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

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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 third program in the series features music from the 1940s. America's involvement in World War II during the first half of the decade gave filmmakers plenty of stories to tell, and new genres such as Film Noir were developed.

Garland presents music by significant composers who were then new to the field, such as Miklos Rozsa, Bernard Herrmann and Hugo Friedhofer, plus scores by some of Hollywood's established greats, from movies such as "The Best Years of Our Lives," "Casablanca," "The Maltese Falcon," "Double Indemnity," "Citizen Kane" and "Spellbound."