George Duning: Master of Tenderness

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'Picnic' starred William Holden and Kim Novak in leading roles

George Duning (1908-2000) may not have the most familiar name in soundtrack composing, but his music is striking and unforgettable. Duning could write well for most any type of story, but he excelled at conveying tenderness. His ability to evoke empathy opened the hearts of millions of movie-goers to the characters in "Picnic," "From Here to Eternity," "Toys in the Attic," and other films.

Duning balanced a contemporary musical sensibility with a sense of restraint and sincerity, to make affecting, deeply-felt music that avoids overt sentimentality. David Garland presents tender highlights from several of Duning's film and TV scores.