It’s a Double-Birthday, this week on Soundtrack!

November 28, 2020, 8:55 am

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Two American composers, each with their own iconic style, are celebrated this week on Soundtrack.

Chicago Tribune film critic and Soundtrack “leading man”, Michael Phillips brings a lesser-known score by Alex North, born on December 4, 1910. We’ll hear cuts from North’s 1951 film score, A Streetcar Named Desire.

And did you know jazz great Dave Brubeck’s music made an appearance on the silver screen? It did; one of Brubeck’s best-known pieces (although alto sax player and ensemble member Paul Desmond actually wrote it) Take Five appeared in the soundtrack of the 1998 movie, Pleasantville. Dave Brubeck’s birthday is December 6, 1920.

Playlist

Alex North:  A Streetcar Named Desire, excerpts from the motion picture soundtrack performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Jerry Goldsmith.

Peter McConnell:  Stay Out of The Moonlight, from the video game , Psychonauts.

Jerry Goldsmith: Star Trek, The New Enterprise.   John Mauceri leading The London Philharmonic.

Sir Arthur Sullivan:  Overture, The Goldoliers.  ASMF, sir Neville Marriner.

Eric Satie: Trois Gymnopedies, Guitarist Christopher Parkening.

Dave Brubeck: Strange Meadowlark, and It’s a Raggy Waltz performed by Quartet San Francisco.