The Sound of Cinematic Snow

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Still from 'Doctor Zhivago' Still from 'Doctor Zhivago' (N/A)

Wintertime is lovely—on the silver screen. When you don't have to shovel it, snow can look quite beautiful. Quite a few films have been memorably set in wintery environments, and David Garland presents music from such scenes, including evocative scores from "Doctor Zhivago," "Frozen," "The Lion In Winter," "Game Of Thrones," "The Empire Strikes Back," and more.

What are your favorite snowy scenes set to music in film? Leave your comments below.

Comments [5]

David Johnson from United States

easily, the finest use of snowscapes is the great Robert Altman's McCABE AND MRS. MILLER. and its being quite by accident makes it more magical. I love this film. SNOW, LEONARD COHEN'S SUBLIME SONGS, AND INCANDESCENT JULIE CHRISTIE, its for me one of the greatest films ever made.

Dec. 13 2014 11:07 PM

Thank you, David, for including an audio clip from "The Snowman" this evening.

If any of your listeners have children and have not yet seen this video, I can't recommend it highly enough.

In my opinion, it may be the best animated video ever made. My kids grew up with it -- every Christmas.


Dec. 13 2014 09:57 PM
Eileen T. from NJ

Incredible. I'd just uploaded my cd copy of James Newton Howard's score to "Snow Falling on Cedars", one of my favorite scores of all time, one of the loveliest and most haunting ever composed, and a favorite winter accompaniment.

... and here it is featured on David Garland's program. Thank you for sharing this wonderful work!

Dec. 13 2014 09:52 PM
Chump from SeventhInferno

Really beautiful, seasonal selection tonight. The SNOWMAN song, from a short film, was a real find---a sort of solo in a boy's cathedral choir.
I hope you are not entertaining requests for "White Christmas" or "Holiday Inn." (Different genres, of course. No disrespect!)

Dec. 13 2014 09:47 PM

I don't know if you're open to taking requests (or if your programme is more or less set)… but I just tuned in and immediately a scene came to mind -- from Ken Russell's "Women in Love", where Gerald Crich (played by Oliver Reed) finally succumbs to his fate and, in the blinding white expanse of the snowy alps, trudges out into a field of white, and lies down in it to take his leave. It's an extremely moving moment, brought into heightened relief by Georges Delerue's poignant score.

Dec. 13 2014 09:21 PM

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