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Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? The answer is a matter of “blue and grey”…

This composer was a major figure in film, helping to define Hollywood music in the Golden Age of the major studios. Despite his numerous accolades, however, he lost the Academy Award for this epic score to another film. If sheer musical girth had been a factor, he certainly would have won. His score is present under nearly the entire movie—just under four hours of music. Even more incredibly, this civil war epic was only one of the twelve films on which he worked in the same year!

Music Heard On This Episode

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Serenade for Winds: Adagio
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — Mad About Mozart (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Serenade for Winds: Adagio
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — Mad About Mozart (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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Puccini, Giacomo: La Boheme: O Soave Fanciulla
Orch of National Academy of Saint Cecila/Leonard Bernstein, cond. — Mad About Puccini the Greatest Stars the Greatest Music (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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Bernstein, Leonard: Suite from "On the Waterfront"
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein, cond. — Bernstein: Candide; West Side Story; On the Waterfront; Fancy Free (Sony, 1997)
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Chopin, Frederic: Ballad No. 1 in g
Samson François, piano — Chopin: 11 Polonaises (EMI Classics, 2008)
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Horner, James: A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics
James Horner, cond. — A Beautiful Mind: Original Motion Picture Score (Decca U.S., 2001)
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Lowe, Frederick and Alan Lerner: My Fair Lady: I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
Rex Harrison, vocals/Cyril Ornadel, music director — My Fair Lady (1959 Original London Cast) (Sony, 1998)
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Dylan, Bob: Things Have Changed
Bob Dylan — Things Have Changed (Sbme Import, 2002)
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Rota, Nino: 8 1/2: Main Title
Nino Rota, cond. — 8 1/2 [Soundtrack] (Cam, 1999)
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Corigliano, John: Main Title and First Hallucination
Christopher Keene, cond. — Altered States (1980 Film) (RCA, 1990)
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Gesualdo, Carlo: Mercy, I Cry
Le Venexiana — Gesualdo: Quarto libro de Madrigali (Glossa, 2006)
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Max Steiner: Gone with the Wind: Main Title
Max Steiner Orchestra — Gone with the Wind Soundtrack (Rhino / Wea, 1997)
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Broschi, Riccardo: Idaspe: Like an Armed Warrior on the Battlefield
Vivica Genaux/Berlin Academy for Early Music/Rene Jacobs, cond. — Arias for Farinelli (Harmonia Mundi (France), 2002)
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Whiting, Richard and Johnny Mercer: Hooray for Hollywood
Doris Day — Hooray for Hollywood, Vol. 1 (Sony, 1990)
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