Please Note: This program has a rescheduled date (originally April 5, 2020).
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Since the beginning of the talkies, film directors have turned to classical music for their soundtracks. Whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss, Mascagni, Puccini, or Bach, opuses of almost every famous composer have added emotional depth to hundreds of films.
With fascinating clips, witty commentary, and piano demonstrations, concert pianist and movie fanatic Rachel Franklin delves into the magic of some of the greatest film music ever composed (even when it was unintentional).
British-born Franklin is a popular speaker and performer in the mid-Atlantic region who has appeared on more than two dozen broadcasts about music for NPR’s “Performance Today.”
Lights, Camera, Composer!
In an age in which classical music gets co-opted for almost any commercial purpose, a swipe from a great composer doesn’t need the remotest connection to the screenplay to be effective. As the finale to her series, Franklin surveys the astonishingly varied use of concert masterpieces in film, including sci-fi, satire, history, fantasy, and gangster genres.
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View a video clip featuring Rachel Franklin as she talks about classical music in film.
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