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Roll Credits: June 20, 2011 - The Year 1939

Posted at 1:04 AM on June 20, 2011 by Bill Morelock (2 Comments)
Filed under: Roll Credits

Listen to Roll Credits for Monday June 20, 2011:

Gone With the Wind

Let the spirit of boilerplate movie trailer narrative guide us:

In a world dominated by the classics, an intrepid band of composers, speaking with a cinematic accent, emerges once a week during high summer, to evoke tribal tales of cowboys, and comedies, and Kansas tornadoes.

And, as you know--since they're your tales, and your memories--so much more.

On Monday nights all summer long, we'll steal an hour from the Canon of classical music, and get away to the movies.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Lynne Warfel, an unabashed fan (as she'll confess to all the world!) of film scores and their stories, will join me. And to get started tonight, we'll look into what was in the Hollywood water on the eve of World War II. The single year 1939 gave us Gone With the Wind, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, Of Mice and Men, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and The Wizard of Oz, among others. Steiner, Herrmann, Copland, Tiomkin, Arlen. And that's just the beginning.

Join us Mondays at 8 for Roll Credits, on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

The Wizard of Oz

Comments (2)

Great ! Can't wait til next weeks episode.

Posted by Dave | June 23, 2011 12:13 PM

I love the show.

Bill and Lynne, I felt like you were apologizing for playing the movie music as if you were committing a classical music "sin". I don't consider movie music to be any form of lowbrow classical music. In fact, there is a great deal of movie music that I consider better quality than many classical pieces--which can tend to wander aimlessly with no direction.

Posted by Paul | June 27, 2011 10:50 AM