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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.

  • 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.
  • This week's Film Music Friday features symphonic suites drawn from famous film scores, including The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Jungle Book, The Alamo, Vertigo and more.
  • On this week's Film Music Friday we're looking at magic in the movies - literally! Join us for music from films that portray magic, in all its forms, including Harry Potter, The Thief of Bagdad, The Illusionist, Doctor Strange and more.
  • After World War Two, the Hollywood western underwent a change from the traditional shoot 'em ups to more adult - and often violent - themes. On this week's Film Music Friday we'll hear the music of the "New Westerns", including Dances with Wolves, Rio Conchos, The Shootist, Tombstone and the spahgetti westerns, too.
  • This week's Film Music Friday delves into the music of classic British films. We'll hear excerpts from Henry V, Things to Come, The Quatermass Experiment, Whiskey Galore, Bridge on the River Kwai and more.