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Saturday, April 07, 2012

On this week's Movies on the Radio, host David Garland offers suites from "King of Kings," by Miklos Rozsa, and "The Greatest Story Ever Told," by Alfred Newman.

Also included is music by Maurice Jarre for "Jesus of Nazareth" and a more recent take on the Biblical epic: John Debney's score for "The Passion of the Christ."

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Comments [2]

ardath_bey

Interesting post, Kenneth, I'm a collector of film scores but unfortunately have no titles by George Antheil in my library. I see that he scored films from 1935 to 1957. What was his style? Dementia (1955) seems to be his most famous film work, I'd love to hear it. It sounds like the sort of film my favorite Bernard Herrmann would score.

Also, unrelated, I see that you write from Lake Hiawatha, go watch the Lucy Show episode Lucy Gets Amnesia, Lake Hiawatha is mentioned a couple of times haaha

Apr. 07 2012 12:05 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Miklos Rozsa, Alfred Newman, and Maurice Jarre and many many more composers of tone poem quality orchestrations amply support the dramatic picturalizations in cinema. The composer writing the music for the 1953 Columbia Pictures film THE JUGGLER was the Trenton, NJ-born George Antheil. George cast me in the leading tenor role of Mosca in the world premiere of his opera VOLPONE, based on the play by a great playwright who was also the friend of Shakespeare, BEN JONSON. My cousin MICHAEL BLANKFORT was both the writer of the JUGGLER and its screenwriter. Opera composers, famous as GEORGE ANTHEIL, who had composed film music to over one hundred films, make good programmatic incidental music given their opera dramaturgy experience. George had me sing to Michael over the phone in his New York rehearsal room to put forward my operatic voice as a candidate for upcoming MGM musicals, George being in a potential advisory capacity in Hollywood. But I decided to stay in New York considering that opera house talent scouts do not go to Hollywood seeking voices. Shortly after I turned down, with appreciation, Michael's offer to pay my expenses for travel to Hollywood, MARIO LANZA was auditioned and signed up. One of Hollywood's BEST castings!

Apr. 06 2012 08:19 PM

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