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Film Music Fridays

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.

Every Friday host Darrell Brogdon will bring you magnificent movie music on Film Music Friday.

  • This week on Film Music Friday, we're hearing the work of three young film composers - Justin Hurwitz, Pinar Toprak and Ramin Djawadi. There's music from La La Land, Whiplash, Captain Marvel, Game of Thrones, Eternals and more.
  • This week's Film Music Friday samples the soundtracks from classic science fiction films, including Metropolis (the film score only accompanied the film one time), Things to Come, Destination Moon, The Thing, The Quatermass Experiment and more.
  • On this week's Film Music Friday, we'll explore some notable collaborations between directors and composers. There's music from Psycho, Lawrence of Arabia, Schindler's List, The Incredibles, Apollo 13 and more.
  • This week on KPR's Film Music Friday, we're featuring the work of composer Carter Burwell, who's worked on films with the Coen Brothers and others. We'll hear music from Blood Simple...Raising Arizona...Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and lots more.
  • On this week's Film Music Friday, it's movies about sports - running, jumping, skating, punching and getting punched. We'll hear music from Rocky, Rudy, Hoosiers, Chariots of Fire and lots more!
  • Republic Pictures wasn't the largest studio and didn't win many awards, but they did produce the best westerns and cliffhanger serials, plus an occasional prestige film. This week on Film Music Friday we're hearing the music of Republic Pictures, with music from The Fighting Devil Dogs, The Three Mesquiteers, The Quiet Man and more.
  • France has a legitimate claim to being the birthplace of cinema, and over the years the French film industry has become one of the most successful in the world. On this week's Film Music Friday we're hearing music from some classic French films, including Jules and Jim, Beauty and the Beast, The Sleeping Car Murder, And God Created Woman and more.
  • Composer Albert Glasser never won an Oscar but in his Hollywood career he wrote scores for over 200 movies, most of them B-movies and many of them about giant monsters run amok. This week's Film Music Friday looks at the work of Albert Glasser, in such films as The Cyclops, Invasion U.S.A., Beginning of the End, The Boy and the Pirates and more.
  • Film Music Friday goes prehistoric this week, with music from movies featuring dinosaurs. We'll hear themes from the original King Kong, The Lost Continent, Jurassic Park, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and more.
  • Three-time Oscar winner Maurice Jarre's career stretched from 1951 into the 1990s. On this week's Film Music Friday, we'll hear some highlights, including music from Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Grand Prix, The Professionals and more.