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 Posted:   Dec 15, 2019 - 3:54 AM   
 By:   Linae   (Member)

I know he interviewed a number of notable film composers about film music and also played excerpts from their film scores. I just listened to an episode on Hugo Friedhofer which I found here: https://hugofriedhofer.dudaone.com/interview-with-hugo-friedhofer - fascinating!

The program was an KUSC program called "The Subject is Film Music" and was produced in the 1970s.

I am wondering if someone here knows where I can hear other episodes online? I also heard that Raksin did one on film music history, he included Goldsmith but did not include Williams - something I personally disagree with, even if Goldsmith was generally more inventive and progressive than Williams. It would have been interesting to listen to the rest of these radio shows, if possible.

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2019 - 5:42 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

Wow. Great interview. I hope you can find others. Thank you.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2019 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Williams's best work in the 60s and early 70s, generally, was for tv. For films he scored a lot of comedies and B-movies. The Reivers really opened doors for him. So, depending on when Raksin's shows ran, it may not have been surprising that Williams was not included.

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2019 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   W. David Lichty [Lorien]   (Member)

Tough to find much info on this one.

According to:
https://pandora.com/artist/full-bio/david-raksin/ARzdqXP6vbqrxPm

"He also worked in radio, most notably writing, narrating, and conducting interviews for a three-year series of 64 hour-long programs entitled The Subject Is Film Music..."


According to:
https://secure.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?forumID=1&pageID=3&threadID=95040&archive=0

It looks like one interview can be read

“I felt that the task of the score to this movie was at the beginning,” Jerry Fielding told fellow composer David Raksin in a 1979 interview for the radio show The Subject Is Film Music (according to a transcript published in Soundtrack! magazine No. 23). “[To] set up something that’s tenuous…because you see the Wild Bunch coming, in American Army uniforms, and if you know that they’re not who you think they are, then the whole thing is shot.”


And:http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/news_events/features/2012/073112.html

...it sounds like it would be nice if this 2012 program pops up somewhere

David Raksin Centennial Broadcast
KUSC-FM salutes revered film composer on August 4

"...Raksin, who was writer and host of his own KUSC program, The Subject Is Film Music, in the 1970s, will be heard in numerous excerpts from his broadcast commentaries..."

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2019 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   gsteven   (Member)

Raksin also hosted a half-hour tribute to Bernard Herrmann on the now defunct, Sunday morning tv-arts program called, I think, Camera One. There was also a Stephen Sondheim program at about the same time, with Sondheim discussing his score for PACIFIC OVERTURES.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2019 - 6:30 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

I remember the Rozsa program. It must have been after 1976-77, because they talked about PROVIDENCE. Rozsa said how he had enjoyed the rare chance to begin and end a score quietly (as opposed to the usual Hollywood pomposity). Then, unfortunately, Raksin dropped the needle on the booming end credits epilogue, which didn't sound quiet at all. He must have intended to play the actual subdued finale, but the error was never corrected.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2019 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I remember these. I think they were usually on Friday and then Sunday night. Little did we know what treasures these were. Ah, things taken for granted.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 8:44 AM   
 By:   Linae   (Member)

Bump. Does anyone know how we can get access to the interview with Alex North and others?

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 7:35 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Bump. Does anyone know how we can get access to the interview with Alex North and others?

Not online, I don't.

Email me privately, Linae. Use my screen name here, at the Yahoo.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

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 Posted:   Feb 21, 2020 - 7:15 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)




"I remember these. I think they were usually on Friday and then Sunday night. Little did we know what treasures these were. Ah, things taken for granted."

***

I knew, and it looks as if maybe David in Berkeley knew. Somewhere in my dusty archives I have a bunch of audiocassettes I recorded at the time. Raksin's tributes and his interviews tended to take up two one-hour programs each, includung, most happily for me, his conversation with Hans J. Salter.

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2020 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I know he interviewed a number of notable film composers about film music and also played excerpts from their film scores. I just listened to an episode on Hugo Friedhofer which I found here: https://hugofriedhofer.dudaone.com/interview-with-hugo-friedhofer - fascinating!
.


Thank you so much for pointing this out!

There is another Friedhofer episode. In it, I recall that they play some of THIS EARTH IS MINE, and both Raksin and Friedhofer profess a liking for the looks of Jean Simmons.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2020 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

I've always said, film music composers are no fools.

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2020 - 7:22 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

"I remember these. I think they were usually on Friday and then Sunday night. Little did we know what treasures these were. Ah, things taken for granted."

***

I knew, and it looks as if maybe David in Berkeley knew. Somewhere in my dusty archives I have a bunch of audiocassettes I recorded at the time. Raksin's tributes and his interviews tended to take up two one-hour programs each, includung, most happily for me, his conversation with Hans J. Salter.


I don't remember a Salter program. Is there a list anywhere of all the ones he did? I'm combing my memory to see how many I can remember.

 
 Posted:   Feb 29, 2020 - 4:59 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)



I don't remember a Salter program. Is there a list anywhere of all the ones he did? I'm combing my memory to see how many I can remember.


HELP ME OUT HERE, PRESTON! smile

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2020 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)



I don't remember a Salter program. Is there a list anywhere of all the ones he did? I'm combing my memory to see how many I can remember.


HELP ME OUT HERE, PRESTON! smile


Well, since there's no easy way to find this quickly at Library of Congress, and Preston is probably busy writing another awesome book, let's see what I can come up with....

These are the shows I recall hearing.

Addison
Bennett
Bernstein, E.
Duning
Fielding
Friedhofer
Gold
Goldsmith
Green
Herrmann (d)
Kaper
Korngold (d)
Mancini
Myers
Newman (d)
North
Raksin*
Rosenman
Rosenthal
Rozsa
Schifrin
Shire
Steiner (d)
Tiomkin (d)
Waxman (d)
Williams

(d) means the composer was deceased. All others are interviews. The Fielding included one show produced after his death.

Most were 2, hour-long shows. At least one (Fielding) was 3. There were probably singles, but I cannot recall which.

Preston remembers an interview with Hans Salter. I don't recall it.

*No, he didn't interview himself. He just talked about and played excerpts from his music.


 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2020 - 12:34 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

David in Berkeley, I can confirm that Hans J. Salter was Raksin's guest on two occasions. I know this because dear Preston taped the programmes on to a cassette for me many years ago... I still have the 120-cassette, but nothing to play it on these days!

Elmer was on the programme three times - interviews one and two dealt with his composing career, in interview number three the subject was his Film Music Collection series.

Thanks for your list. I never knew about Alex North or David Shire being interviewees. It is a great shame that the series isn't available for all who are interested to explore and learn from...

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2020 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   jkruppa   (Member)

Wow this is mindblowing. I had no idea such a thing ever existed, and looking at the list of composers covered it sounds like essential listening.

Certainly someone must have taped them all. I'd love to hear these.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2020 - 3:37 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Hi, I'm back. I taped lot of them, but all this time later I can't lay my hands on them. Motivation for major spring cleaning!

 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2020 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Yavar is going to get excited if that Goldsmith one is found.

 
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