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

The fourth part in an ongoing special series on the history of film music

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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.

This fourth program in the series features music from the 1950s. The decade saw an expansion of the musical vocabulary of film scores, with jazzy, modernist styles heard in movies such as "A Streetcar Named Desire," "The Man With The Golden Arm" and "Rebel Without A Cause." The genres of Westerns and Science Fiction produced a lot of great films—and film scores.

Plus, the Alfred Hitchcock/Bernard Herrmann collaboration began and produced classics like "Vertigo" and "North By Northwest." Garland presents music from these movies, and others such as "Sunset Boulevard," "High Noon" and "The Thing from Another World."

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