Music for Memorial Day

May 27, 2019, 10:00 pm

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The cast of Glory (1989)

Join Michael Phillips for an hour-long edition of The Film Score to commemorate Memorial Day.  This program explores music composed for stories of the Civil War, World War I, the Vietnam War, and the post-9/11 world we inhabit today.

Selections include James Horner’s “Preparations for Battle” from the movie Glory, a Civil War drama that delves into the first all-black volunteer company fighting on the Union side. You can also hear King Vidor’s 1925 World War I epic The Big Parade, which has two scores.  Curiously, the original William Axt score and the second version, which Thames Television commissioned of composer Carl Davis, both incorporated the George M. Cohan standard “Over There” and Isham Jones’s “You’re in the Army Now.”

The program pays particular attention to World War II movies, and will feature Jerry Goldsmith’s haunting main title theme from Patton, as well as Hugo Friedhofer’s score written for the 1946 home front drama The Best Years of Our Lives.

These film music selections evoke so many emotions, some purely rousing (Elmer Bernstein’s The Great Escape), others ineffably sad (Ennio Morricone’s Casualties of War).

The program also includes music from The Big Parade by Carl Davis, “Hymn to the Fallen” from Saving Private Ryan by John Williams, “The Homecoming” from The Best Years of Our Lives by Hugo Friedhofer, and “Maya On Plane” from Zero Dark Thirty by Alexandre Desplat.