Jerry Goldsmith on TV

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

The talented, innovative soundtrack composer Jerry Goldsmith died on July 21, 2004. On this anniversary of his death we celebrate his abundant creativity and resourcefulness by hearing some of the scores he wrote for television. TV shows almost never have movie-sized music budgets, so composers have to make the most of small ensembles, and Goldsmith worked with that limitation quite elegantly again and again.

David Garland presents highlights of Goldsmith's music for TV series and TV movies such as "The Twilight Zone," "Dr. Kildare," "Cain's Hundred," "The Homecoming" ("The Waltons"), "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Playhouse 90," "Room 222," "The Going Up of David Lev," "A Girl Named Sooner" and more.

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Comments [9]

dean poulsen from Manalapan,NJ

Mr.Goldsmith also wrote scores for the Boris Karloff hosted "Thriller" series.
My favorite of these was an episode entitled "Pigeons from Hell", a chilling score for
acoustic string quartet,no effects, no reverb just strings. I have the whole series.
Dean Poulsen

Oct. 13 2012 10:16 AM
David Garland

Thanks for your comments. Does anyone have a favorite Goldsmith TV score that I overlooked? I know he did some Westerns early on, but other than the theme for "Black Saddle," I haven't found that any of that material has been commercially released. I ran out of time for "A Girl Named Sooner," which is a lovely score, so check that out if you can (on the Film Score Monthly label).

Here's the playlist, showing composer (Goldsmith exclusively in this case) - film or TV show title - piece - record company:

Jerry Goldsmith - The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Vol. 1 - First Season Main Title - Film Score Monthly

Jerry Goldsmith - Playhouse 90: Marriage Of Strangers / A New Home - Jerry Goldsmith: The Early Years, Vol. 1 - Prometheus

Jerry Goldsmith - Perry Mason: Case Of The Blushing Pearls - The Pearls / Caught In The Act - Jerry Goldsmith: The Early Years, Vol. 1 - Prometheus

Jerry Goldsmith - Dr. Kildare - First Season End Title - Film Score Monthly

Jerry Goldsmith - Dr. Kildare - Shining Image: The Artisan / The Flowers - Film Score Monthly

Jerry Goldsmith - Dr. Kildare - Medley of Act Opens / Morning Rounds / Chapter Title / Old Friends / Office Visit / Supper Time - Film Score Monthly

Jerry Goldsmith - The Homecoming - Growing Pains - Film Score Monthly

Jerry Goldsmith - The Homecoming - A Serious Matter - Film Score Monthly

Jerry Goldsmith - Police Story - Hot Car - Prometheus

Jerry Goldsmith - Winter Kill - Shootout - Film Score Monthly

Jerry Goldsmith - The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Vol. 3 - Medley (The Deadly Games Affair, The Vulcan Affair, The King of Knaves Affair) - Film Score Monthly

Jerry Goldsmith - Dust - The Twilight Zone - Silva Screen

Jerry Goldsmith - Room 222 - Theme - Film Score Monthly

Jerry Goldsmith - A Tree Grows In Brooklyn - Main Title - Jerry Goldsmith at 20th Century Fox - Varese Sarabande

Jerry Goldsmith - Cain's Hundred - Unexpected Kiss / Without Ulcers - Film Score Monthly

Jerry Goldsmith - The Going Up of David Lev - The Legend (excerpt) - BSX

Jul. 22 2012 01:26 PM
Howard L from Midland Park, NJ

You know you are a Goldsmithian when you just join in, hear a few bars and say to yourself that sounds like his "Dust" from Twilight Zone...and you're right. Thank you, WQXR, for reminding us how much was lost this day 8 years ago but how much there still is to celebrate.

Jul. 21 2012 10:03 PM
Stephanie J. Hughes from manchester, NJ

David, thank you for a wonderful show for an irreplaceable man:Eight years already. He was such a gift to us. He is missed so much by me. Film music has changed so since the "departures" of Jerry Goldsmith and Elmer Bernstein. Thank you so much!!

Jul. 21 2012 10:01 PM
robin banff

You do such wonderful shows.

Jul. 21 2012 09:59 PM

gteat music scores david. Love the program

Jul. 21 2012 09:58 PM
Irene O'Garde from Garrison, NY

Dear David Garland--

Thanks for a great show-- nostalgia, yes, but also musical reassessment! And heartfelt
appreciation for your sensitivity to Aurora--

You're warm and thoughtful radio presence-- very valued, these days--

Irene O'Garden

Jul. 21 2012 09:56 PM
Marc Witz

I take it back

Jul. 21 2012 09:27 PM
Marc Witz

No Police Story?

Jul. 21 2012 09:20 PM

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