When Classical Music That Was Never Meant for Film Becomes the Score

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Film scores usually happen this way: The director shoots his or her movie, then goes to a composer and says, "write me a score."

Usually. But not always.

This time on The Furthermore, we'll hear classical music both old and new that was never meant for film, but which caught the ears of various filmmakers. The composers range from Mozart to Arvo Pärt. The directors range from Stanley Kubrick to Guy Ritchie, which is perhaps another way of saying from the sublime to the ridiculous. We'll also hear contemporary music written by Richard Einhorn for a movie that hasn't been contemporary since the Roaring '20s.

Tune in Saturday at 9 pm and Wednesday at 10 pm on WQXR.

Program playlist: 

Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, introduction (2001: A Space Odyssey)
LA Philharmonic; Zubin Mehta, conductor

G.F. Handel: Sarabande (Barry Lyndon)
National Philharmonic Orchestra; Leonard Rosenman, conductor 

Jocelyn Pook: The Dream (Eyes Wide Shut)
Jocelyn Pook Ensemble 

Richard Einhorn: Voices of Light: Pater Noster (The Passion Of Joan Of Arc)
Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Steven Mercurio, conductor; Anonymous 4; soloists 

Franz Schubert: Trio in E-flat, film arrangement of second movement (Barry Lyndon)
Ralph Holmes, violin; Moray Welsh, cello; Anthony Goldstone, piano; Leonard Rosenman, arrangement 

Richard Einhorn: Voices of Light: The Jailers (The Passion Of Joan Of Arc)
Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Steven Mercurio, conductor; Anonymous 4; soloists 

Arvo Pärt: Für Alina (Swept Away)
Vladimir Spivakov, violin; Sergei Bezrodny, piano

W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, second movement (Elvira Madigan)
Camerata Accademica Salzburg; Geza Anda, conductor and piano 

Richard Einhorn: Voices of Light: Fire of the Dove (The Passion Of Joan Of Arc)
Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Steven Mercurio, conductor  

Benjamin Britten: Noye’s Fludde, The Spacious Firmament On High (Moonrise Kingdom)
English Opera Group Orchestra; The Chorus Of Animals