David Garland


David Garland hosts Saturday and Sunday evenings on WQXR. He is the host and producer of Movies On The Radio, Saturdays at 9 pm, a show that explores the art of music for film, from classics to indies to blockbusters. Garland presents Old School, an early music show on WQXR, Sundays at 9 pm. He also hosts and produces Spinning On Air for WNYC-FM. Garland came to WNYC from Columbia University’s radio station, WKCR in 1986.


David Garland appears in the following:

Anything’s Possible: The Wild Imagination of Ennio Morricone

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Today, Q2 Music re-broadcasts its 24-hour celebration of iconic film composer Ennio Morricone. The day is hosted by Movies on the Radio's David Garland.

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'I Wonder as I Wander'

Saturday, December 20, 2014

For the 20th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download "I Wonder as I Wander," a pensive lost-in-snow track from composer and radio host David Garland.

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Lights, Camera, Music! A Film-Music Marathon

Friday, February 28, 2014

Join us all day today for Lights, Camera, Music! – a pre-Oscars, 24-hour kaleidoscopic survey of the most innovative and new-music inflected film scores, hosted by WQXR's David Garland.

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Rookies and Vets Among Best Original Score Oscar Nominees

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This year's Academy Award nominees for Best Original Score are an odd assortment of obvious choices, reasonable contenders, and surprises, writes WQXR's David Garland.

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The Royal Wind Music in The Greene Space

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Royal Wind Music of today is based in Amsterdam, and is comprised of 13 young players from around the world. They are, in a sense, a recorder orchestra. Hear them tonight at 9 pm.

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Joshua Rifkin, Onetime Early-Music Rebel, Looks Bach

Friday, June 28, 2013

Joshua Rifkin studied with Babbitt and Stockhausen, recorded with a jug band, and created arrangements for Judy Collins. This Sunday at 9 pm, he talks with David Garland about J.S. Bach.

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Faking for the Cameras: Christopher Walken Plays Cellist in 'A Late Quartet'

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Learning an instrument isn't easy, but getting to fake one for a Hollywood film is no picnic either. Christopher Walken talks about his role as a cellist in "A Late Quartet."
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Saturday, May 05, 2012

There seems to be a trend in film scores these days. Instead of conventional melodies and themes, more and more composers are creating sonic atmospheres that blur the lines between score, sound design, and sound effects.

David Garland presents music from "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Hurt Locker," "Another Happy Day," "The Grey," "Dark Shadows," and other contemporary films, plus earlier examples of the moody approach.

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Harry Partch: Redefining the Possible at Every Turn

Thursday, March 22, 2012

This 2001 episode of WNYC's Spinning on Air marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Harry Partch. Host David Garland plays a mix of Partch's music and recorded speech, including introductions to and performances on Partch's exotic array of home-made instruments.


Written on the Wind: Huang Ruo and Min Xiao-fen

Friday, January 27, 2012

Tonight at 7 pm in The Greene Space, composer Huang Ruo joins host David Garland for an evening of conversation and premiere performances from New York and China-based composers.

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Michael Tilson Thomas and John Adams in The Greene Space

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On Monday, March 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music welcomes San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, composer John Adams and the St. Lawrence String Quartet to The Greene Space.


Bach: Solace and Inspiration

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Listen As the intense emergency of the 9/11 attacks subsided, David Garland turned to the music of 18th Century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Moved by Bach's deep emotion,...

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Live @Guggenheim: The Sinking of the Titanic

Thursday, April 14, 2011

British composer Gavin Bryars is internationally famous—except in the U.S., where his works still remain relatively under-appreciated. Tonight at 8:50, Q2 kicks off a week-long Bryars...

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The Music that Accompanied Elizabeth Taylor

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The list of Elizabeth Taylor's films includes daring, challenging stories, and they were scored with exceptional music. Here are a few of host David Garland's favorites.

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Live from Carnegie Hall with Rudolf Buchbinder

Saturday, March 19, 2011

WQXR brings you a live broadcast of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra from Carnegie Hall tonight at 8 pm. Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder joins the orchestra in the music of Mozart. 

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Garrick Ohlsson's Eloquence Highlights Orpheus Concert

Thursday, October 14, 2010

What touch! Pianist Garrick Ohlsson had an eloquent dialogue tonight with his instrument, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and with all of us listening to his Carnegie Hall performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Ohlsson's fingers on the keyboard managed precise intricacies, each note articulated clearly, but I was so impressed with the way all notes integrated into a vivid, thrilling whole.

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Natural Blend

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Last weekend I had the pleasure of recording an in-studio performance by composer Van Dyke Parks, which will broadcast on my WNYC show Spinning On Air this Sunday evening at 8 pm. My first exposure to Parks's work was when I heard The Beach Boys song “Heroes and Villains” on the radio while a kid back in the 1960s. Parks wrote the lyrics for that song, and subsequently worked on The Beach Boys’ “Smile” and his own 1968 album “Song Cycle,” and many projects since. Back when I first heard his music I knew it was new, exciting, and different, but I probably didn’t recognize that it was such an effective, natural blend of folk, pop, and classical influences.

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The Unfamiliar John Williams

Saturday, September 18, 2010

On this week's Movies on the Radio, host David Garland digs deep in the John Williams vault and unearths gems like his score to Robert Altman's psychological thriller Images, and the ...

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Visual Music

Friday, August 06, 2010

Although I work in the non-visual medium of radio, by training I'm a visual artist. I graduated from art school, and worked for ten years as a graphic designer and illustrator before moving to radio via my lifelong love of music. I think that radio actually is a visual medium, it's just that the associated images are conjured in the imagination of the listener, rather than on paper or on canvas.

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Kirk and Spock Together at Last

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Last week's Movies on the Radio featured music from the TV show "Star Trek," and was illustrated with a photo of actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as their iconic Star Trek characters Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. It's been corrected since, but at first our caption for the photo identified them as "Captain Kirk and Dr. Spock."

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