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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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  • Bernard Herrmann was a fiercely independent and opinionated composer who worked in all genres of films during his long career. This week on Film Music Friday we'll hear Herrmann's work on movies like Citizen Kane, Psycho, North By Northwest, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and more.
  • This week on Film Music Friday it's all about teamwork - small groups striving against fearsome odds to achieve mighty goals. We'll hear music from The Goonies, Hoosiers, Sahara, Avengers: Endgame, Jaws and more.
  • During his 30+ years as a film composer, James Horner collaborated with many of Hollywood's top filmmakers, including Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Walter Hill, George Lucas and many more. This week on Film Music Friday we'll hear some of Horner's most memorable scores, including music from Titanic, Field of Dreams, Glory, The Rocketeer and Searching for Bobby Fischer, among others.
  • This week on Film Music Friday, we're hearing that spooky-sounding electronic instrument the Theremin, and its use in movies. We'll hear music from Spellbound, The Lost Weekend, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Rocketship X-M, Ghostbusters, First Man and more.
  • The first movie spoof was produced in 1905 and since then Hollywood has often poked fun at itself. On this week's Film Music Friday, we're hearing the music of movie spoofs, including themes from Blazing Saddles, The Big Bus, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and more.
  • The works of William Shakespeare have been filmed more than 1,800 times, dating back to 1899. This week on Film Music Friday, we'll hear music from Shakespeare films, including scores by Dimitri Shostakovich, William Walton, Aram Kachaturian and others for adaptations of Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V.
  • In this week's Film Music Friday, we're hearing the music of Japanese cinema, with themes from Godzilla, Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Woman in the Dunes and more.
  • On this week's Film Music Friday we're hearing the music from movies ABOUT movies, including Sunset Boulevard, The Bad and the Beautiful, Cinema Paradiso, Bowfinger and more.
  • Silent films were rarely silent. There was, of course, piano accompaniment in many theaters, and occasionally composers even wrote full orchestral scores. We'll hear some of those on this week's Film Music Friday, including music from Nosferatu, Metropolis, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Thief of Bagdad and more.
  • Jerome Moross was part of a small cadre of New York-based composers in the 1930s, including Leonard Bernstein, David Diamond and Bernard Herrmann. His career took various paths, creating music for films and TV, theatre and the concert hall. This week on Film Music Friday we'll hear some examples of the Moross magic from The Big Country, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Jayhawkers and more.