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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Hans Zimmer's Brash 'Interstellar' Score

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

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."


Concertos for Movie and Orchestra

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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.


Charlie Chaplin and Italian Cinema Classics

Saturday, September 13, 2014

This week, David Garland presents a suite of music from Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times," works by Ennio Morricone, and music composed by Nino Rota for films directed by Fellini.

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Waltzing with Joanne Woodward

Saturday, September 06, 2014

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.


Princes, Paupers, and a Room with a View

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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,"


Music for Robin Williams

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday at 9 pm, David Garland presents music composed for films that starred Robin Williams, including Michael Kamen's "What Dreams May Come," Maurice Jarre's "Dead Poets' Society," John Williams's "Hook," and others.

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The Liberator, Guardians of the Galaxy, and More

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Host David Garland plays a selection of soundtrack compositions from new movies like the Liberator and Guardians of the Galaxy, plus other recent films.


Music for Red Ponies

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, a pair of Red Ponies: Aaron Copland's music for the 1949 film, "The Red Pony," based on Steinbeck's book, and Jerry Goldsmith's music for a 1973 TV adaptation.


The Lyrical Loveliness of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm: David Garland spins musical highlights from "To Kill A Mockingbird," "The Great Train Robbery"; and "The Americanization Of Emily," among other films.


The Mission, Mutiny on the Bounty, Solo Violin, and More

Saturday, July 19, 2014

David Garland hosts this weeks show featuring highlights from Ennio Morricone's score for "The Mission" and other films.


Apes, Empires and Classical Influences

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland offers highlights from Michael Giacchino's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," and a new release of John Williams' "Empire of the Sun."


Summer Refreshments

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, some summery musical highlights from film scores evocative of the sea, American history, and more for the Fourth of July weekend.

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105 Years of Film Music: Part Six - The 1970s

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturday at 9 pm, Movies on the Radio concludes its decade-by-decade look at film music. The grand Hollywood tradition of symphonic scores came roaring back in the '70s.

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