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Morning Concert:
A Visit with David Raksin

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 146 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian talks with David Raksin about his career as a composer for Hollywood films. Raksin describes his intentions while presenting selections from some of his best known film scores. Also discussed is the lost art of melody among modern composers. Born in 1912, Raskin was known as the grandfather of film music, having composed hundreds of scores for film and television, starting with Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” and including such films as “The Bad and the Beautiful,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and “The Day After.” His theme for the film “Laura” was turned into one of the most popular songs of the mid-20th century when Johnny Mercer added lyrics to the hauntingly beautiful melody. David Raskin died in 2004.

Part 1 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Laura [concert recording of music from the film "Laura"] / David Raksin -- [excerpt from the film "Carrie"] (1952) / David Raksin -- [music from the film "Will Penny"] (1971) / David Raksin -- [excerpt from the film "Force of Evil"] (1949) / David Raksin -- White Friars [concert recording of music from the film "Forever Amber"] (1947) / David Raksin
Performers:  New Philharmonia Orchestra (Laura ; Forever Amber)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Motion Picture Music
Subject:  Raksin, David; 20th century classical; Motion picture music; Motion picture soundtracks; Orchestral music; Laura (Motion picture); Carrie (Motion picture); Will Penny (Motion picture); Force of evil (Motion picture); Forever Amber (Motion picture)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Raksin, David
Recording Date:  1/3/1986
 
Part 2 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  White Friars [concert recording of music from the film "Forever Amber"] (1947) / David Raksin -- The Great Fire Sequence [music from the film "Forever Amber"] (1947) / David Raksin -- [music from the film "The Unicorn in the Garden"] (1953) / David Raksin -- [music from the film "Separate Tables"] (1958) / David Raksin -- The rimshot heard around the world [from the film "Too Late Blues"] (1961) / David Raksin -- [music from the film "Sylvia"] (1965) / David Raksin -- A Song After Sundown [concert recording of music from the film "Too Late Blues"] (1961) / David Raksin
Performers:  Dick Nash, trombone (Sylvia)
Stan Getz, saxophone (A Song After Sundown)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Motion Picture Music
Subject:  20th century classical; Motion picture music; Motion picture soundtrack; Saxophone music; Orchestral music; Forever Amber (Motion picture); The unicorn in the garden (Motion picture); Separate tables (Motion picture); Too late blues (Motion picture); Sylvia (Motion picture)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Raksin, David; Nash, Dick; Getz, Stan, 1927-1991
Recording Date:  1/3/1986
 
Part 3 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  [music from the film "The Redeemer"] (1966) / David Raksin -- Nocturne and Theme [concert recording of music from the film "The Bad and the Beautiful"] (1952) / David Raksin
Performers:  New Philharmonia Orchestra (The Bad and the Beautiful)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Motion Picture Music
Subject:  20th century classical; Motion picture music; Motion picture soundtrack; Orchestral music; The redeemer (Motion picture); The bad and the beautiful (Motion picture)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Raksin, David
Recording Date:  1/3/1986
 
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