From the Library: Movie Magic!

Today’s pro­gramme in our series From the Library fea­tures pri­mar­i­ly instru­men­tal film music from movies released in the 1930s onwards. The ear­li­est film score rep­re­sent­ed is prob­a­bly Sir Arthur Blis­s’s stun­ning music for the film adap­ta­tion of HG Wells’ Things To Come, arguably one of the best sci­ence fic­tion films ever made, despite being very much of its era. Indeed, you’ll hear a fair amount of music from SF movies today.

From the Thir­ties and For­ties we also present music by British film music com­posers such as William Alwyn and Richard Addin­sell, and there are con­tri­bu­tions from William Wal­ton. Amer­i­can com­posers are also rep­re­sent­ed, includ­ing Stein­er, Sil­vestri, Manci­ni and Gold­smith. You’ll encounter quite a wealth of John Williams today too, from Star Wars to Har­ry Pot­ter, and in addi­tion we’ll be fea­tur­ing pieces of clas­si­cal music that have played a vital role in the movies.

You may also spot music from the film The Bat­tle of Britain (poster, above left): both excerpts from the orig­i­nal William Wal­ton score and Ron Good­win’s music that was final­ly used. There are plen­ty of oth­er exam­ples from both com­posers, too.

At 14:00 SLT, this pro­gramme will be replaced by a two-hour selec­tion of Steam­punk and relat­ed music for the Prim­graph par­ty, with a return to our pro­gramme of film music at 16:00.

The pro­gramme today is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in asso­ci­a­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at http://main.radioriel.org.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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