Duke Ellington performs at the Aquarium in New York City
Black History Month is the focus on Soundtrack this February. Today we feature the music of Duke Ellington including the 1965 Frank Sinatra film, Assault on A Queen, and one of Duke’s symphonic compositions honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Three Black Kings.
And for an early Valentine treat , Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips has a classic love theme by Nino Rota, and Soundtrack producer Greg Broderick offers his own Theme of Love from FFIV
Duke Ellington: selections from the original motion picture soundtrack for Assault on a Queen (1965); Solitude, performed by pianist Lara Downs, and Take The A Train, Daniel Barenboim and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Joann Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic in a recording of Ellington’s Three Black Kings.
Nino Rota: A Time for Us, from Romeo and Juliet (1968).
Theme of Love, from Final Fantasy IV, in a recording by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.