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Cat + Film Score

Posted at 8:43 AM on July 12, 2011 by Daniel Gilliam
Filed under: Fun finds

Oh, and listen to Roll Credits, with Bill Morelock and Lynn Warfel, on Mondays at 8pm

Roll Credits: July 12, 2011 - Romantic Films

Posted at 1:21 PM on July 12, 2011 by ClassicalMPR (1 Comments)
Filed under: Roll Credits

Breakfast at Tiffany's



The Romantic film comedies of the fifties and early sixties were memorable not only for their stories and stars, but for a kid growing up at the time, they amounted to some early imprints of that elusive quality that was soon to go out of fashion: elegance. By 1965 the Beatles had changed music (or maybe everything) and fashion was following. The studio system and its icons were fading: Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, James Stewart, et al.

Although no adolescent or teenager of the time could safely suggest rock 'n roll wasn't an unalloyed boon to mankind, I felt the loss of something I never actually had. Identity to a great extent was being limned by clothes as well as taste in music, and I looked nostalgically at the age of twelve (the year of Sgt. Pepper) to a time when everybody dressed pretty much the same. It was the force of personality, of wit and the deft negotiations with power, and society and the opposite sex that seemed to make someone interesting. The characters that were Grant, or Peck, or Stewart (speaking from the guy's point of view) had a certain order to them, while the world I lived in was gaudy, democratic, anarchic (and admittedly, intensely interesting in its way).

So when I see The Apartment, or My Fair Lady, or Casablanca, or countless others, I'm struck by what they have in common, as different as the movie experiences are. Elegance was personality free to operate within a fairly narrow range of assumptions, and accessories. A nice, neat, theatrical range, perhaps. The world seemed a little simpler than it would be, Vietnam era and ever after.

In this edition of Roll Credits Lynne Warfel and I explore movie themes from romances of these years, and some more recent, too. But it's notable how many of the later romantic comedies, like Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail, leaned on tunes from the forties and earlier. And of course in the fifties you had the movie composer who helped define the time, the always elegant, and sometimes quaintly jazzy, Henry Mancini.

We'll pursue that elusive elegance in Charade, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the movies mentioned above, as well as The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Sabrina, Topkapi, An Affair to Remember, and Carousel.

Bill Morelock

Playlist

Kurt Weill/Maxwell Anderson - September Song Walter Huston, vocal ASV 5246

Herman Hupfeld, arr. Chertock - As Time Goes By
Michael Chertock, piano
Telarc 80357

Charles Williams - The Apartment
RCA 60393

Bernard Herrmann - The Ghost and Mrs. Muir: The Late Sea; Forever
Bernard Herrmann, conductor
Studio Orchestra
Varese Sarabande 5850

Frederick Loewe/Alan Jay Lerner - My Fair Lady: I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
Original Cast Recording
Rex Harrison, vocal
Sony 89997

Henry Mancini - Charade
Studio Orchestra
Big Screen Records 24503

Manos Hadjidakis - Theme from Topkapi
Nic Raine, conductor
City of Prague Philharmonic
Silva 1052

Harry Warren/Hugo Friedhofer - An Affair to Remember
John Mauceri, conductor
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Philips 446 681

Jule Styne/Comden & Green - Make Someone Happy
Jimmy Durante
Warner Archives 734

Alex North - Unchained Melody
John Mauceri, conductor
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Philips 446 681

Rodger & Hammerstein - If I Loved You from Carousel
Original Soundtrack Recording
Gordon MacRae, vocal
Angel 27352

Rodgers & Hammerstein - Out of My Dreams from Oklahoma
Original Sountrack Recording
Shirley Jones, vocal
Capitol 46631

Frederick Hollander - Sabrina
Charles Gearhardt, conductor
National Philharmonic
RCA 422

Herman Hupfeld - As Time Goes By
Harry Nilsson, vocal
RCA 3761

Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer - Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn, vocal
Big Screen Records 24503

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Courtney and The Dude

Posted at 1:48 PM on July 12, 2011 by John Birge

Courtney Lewis, associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, has been chosen by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for its Dudamel Fellowship Program.
Lewis will spend about a month working alongside Gustavo Dudamel, the Music Director of the LA Phil. Lewis will continue his activites with the Minnesota Orchestra as well.

When Courtney Lewis arrived in Minnesota in 2009, I talked to him about his new job here, and his plans for the future. You can listen to our conversation and see video here.

On the Air This Week

Posted at 3:47 PM on July 12, 2011 by Rex Levang
Filed under: On the air

Highlights from July 12 to 19

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Minnesota Symphonic Winds
Saturday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest: music of Vaughan Williams and Beethoven (his Ninth Symphony)
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Seeing Is Believing
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Faure, Ravel and Schubert
Monday, 8 pm: Roll Credits