work, including music from Beau Geste, Gunga Din, Song of Bernadette, The Diary of Anne Frank, How the West Was Won and Airport, among others.

Film Music Friday - March 19, 2021 (Female Film Composers)

The business of film music is notoriously male-dominated.  Female composers worked on barely more than 1% of the 100 top-grossing films for each of the last 12 years.  On this week's Film Music Friday we'll hear from some of the leading women film composers, including Oscar winners Rachel Portman and Anne Dudley; pioneers Doreen Carwithen, Wendy Carlos and Shirley Walker; and relative newcomers like Hildur Guðnadóttir and Pinar Toprak.  The music tonight is drawn from The Shining, The Cider House Rules, Poldark, True Lies, Manchester by the Sea, Joker,

Film Music Friday - March 12, 2021 (Dimitri Tiomkin)

This week's Film Music Friday focuses on Dimitri Tiomkin, a Russian born and educated composer who wrote some of the most American-sounding music in movies, especially for westerns. Tonight we'll hear music from It's a Wonderful Life, Lost Horizon, High Noon, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Thing, Giant, Rio Bravo and more.

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