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Little Green Men

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Over the past forty years, this composer has become one of the most well-known film composers in America. This film about a boy who befriends a stranded alien was the composer’s sixth collaboration with its director. The composer’s exuberant and emotive music perfectly captures the film’s immersion in the world of childhood and the imagination. The story is intentionally focused through the eyes of its young characters. Camera angles are consistently low, evoking a child’s point of view. The director also deliberately cast lesser-known actors in the adult roles so as not to distract from the kids.

Music Heard On This Episode

John Williams: E.T.: Bicycle Chase
Cincinnati Pops Orch
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John Williams: E.T.: Bicycle Chase
Cincinnati Pops Orch
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Jacques Offenbach: Voyage to the Moon
Philharmonia Orchestra/Antonio de Almeida — Gaite Parisienne; Orpheus in the Underworld; Voyage to the Moon (Philips, 1994)
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Sun Ra: Saturn; We Travel the Spaceways
Sun Ra and his Arkestra — We Travel the Spaceways (Evidence, 1992)
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Johann Strauss Jr: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Vienna Philharmonic/ — Strauss: The Best of Vienna (Deutsche Grammophon, 1999)
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George Frideric Handel: Oh, lovely eyes, no longer flow
Academy of Ancient Music/James Bowman/Christopher Hogwood — Orlando (Decca Import, 1991)
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Philip Glass: Act I, Scene I
Landestheater Linz — The Voyage (Orange Mountain Music, 2006)
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Franz Schubert: Erlkönig
Bryn Terfel/Malcolm Martineau — Favorite Schubert Songs (Deutsche Grammophon, 1994)
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George Clinton; Bernie Worrell; Bootsy Collins: Mothership Connection
Parliament — Mothership Connection (Island / Mercury, 2003)
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Bernard Herrmann: Prelude and Outer Space; Radar; Klaatu
Joel McNeely, conductor — Day the Earth Stood Still (Varese Sarabande, 2003)
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Gustav Holst: Mars: The Bringer of War
Montreal Symphony Orch/Charles Dutoit — The Planets (Decca, 2007)
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Engelbert Humperdinck: Dream Pantomime
Staatskapelle Dresden — Hansel Und Gretel (Decca Records, 2011)
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Tod Machover: Sophia's Aria
Anne Azema/Daniel Ciampolini/Tod Machover — Valis (Bridge, 1993)
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David Bowie: Starman
David Bowie — Ziggy Stardust (Virgin Records Us, 1999)
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