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This episode of All Ears previously aired on January 8, 2011.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ever since Hollywood invented talkies, there’s been a demand for music to enhance cinema. As a result, in the last century or so, the composer’s biggest venue has been the movie theater. Through film and TV, composers like Lalo Schifrin (Mission: Impossible), Cliff Burwell (almost every Coen Brothers film) and Gershwin (countless films) have all penetrated our collective ear.

This week Terrance McKnight offers an Imani Winds performance of Schifrin's jazz-infused La nouvelle Orleans, a concert piece that conjures up a New Orleans funeral procession.

Educated by Messiaen and band mates with Dizzy Gillespie, film composer Lalo Schifrin has achieved household pop status with his Mission: Impossible theme song. Tongue and cheek references to the 8-note melody have come to represent all things stealthy.

There must be something to a guy who defined a genre of popular music with a song in an odd time signature. And birthed music almost too scary to listen to for The Exorcist. In the early 60’s, Schifrin’s score for the film was too scary for test audiences, disclosing in an interview that along with the images of the trailer, it was too "heavy and frightening, so most [of the audience] went to the toilet to vomit." Warner Brothers executives ended up rejecting his score completely.

Fear not. We'll show you Schifrin's sweet and tuneful side.

Also, we hear Cliff Burwell’s Sweet Lorraine, Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me via Keith Jarret, and Golijov’s Oceana: Call.

Playlist:

Excursions for Piano, Op. 20
Samuel Barber
Leo Smit, piano
Music Masters

Evening Song

Zoltan Kodaly
Crofut Consort
Julianne Baird, soprano
Albany

Nocturne No. 5 in B-flat

John Field
Miceal O'Rourke, piano
Chandos

Improvisation No. 1

Yungchen Lhamo
Yungchen Lhamo, vocalist
WNYC Archives

Ritual Prayer
Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett, piano
ECM

Someone to Watch Over Me

Ira Gershwin/George Gershwin
Keith Jarrett, piano
ECM

Sonata for Violin and Cello

Maurice Ravel
Nigel Kennedy, violin
Lynn Harrell, cello

Danzas espanolas: 'Andaluza' (Playera)

Enrique Granados
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Samuel Sanders, piano
Angel/EMI

Oceana: Call

Osvaldo Golijov
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Robert Spano, conductor
Luciana Souza, vocalist
Elizabeth Remy Johnson, harp
Jamie Haddad, percussion
Jay Anderson, bass
Scott Tennant / John Dearman, guitars
Gwinnett Young Singers
Deutsche Grammophon

Flight of Whispers
Jason Kao Hwang
Music for Homemade Instruments
New World

Sweet Lorraine
Cliff Burwell (lyrics by Mitchell Parish)
Stephane Grappelli, violin
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
CBS/Sony

City Life

Steve Reich
Steve Reich Ensemble
Bradley Lubman, conductor
Nonesuch

La nouvelle Orleans
Lalo Schifrin
Imani Winds
Koch

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