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I Lost it at the Movies

From Swashbuckling pirates, to robotic dogs, to that old sled Rosebud, there's a soundtrack behind every great movie scene, and a story behind every sound. Bill tells all the best ones; Korngold, Morricone, Mancini, and E. Bernstein featured. 

Program 1

We learn about the origins of film music in Paris, sail the high seas with Korngold and take a trip to Sherwood Forest. Mahler, Korngold, and Waxman feature. 


20th Century Fox theme

Saint-Saëns: L'Assassinat du duc de Guise, Op. 128 (excerpts)
Ensemble Musique Oblique
HM 901472

Mahler: Das Klagende Lied (excerpt)
Halle Orchestra/Nagano
Elatus 927490162

Korngold: The Sea Hawk: Suite (excerpt)
National Phil/Gerhardt
RCA 0912-2

Korngold: Captain Blood: Ship in the Night
National Phil/Gerhardt
RCA 0912-2

Waxman: Operation Parachute Drop fr. Objective: Burma!
National Phil/Gerhardt
RCA 0912-2

Friedhofer: Prologue fr. The Sun Also Rises
National Phil/Gerhardt
RCA 0912-2

Korngold: The Adventures of Robin Hood
National Phil/Gerhardt
RCA 0912-2

Program 2

Horror meets childhood nostalgia in this episode from Exploring Music. Music from Citizen Kane, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hitchcock's The Paradine Case and Chocolat.

Treasure of Sierra Madre (excerpt)

Waxman: Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra: The Paradine Case
New Zealand SO/Sedares; Buechner, p.
Koch 7225

Herrmann: Citizen Kane (excerpts)
National Phil/Gerhardt
RCA 0707
E. Bernstein: To Kill a Mockingbird (excerpts)
Royal Scottish Nat’l Orchestra/E. Bernstein
Varese 5754
Main Titles fr. Chocolat
Sony 89472


Program 3

The world's most famous detective themesong and a score for Shakespeare are just two of the pieces featured on this episode of Exploring Music. 

Ibert: Macbeth Suite
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Adriano
Naxos 8.557607

Milhaud: La Cheminee Du Roi Rene
Athena Ensemble
Chandos 6536

Schifrin: Bullitt (excerpts)
WDR Big Band/Schfrin
Aleph 18
3:07, 8:14
The Pink Panther Theme
BMG 59882
Mancini: The Pink Panther Theme
McFerrin, voc.
BMG 59882
Inspector Closeau Theme fr. Pink Panther
BMG 59882


Program 4

Cowboy's and sailors dominate today's episode of Exploring Music, with music from Master and Commander, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, and more. 

Var.: Jeanne la Pucelle (excerpts)
Hespèrion XX/Savall
Astree 9938
2:45, 12:43

Davies/Gordon/Tognetti: Master and Commander (excerpts)
Decca 157402
9:18, 1:38

Moricone: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly- Main Theme
Rhino 71858
Morricone: Cockeye’s Song
Rhino 71858
Morricone: March Of The Beggars (excerpt)
Rhino 71858
Morricone: Man with a Harmonica (excerpt)
Rhino 71858
Morricone: Il Gatto
Rhino 71858
Morricone: Robodog
Rhino 71858
Morricone: Love Theme & Main Theme fr. Cinema Paradiso
Metheny, g.; Haden, db.
Verve 537130
Morricone: Once Upon a Time in the West
Rhino 71858


Program 5

Yo-Yo Ma plays for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Charlie Chaplin finally gets to speak, or in this case sing, with Smile

Dun: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (excerpts)
Shanghai Symphony Orch/Yang; Ma, vc.
Sony 89347

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, II
English Concert/ Pinnock
Archiv 423492

Mozart: “Der Vogelfanger bin ich Ja” fr. Magic Flute
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris/Jordan;Hagegard
Erato 27065

Young: Theme fr. Around the World in 80 Days
Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel
MCA 31134

Raskin: Theme fr. Laura
New Philharmonia
RCA 6035719

Legrand: The Umbrellas of CherbourgI Will Wait for You
Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel
Telarc 80168

Herrmann: Prelude fr. Vertigo
LA Phil/Salonen
Sony 60991

Barry: Theme fr. Midnight Cowboy
Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel
Telarc 80168

Jarre: Lara’s Theme fr. Dr. Zhivago
Boston Pops/Fiedler
RCA 6035719

Chaplin: Smile fr. Modern Times
Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel
Telarc 80168



The Exploring Music streaming website is supported by Mr. & Mrs. William Gardner Brown and the Richard P. and Susan Kiphart Family.  
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