Ray Bradbury at the Movies

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

The imaginative author Ray Bradbury has provoked a sense of wow and wonder in millions of readers. His science fiction and fantasy stories have also inspired film and TV adaptations, and the music composed for those projects is full of a sense of wonder, too.


On this week’s Movies on the Radio, host David Garland presents soundtracks from Ray Bradbury-based movies such as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The Illustrated Man, by composers Bernard Herrmann, Stanley Myers, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, and others.


Bernard Herrmann - Fahrenheit 451 - suite - National Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. by Herrmann - London

David Buttolph - The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms - suite - Monstrous Movie Music

Jerry Goldsmith - The Illustrated Man - Skin Illustrations, 21st Century House, Main Title - Film Score Monthly

Jerry Goldsmith - Christus Apollo - Part 4 (excerpt) - London Symphony Orchestra, cond. by Goldsmith - Telarc

Stanley Myers - The Martian Chronicles - suite - Airstrip One

James Horner - Something Wicked This Way Comes - Main Title - Intrada

Nathan Van Cleave - I Sing the Body Electric (The Twilight Zone) - Silva Treasury

Comments [3]

John R. Pascal from New Jersey

I teach "The Martian Chronicles" to ninth graders. Each year's classes are thrilled with Bradbury's ability to excite us in one paragraph, make us cry in the next one, and terrify us in the third paragraph. I urge lovers of his literature to watch his TV series of the late 1980s called "The Ray Bradbury Theater." He adapted several of the "Chronicles" stories to his show and they are extremely powerful in imaginative energy! May Ray Bradbury "LIVE FOREVER!"

Jul. 31 2010 09:48 PM
Mike Suomi from NYC

Among the many Bradbury novels and stories I have read, the "The Halloween Tree" had a powerful influence on me when I first read it as a boy. I remember it's effects 35 years later!

Jul. 31 2010 09:37 PM
Peter Weis from New York

Bradbury is known as a science fiction writer mostly because of Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 but he wrote many short stories about other things related to small town american life and everyday events.

Great theme for a show I didn't realize Bernard Herman had scored Fahrenheit 451

Jul. 31 2010 09:08 PM

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