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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Music for Planet Earth

Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents rich, symphonic music from "Planet Earth," "Microcosmos" National Geographic specials and more.

The Moving Movie Music of Bernstein and Bernstein

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday at 9 pm, hear music from two films, each shot on location in the New York area, each with a moving score by a Bernstein. 

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The Drama of Passover

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Saturday at 9 pm, hear music that's been written to help convey the drama of Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt, including scores for "The Ten Commandments" and "Prince of Egypt."


Starring Humphrey Bogart

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tonight at 9 pm: Max Steiner's music for "Casablanca," Adolph Deutsch's score for "The Maltese Falcon," and Frederick Hollander's music for "Sabrina," among others.


The Influence of The Planets

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday at 9 pm, David Garland presents highlights from Holst's The Planets, plus film music by John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Bill Conti, and others, that shows its influence.

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Princes, Paupers, and a Room with a View

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mark Twain's novel "The Prince and the Pauper" has been adapted to film multiple times – let's hear from two of them. Plus: the Merchant-Ivory production of "A Room with a View,"


A 'Star Trek' Journey, in Memory of Leonard Nimoy

Saturday, March 07, 2015

This Saturday at 9 pm, in memory of the late Leonard Nimoy, who compellingly played the character Mr. Spock, David Garland presents music from the first six "Star Trek" movies.

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Waltzing with Joanne Woodward

Saturday, February 28, 2015

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.

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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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