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Film Music Friday
Fridays at 7:06pm

What do Die Hard, Dead Poets Society and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective all have in common? They all feature music from Beethoven's popular Symphony No. 9! It's questions like that you may get answered on KPR's Film Music Friday at 7:06 p.m.

Film Music Friday celebrates the use of classical music in movies, as well as classic symphonic scores created especially for motion pictures. Whether is J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue from Monty Python and the Meaning of Life or Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture from Caddyshack or Bellini's "Casta Diva" from The Bridges of Madison County, classical music and opera has provided the background for movies since the age of silent film. With the advent of sound, pioneering composers like Max Steiner and Erich Korngold created memorable scores for films like King Kong and The Adventures of Robin Hood.

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  • Movie music is often re-fashioned into suites for concert orchestra and on this week's Film Music Friday, we'll hear some examples. There's music from The Lost Patrol, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Vertigo, Mysterious Island and more!
  • This week's Film Music Friday presents another look at film scores that were rejected for some reason and never used in their intended films. We'll hear music composed (but rejected) for Gangs of New York, Troy, Battle of Britain, Frenzy and more!
  • This week on Film Music Friday, we're hearing the music of classic Britsh films. Among the movies featured are 633 Squadron, The Wrong Box, Bridge on the River Kwai and Scott of the Antarctic.
  • It's bombs away on this week's Film Music Friday! We'll hear music from films that largely disappointed at the box office, including themes from The Sandpiper, Supergirl, Mackenna's Gold, The Rocketeer and more.
  • On this week's Film Music Friday we re-visit the genre of cape-and-sword movies, the swashbucklers! We'll hear themes from The Buccaneer, The Black Swan, Hook, The Flame and the Arrow and many more.
  • Whether it's by interplanetary invasion, natural disaster or a dangerous experiment gone wrong, the Earth has been destroyed many times on-screen. On this week's Film Music Friday we hear music from films about the end of the world, including When Worlds Collide, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Crack in the World, The Core and lots more.
  • This week's Film Music Friday delves into music composed for documentary films. We'll hear music from films like The City, The River, Rhapsody of Steel and The Civil War.
  • The Newman family of composers have significantly shaped the film industry for over three generations. This week on Film Music Friday, we'll delve into the music of Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David and Randy Newman for films like Beau Geste, Diary of Anne Frank, Island in the Sky, Seabiscuit, Skyfall, The Natural and more.
  • This week's Film Music Friday features the sound of Warner Brothers Studios, where modern film scoring was born. We'll hear music from such classics as The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Maltese Falcon, Giant, Charge of the Light Brigade and more.
  • This week's Film Music Friday dives into the music of movies set at Christmastime, including It's a Wonderful Life, The Bishop's Wife, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, The Nightmare Before Christmas and more.