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

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

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Chewbacca, Princess Leia, C3PO, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in 'Star Wars' Chewbacca, Princess Leia, C3PO, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in 'Star Wars'

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, the series covers the styles and innovations in the soundtrack field, decade by decade. This sixth and final program in the series features music from the 1970s. 

In the 1970s filmmakers tried many different approaches, from low-key, personal movies to crowd-pleasing special effects epics. In the first part of the decade film music continued the eclecticism and experimentation of the 1960s, but the grand Hollywood tradition of symphonic scores came roaring back with "Star Wars." John Williams' music for that hugely successful film and other '70s movies such as "Jaws" and "Superman" created quite an impact in the movies, and inspired a whole new generation of film music fans.

The '70s also continued the noir genre with "Chinatown," plus, with movies like "The Parallax View" and "Three Days Of The Condor," saw the development of a new genre: the paranoid thriller. Bernard Herrmann composed his final score in 1976 for Martin Scorcese's "Taxi Driver," and Nino Rota wrote a score for Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather." In 1979 Jerry Goldsmith created two classic science fiction scores, each with its own sound: "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and "Alien." Garland presents music from these and other movies of the era, such as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "All The President's Men," "A Fistful of Dynamite," and more.

Comments [10]

vandahl from Montreal

I love MOTR but I only listen to the archives available on the TuneIn Radio app. It is a real shame that they are no longer maintained.

Jul. 05 2014 08:21 PM
Paul Pettigrew from Perth, Western Australia

My question is: why doesn't David answer any of our questions?

Jul. 05 2014 04:40 AM
Paddy from Melbourne, Australia

I agree with Bob.

Episodes of this program used to be available on SoundCloud.

Jun. 30 2014 09:25 PM
Bob Kratky

Hi,

I've asked this question before but, as a long-time listener to "Movies On The Radio" I'd really like to know..... why has this wonderful program been taken off the "archive" ?

Thank You,
Bob

Jun. 29 2014 08:58 AM
Playgoer

Great show, just tuned in to some great music. But could you post a Playlist, please?

Jun. 28 2014 09:41 PM

Why can't I find a playlist?

Jun. 28 2014 09:25 PM
Paul Pettigrew from Perth, Western Australia

Hi David
What's the "score" with the 105 Years of Film Music series?
The headline summary refers to "an ongoing special series on the history of film music" but the main text relates that this is the "sixth and final program in the series".
As I'll be in London — where your show is broadcast at 2am local time — for BOTH the final Saturdays in July and August, this being the end of the series means I won't miss the remaining items (80s, 90s)…

Jun. 28 2014 08:50 PM

Sorry for the dupe.

Jun. 28 2014 12:54 AM

Re. Chewbacca, Princess Leia, C3PO, Luke Skywalker and Hans Solo in 'Star Wars' -- I'm not sure who is responsible for photo captions, but it's Han Solo (not Hans).

DD~~

Jun. 28 2014 12:51 AM

I'm not sure who is responsible for photo captions, but it's Han Solo (not Hans).

DD~~

Jun. 28 2014 12:23 AM

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