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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Charlie Chaplin and Italian Cinema Classics

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.

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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Richard Strauss's Influence on Film Music

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Even though Strauss's music isn't cribbed by film composers as blatantly as music by Wagner and Stravinsky, the dramatic sound of Strauss's orchestral pieces has had a powerful impact in movies.


Warm-Hearted Romance

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Music for romantic films tends to be sumptuous and rhapsodic, and sometimes even includes themes from classical music for extra depth.


105 Years of Film Music: Part Five - The 1960s

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The tumultuous '60s brought changes of attitude and style to the scoring of films. The symphonic sound established in the '30s and '40s went out of fashion, replaced by pop-influenced eclecticism.

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Godzilla's Music

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The movie monster Godzilla starred in his first film in 1954, and his career is still going strong. Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents a survey of imaginative film scores for Godzilla.

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The Amazing Spider-Music

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Blockbuster season has begun, with the big studios unleashing their effects-laden would-be crowd-pleasers. David Garland presents highlights from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and other films.

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105 Years of Film Music: Part Four - The 1950s

Saturday, April 26, 2014

For over a century, music and movies have been making magic together. Music composed for films is varied and exciting, with qualities that connect it to the classical tradition, as well as special attributes of its own.

David Garland presents a series of programs on the history of film music. Heard on Movies on the Radio on the last Saturday of each month for ten months, the series covers the styles and innovations in the soundtrack field, decade by decade.


The Sound of Easter Epics

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, host David Garland offers suites from "King of Kings" by Miklos Rozsa, "The Greatest Story Ever Told" by Alfred Newman and John Debney's score for "The Passion of the Christ."


The Drama of Passover

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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," "Moses the Lawgiver" and "Prince of Egypt."

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André Previn: Film Score Prodigy

Saturday, April 05, 2014

On the eve of André Previn's birthday, host David Garland presents highlights from Previn's colorful music for "Bad Day At Black Rock," "The Subterraneans," "Irma La Douce," and others.

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105 Years of Film Music: Part Three - The 1940s

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm: film music from the 1940s. America's involvement in World War II during the decade gave filmmakers plenty of stories to tell, and new genres such as Film Noir were developed.

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