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This Tape Won't Self-Destruct in Five Seconds

Posted at 12:00 AM on September 17, 2007 by John Birge

On NPR's Weekend Edition yesterday, what an interesting, wide-ranging interview with Lalo Schifrin.

He has considerable classical credentials going back to his childhood, when his father was a violinist in the Teatro Colon Orchestra. Lalo Schifrin studied with Olivier Messiaen and Charles Koechlin, composed for Dizzy Gillespie, and arranged for The Three Tenors (he tells a great story about Pavarotti in the NPR interview).

But of course, Lalo Schifrin will always be best remembered for composing this music (forever associated with Minneapolis native and former teen dj at WMIN, Peter Graves):