Music for Elizabeth Taylor

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

A still from A still from "Butterfield 8," the 1960 film that won Elizabeth Taylor her first academy award. (YouTube)

Elizabeth Taylor performed in a wide range of films, creating unforgettable characters. Her beauty, intensity, and vulnerability made her extraordinary roles believable. So did the music composed for these films by such inventive greats as Alex North, Franz Waxman, John Barry, Johnny Mandel and others. Host David Garland offers musical highlights from Elizabeth Taylor films including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cleopatra, Butterfield 8, Raintree County, Boom, The Sandpiper, and A Place in the Sun.


Alex North - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Sad, Sad, Sad - Tsunami

Franz Waxman - A Place in the Sun - Angela - Soundtrack Library

Miklos Rozsa - The V.I.P.s - Adorable Invitation, Question of Pride/Suicide Threat/Finale - Film Score Monthly

John Barry - Boom! - The Shock Of Each Moment Of Still Being Alive - MCA

Dominic Frontiere - Hammersmith Is Out - Get Me Out of Here - Capitol

Laurence Rosenthal - The Comedians - Madame L'Ambassadrice - Windemere Music Publishers

Johnny Mandel - The Sandpiper - Weekend Montage [unedited version] - Verve

Mario Nascimbene - Doctor Faustus - Helen's Theme - DRG

Alex North - Cleopatra - Antony and Cleopatra's Love - Varese Sarabande

John Barry - Elizabeth Taylor In London - Lovers And Browning (Including Portuguese Sonnets By Elizabeth Barrett Browning) - Colpix

Bronislau Kaper - BUtterfield 8 - The Lighter/My Way - Film Score Monthly

Johnny Green - Raintree County - I Lied/Country Road/Johnny's Book/Best Friend - Film Score Monthly

Comments [2]

Stephanie J. Hughes from Manchester, NJ

As a fairly new listener to your show, David, I want to tell you how happy you've made me, an ardent film score addict and Elizabeth Taylor fan. I now live in So. Jersey and lost QXR for a short while; I finally got a computer @ home. Now you're heard a lot - and appreciated. Thank you for a wonderful show.

Mar. 28 2011 09:18 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from BOONTON, NJ

ELIZABETH TAYLOR possessed in one personage, beauty in her youth, a rare ability to be credible in a wide range of roles, unflagging courage in her personal health problems, courage to speak out in humanitarian and on health matters, stamina to perform in 50 roles on screen besides appearing on Broadway over a period of seventy years, and, all the while, being loved by generations, of all races, ages, and political persuasions. NO ONE BUT SHE could capture the newsworthy attention of the world even above the other momentous events of the day in the reverence spoken of her at her passing.
R.i.P., Elizabeth, so lucky are we your admirers to have lived in your lifetime.

Mar. 26 2011 04:53 PM

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