The Sounds of Cinematic Summer

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Spring has sprung, and summer is steadily approaching. Before we get to the hottest, most humid days, let's comfortably hear them evoked in music created for films.

David Garland presents highlights from "Summer and Smoke," "Smiles Of A Summer Night," "Picnic," "Summer Of '42," "A Summer Place," and other movies that convey the joy and memories of summer, as well as the heat.

Watch the trailer for "Summer of '42," featuring Michel Legrand's score:

Here's the trailer for "Picnic," from 1955, with music by George Duning:

And perhaps most famously, the Percy Faith Orchestra playing Max Steiner's theme from the classic 1959 film "A Summer Place":

Comments [1]

Carolyn Geary from Eureka, Ca.

I so enjoy your program Movies On Radio. And tonight's program was especially enjoyable. I love Max Steiner's film scores and A Summer Place is one of my favorites of his later work. I do get a kick out of the way he recycled some of his film scores. I noticed the theme in tract one was recycled from "A stolen Life" 1946.

I try to listen every Saturday night.
I would love to hear a program devoted to Bernard Herrmann.

May. 30 2015 10:18 PM

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