Haunting Soundtracks IV: 'Musique Fantastique'

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"The right kind of music can transform a scene into an experience," writes Randall Larson in his book Musique Fantastique: 100 Years of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror Film Music. Originally published in 1985, Musique Fantastique was the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the music composed for such genre films. Now Larson has prepared a new edition of his book, expanded to four volumes(!), with more composer interviews, more films covered, more insights and information.

Throughout October, the spookiest month, David Garland presents an intriguing range of music from horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films. Resourceful composers have found many different ways to chill spines, evoke thrills, be seductively scary, and get on your nerves.

Tonight, David Garland is joined by Randall Larson, who tells of his love of movie music, his newly-expanded book, and some of his favorite film scores.