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Classical Notes: June 28, 2011 Archive

On the Air This Week

Posted at 4:48 PM on June 28, 2011 by Rex Levang
Filed under: On the air

Highlights from June 30 to July 4

Lots of great American music coming up. . . .

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Magnum Chorum
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Beyond Stars and Stripes
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast:The Minnesota Orchestra in Copland and Orff
Monday, 8 pm: Roll Credits: America in the Movies
Monday, 10 pm: Music for the (Minnesota) Fireworks

Roll Credits: June 27, 2011 - Science Fiction

Posted at 5:03 PM on June 28, 2011 by ClassicalMPR (2 Comments)
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The score was, according to its composer Louis Barron, a series of "bleeps, blurps, whirs, whines, throbs, hums, and screeches." The character Robby the Robot cost $125,000 to build (this was 1956), and was the progenitor of later iconic actor-inhabited robots like C-3PO and R2-D2. Forbidden Planet was the first science fiction film to take place completely away from earth, and presumably the first whose plot was loosely based on a Shakepeare play (The Tempest).

This week's Roll Credits, with Lynne Warfel and Bill Morelock, begins with Forbidden Planet's bleeps, burps, etc., but quickly moves on to the household name space movies it helped spawn: Star Trek and Star Wars.

We also listen to Bernard Herrmann's score to The Day the Earth Stood Still; John Williams pays "tribute" to two prominent European composers; and Bill deals with issues surrounding his apparent descendants in The Time Machine (the H.G. Wells' monster-species is spelled differently though; a saving grace.)

Hope you enjoy Roll Credits, the Sci-fi edition.


Louis & Bebe Barron - Forbidden Planet
John Mauceri, conductor
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

Alexander Courage - Star Trek--The Television Show
John Williams, conductor
The Boston Pops

Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Jerry Goldsmith, conductor
London Symphony

Marius Constant - Theme from The Twilight Zone
Erich Kunzel, conductor
Cincinnati Pops

Ennio Morricone - The Thing
Paul Bateman, conductor
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Bernard Herrmann - The Day the Earth Stood Still
Bernard Herrmann, conductor
National Philharmonic

Alex North - Fanfare for 2001: A Space Odyssey
Erich Kunzel, conductor
Cincinnati Pops

Erich Wolfgang Korngold - King's Row, Main Title
Charles Gearhardt, conductor
National Philharmonic

John Williams - Star Wars, Main Theme
John Williams, conductor
Boston Pops

Dvorak - Piano Tri in e minor "Dumky": VI
Beaux Arts Trio

John Williams - E.T. Flying Theme
John Williams, conductor
Boston Pops

Klaus Badelt - The Time Machine: Morlocks Attack
Studio Orchestra

Bill Conti - The Right Stuff
Erich Kunzel, conductor
Cincinnati Pops

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