Movies on the Radio

Airs Saturdays at 9 pm on WQXR.

Saturday nights at 9:00 pm, host David Garland presents new and old film scores, emphasizing the delights and uniqueness of movie music, and sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of the field.

Film scores can be full of emotion, suspense, and surprises, and use a rich variety of musical languages to help tell the movie's story. From the classics by Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Bernard Herrmann, to new scores by Thomas Newman, Carter Burwell, and Danny Elfman, the panorama of movie drama will be heard.



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Waltzing with Joanne Woodward

Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents waltzes by Bernard Herrmann, Georges Delerue, and of course, Johann Strauss Jr., that have made their mark in movies.

Oscar Nominees and Winners

Saturday, February 21, 2015

David Garland presents some highlights from each of the Oscar nominee's movie scores, plus music from prior winners.

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Music for Love Stories

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saturday at 9 pm, enjoy a bouquet of tender themes created for on-screen love, including "An Affair to Remember," "Love Story," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Downton Abbey."

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Alexandre Desplat on 'Imitation Game,' 'Grand Budapest' Scores

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Tonight at 9 pm, composer Alexandre Desplat talks with host David Garland about his Oscar-nominated scores for both "The Imitation Game" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel." 


Starring Bette Davis

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents music by Max Steiner for "Now, Voyager," Alfred Newman for "All About Eve," Frank DeVol for "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte," and more.

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Piano Concertos as High-Stakes Cinematic Drama

Saturday, January 24, 2015

This week's show explores how the inherently dramatic form of the piano concerto has added extra drama to many films including "The Competition" and "Grand Piano."

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Civil Rights on the Silver Screen

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents the stirring score by pianist/composer Jason Moran for the new film about Dr. King, "Selma."

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Music for Biopics

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Biographical films, or biopics, have told the life stories of political leaders, soldiers, artists, scientists and many others. Tonight at 9 pm, hear scores to several standouts.


Concertos for Movie and Orchestra

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents some examples of concerto-style film scores, by Miklos Rozsa, Dimitri Tiomkin, Franz Waxman, Alberto Iglesias and others.

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The Sound of Cinematic Snow

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Quite a few films have been memorably set in wintery environments, and tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents music from such scenes, including "Doctor Zhivago."

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Music for Red Ponies

Saturday, December 06, 2014

This week's show features a pair of Red Ponies: Copland's music for the 1949 film, "The Red Pony," and Jerry Goldsmith's music for a 1973 TV adaptation.

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Delicious! Music from Great Food Movies

Saturday, November 29, 2014

With Thanksgiving weekend upon us, we ask: What's your favorite food-focused film scene? What's your favorite pairing of food and music?

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Hans Zimmer's Brash 'Interstellar' Score

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday at 9 pm, David Garland presents highlights from "Interstellar," as well as a few earlier film music evocations of outer space.

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Two Sides of Franz Waxman from Hollywood's Golden Age

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saturday at 9 pm, the curtains part to reveal two sides to Franz Waxman, a great composer of Hollywood's Golden Age.

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Bach Goes to the Movies

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Bach's special mix of the logical and the spiritual makes his music very effective for some films. Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents film scores where Bach's music is used.


Mathematicians at the Movies

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents music to accompany equations, from "The Imitation Game," "Good Will Hunting," "A Beautiful Mind," and other mathematical films.

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Haunting Soundtracks

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Eerie special effects, monstrous makeup, and shock editing all contribute to the thrills of a spooky movie. But it may be the film's music that has the greatest influence.

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Tchaikovsky at the Movies

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents some Tchaikovsky-inspired scores, including a charming adaptation of the "Sleeping Beauty" ballet for Disney's 1959 animated feature.

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Love is Strange

Saturday, October 11, 2014

David Garland presents a few examples of film scores for love stories, including the restrained but effective use of Chopin in the recent film "Love Is Strange,"

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Two Modern Movie Maestros

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Dario Marianelli and Howard Shore are among the most accomplished contemporary composers for film. Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents works by each composer.


Starring Joan Crawford

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents music from movies in which Joan Crawford starred, plus highlights from Henry Mancini's score for the scathing bio-pic "Mommie Dearest."