Chamber Music Scores

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Some films require lavishly large, sumptuous symphonic scores, but others are better served by music on a more intimate scale. Chamber music can be very effective in film scores, for example the delicate subtlety of Elmer Bernstein’s music for “Birdman of Alcatraz,” Eddy Manson’s solo harmonica score for the 1953 indie “Little Fugitive,” and Clint Mansell’s music for the Kronos String Quartet for Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream.” Host David Garland presents these and many other examples of small-scale film scores in which less is more.


Narciso Yepes - Jeux interdits (Romance) - Romance D'amour - iTunes

Alberto Iglesias - The Flower of my Secret - Titulos - Sony Music

Alex North - Death of a Salesman - m14 - Kritzerland

Elmer Bernstein - Birdman of Alcatraz - Apology, Cage Building - Varese Sarabande

Elmer Bernstein - 7 Women - Dreams - Film Score Monthly

Bernard Herrmann - Outer Space Suite - Prelude, Starlight - Cerberus Records

Anton Karas - The Third Man - Cuckoo Clock, Anna Walks Away/The Harry Lime Theme - Silva America

Eddy Manson - Little Fugitive - Joey's Theme, Coney Island - Folkways

Ry Cooder - Paris, Texas - Main Title - Warner Bros.

Jon Brion - Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind - Theme - Hollywood Records

Teddy Blank - Tiny Furniture - The Greatest Little -

Kohn Kaada - O'Horten - Blind Driving - Varese Sarabande

Jeff Beal - Pollock - Art of This Century - Unitone

John Zorn - The Rain Horse - Tears of Morning - Tzadik

Jack Ackerman - Faces - Love Is All You Really Want - Columbia

Clint Mansell - Requiem for a Dream - Lux Aeterna - Nonesuch