105 Years of Film Music: Part Five - The 1960s
The fifth part in an ongoing special series on the history of film music
Saturday, May 31, 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. This fifth program in the series features music from the 1960s.
The tumultuous '60s brought changes of attitude and style even to the scoring of films. The symphonic sound established in the '30s and '40s went out of fashion, replaced by pop-influenced eclecticism. Just as the movies themselves tried out new ideas and approaches, so did the music created for them.
Scores for films such as "The Graduate," "Easy Rider," "La Dolce Vita," and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" used or emulated pop and rock. "Barbarella" and "Candy" brought a touch of psychedelia to cinema. On TV, John Barry's music for the James Bond films was echoed in the adventures of many Cold War super spies. Ennio Morricone and Jerry Goldsmith were composing highly experimental scores for mainstream genre films like "A Fistfull of Dollars" and "Planet of the Apes." Garland presents music from these and other movies of the era, such as "To Kill A Mockingbird," "Psycho," "Bullitt," and others.