Lights, Camera, Music! A Film-Music Marathon

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On Monday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Mar. 1, Q2 Music presents Lights, Camera, Music! – a 24-hour kaleidoscopic survey of the most innovative and new-music inflected film scores. Hosted by WQXR's David Garland (Movies on the Radio), this day-long marathon shares soundtracks that demand to be heard on their own terms.

Music composed for film is the most vibrant, varied, experimental and widely-heard instrumental music of our time. In feature films, indies, documentaries, abstract movies, and more, music plays a crucial role, communicating story and mood, adding a unique dimension. But when film scores are working their magic on movie viewers, the power of the music is usually absorbed subconsciously. That's why it can be so surprising and exciting to bring the composers' contributions into focus by listening to the music on its own.

Lights, Camera, Music! includes excerpts from across the rich spectrum of original film music, including:

  • Cult favorites Clint Mansell ("The Fountain," "Requiem for a Dream"), Angelo Badalamenti ("The City of Lost Children"), Rachel Portman ("Chocolat"), Cliff Martinez ("Traffic," "Solaris"); Jon Brion ("I Heart Huckabees"); Carter Burwell ("Where the Wild Things Are"); Javier Navarrete ("Pan's Labyrinth")

  • Rock icons Jonny Greenwood ("There Will Be Blood," "Bodysong"), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross ("The Social Network," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"), Andrew Bird ("Norman"), Arcade Fire ("Her"), Massive Attack ("Danny the Dog"); The Necks ("The Boys")

  • Curveball selections from Hollywood big-wigs Alexandre Desplat ("Moonrise Kingdom," "Fantastic Mr. Fox"); Thomas Newman ("American Beauty," "Shawshank Redemption"); Howard Shore ("Crash"); John Williams ("Images")

  • New-music mainstays Jóhann Jóhannsson ("Prisoners," "Copenhagen Dreams"), Philip Glass ("The Hours," "The Illusionist"), John Zorn ("The Last Supper"), Toru Takemitsu ("Rikyu"), Ólafur Arnalds ("Broad Church"), Michael Nyman ("Wonderland")

  • Legendary film score pioneers Leonard Rosenman ("Fantastic Voyage"), Quincy Jones ("In the Heat of the Night"), Bernard Herrmann ("Misadventure"), Ennio Morricone ("The Best Offer," "Maddalena"), Louis & Bebe Barron ("Forbidden Planet") and many, many more! 

We'd love to hear from you too, so let us know what film scores you find the most breath-taking and awe-inspiring by leaving your favorites in the comments section below.