Edgar Allan Poe at the Movies

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Writer Edgar Allan Poe, the great master of the macabre, created stories that have conjured vivid scenes in the imaginations of generations of readers. Naturally, filmmakers have been keen to bring Poe's dramatic stories to the silver screen. Some have succeeded, others haven't done full justice to Poe's powerful visions, but all have been been aided by music, and David Garland presents an hour of Poe-inspired soundtracks.

From the gothic drama of Les Baxter's score for "House of Usher," to Nino Rota's insouciant music for Fellini's adaptation of "Never Bet the Devil Your Head," a range of moody music is heard, plus a special dramatic reading from "The Pit and the Pendulum" with musical accompaniment!

Comments [3]

Jonathan Brown from Lawrence, New York

Sorry...did not give credit to Mahler for Death in Venice

Oct. 28 2013 04:59 PM
Jonathan Brown from Lawrence, New York


If you don't like movie music just don't put on the station on Saturday between 9 and 10PM... actually movie music is inspired by classical music. Dimitri Tiomkin said in his Oscar speech that he stole from the classical composers. I am sure others did as well. If you think of Wagner you can hear that his music could easily be used as film music.. The adagio from Symphony number 5 for Death in Venice and the adagio from Piano Concerto #21 by Mozart from Elvira Madigan were used quite often in these films and many people probably did not even now where they were originally from.

Oct. 28 2013 04:55 PM

Please let me understand what has this to do with the " classical music" in your promotions. It prompts me to change station as fast as I can. Do you really have to support Mr. Garland's predilections rather than gathering to your
Is there anyone at WQXR listening to the broadcasts?

Oct. 26 2013 09:45 PM

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