The Dark Drama of Film Noir

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The Film Noir genre may be best known for its hard-boiled heroes, deceitful dames, and deeply shadowed stories and cinematography, but music also plays an important part in these dark dramas.

Composers such as Miklos Rozsa ("Double Indemnity," "Asphalt Jungle"), Max Steiner ("The Big Sleep"), Adolph Deutsch ("The Maltese Falcon"), and Bernard Herrmann ("Hangover Square") brought their considerable skills to Film Noir, blending symphonic drama and jazz harmonies to create the perfect ambiance for rainy night intrigue. On this program David Garland presents the sound of Film Noir classics.