KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Morning Concert: A Visit with David Raksin, 3 of 3

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
Program Series
Morning Concert
Program Length
146 min
3 of 3
| broadcast
| 1986-01-03 | created
Charles Amirkhanian talks with David Raksin about his career as a composer for Hollywood films. Raksin describes his intentions while presenting selections from some of his best known film scores. Also discussed is the lost art of melody among modern composers. Born in 1912, Raksin was known as the grandfather of film music, having composed hundreds of scores for film and television, starting with Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” and including such films as “The Bad and the Beautiful,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and “The Day After.” His theme for the film “Laura” was turned into one of the most popular songs of the mid-20th century when Johnny Mercer added lyrics to the hauntingly beautiful melody. David Raksin died in 2004.
20th century classical
Motion Picture music
Musical Selections
[music from the film "The Redeemer"] (1966) / David Raksin -- Nocturne and Theme [concert recording of music from the film "The Bad and the Beautiful"] (1952) / David Raksin
New Philharmonia Orchestra (The Bad and the Beautiful)
20th century classical
Motion picture music
Motion picture soundtrack
Orchestral music
Related places
Berkeley (Calif.) (was recorded at)
Berkeley (Calif.) (was broadcast at)
Related Entities
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Amirkhanian, Charles
Raksin, David