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Mom and Dad

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? Ask Mother: she’d probably have an opinion…

In this film, a young man with an overbearing mother and a horrible secret runs the sort of motel you wouldn’t want to check into. The film demanded a lot from audiences with its violence, its perverse portrayal of maternal love, and—strangest of all—the sudden, unexpected death of the character played by its biggest-name actress. The composer of the score was also known for making unusual demands on his employers, particularly in using unorthodox instrumentation rather than standard studio orchestras. For this film, he used only a small string ensemble to focus and intensity the film’s stark brutality.

Music Heard On This Episode

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Variations on “Oh, Mama, I’ll Tell You”
Samson Francois, piano — Great Pianists 28 (Philips, 1999)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Variations on “Oh, Mama, I’ll Tell You”
Samson Francois, piano — Great Pianists 28 (Philips, 1999)
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Gustav Mahler: Songs on the Death of Children: Now the sun will rise as brightly
Thomas Hampson, bar/Vienna Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein, cond. — Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; Kindertotenlieder; Rückert-Lieder (Deutsche Grammophon, 1991)
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C. P. E. Bach: Concerto for Fortepiano and Harpsichord: Allegro Molto
Robert Hill, fp/Léon Berben, hpsd/Musica Antiqua of Cologne/Reinhard Goebel, dir — Concerto for Harpsichord & Piano / Concerto for 2 Harpsichords (Elektra / Wea, 1990)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Scottish Folksongs:
Judith Drew, sop/David Cole, cello/Carol Cole, vln/Leonid Treer, piano — Music From Highlands: Cashiers Chamber Music Festival (Wirl, 1999)
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Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto: Act I, Scene 2 “My Daughter!"
Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala/Tullio Serafin, cond — Verdi: Rigoletto (Brilliant Classics, 2009)
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Maurice Ravel: Mother Goose Suite: Conversations of Beauty and the Beast
Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit — Mother Goose Suite / Pavane (Polygram Records, 1990)
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Charles Ives: Songs My Mother Taught Me; Things Our Fathers Loved
Susan Graham, sop/Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano — Ives: Concord Sonata; Songs (Warner Classics, 2004)
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Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem: Therefore, now Ye Suffer
Sylvia McNair, sop/Westminster Symphonic Choir/New York Philharmonic Orchesta/Kurt Masur, cond — Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (Teldec, 1995)
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George Crumb: Ancient Voices of Children: Dance of the Sacred Life Cycle; “Every afternoon in Granada”
Barbara-Ann Martin and Derek Yale, soloists/Orchestra 2001/James Freeman, cond — Crumb: Ancient Voices Of Children, etc. (Composers Recordings, 1999)
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Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas: Agony in the Garden
einhard Goebel, vln/Music Antiqua Cologne — Biber: Mystery Sonatas (Rosenkranz-Sonaten or Rosary Sonatas (Archiv / Universal Int'l, 1991)
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Bernard Herrmann: Suite from Pyscho
Studio Orchestra/Bernard Herrmann, cond. — Psycho: Essential Alfred Hitchcock (Maste, 1999)
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Leonard Rosenman: Rebel Without a Cause: Main Title; Planetarium
London Sinfonietta/John Adams, cond. — The Film Music Of Leonard Rosenman (Nonesuch, 1997)
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Cole Porter: My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Mary Martin — Cole Porter Centennial Celebration (RCA, 1991)
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