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Pet Sounds

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This composer wrote scores for eight films—a tiny number compared to the literally hundreds of films scored by major studio composers like Max Steiner. While some studios avoided him for being too “modern,” the popularity of his works led to studios frequently seeking him to compose for films on specifically American subjects. The novels of American John Steinbeck made ideal subjects for this composer’s style.

Music Heard On This Episode

Samuel Barber: Hermit Songs: Monk and his Cat; Praises of God; Desire for Hermitage
Sanford Sylvan, bar/David Breitman, piano — Beloved that pilgrimage (Elek./Asyl./Nonesuch, 1991)
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Samuel Barber: Hermit Songs: Monk and his Cat; Praises of God; Desire for Hermitage
Sanford Sylvan, bar/David Breitman, piano — Beloved that pilgrimage (Elek./Asyl./Nonesuch, 1991)
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Claude Debussy: Images: Goldfish
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano — Images / Études (Warner Classics, 2001)
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Benjamin Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb: Rejoice in God; For I will consider my Cat
Timothy Dickinson/Westminster Abbey Choir — Ceremony of Carols (Sony Classical, 1997)
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Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in g
Igor Kipnis, harpsichord — The virtuoso Scarlatti (Chesky, 1992)
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Edward Elgar: Variations 6, 7, 8
Vienna Philharmonic/Georg Solti — Enigma Variations (London, 1997)
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Harry Nilsson: Me and my Arrow; Think about your Troubles
Harry Nilsson — The Point! (RCA, 2002)
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George Gershwin: Promenade/Walking the Dog
Alan Feinberg, piano — Fascinatin Rhythm (Polygram Records, 1995)
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Zez Confrey: Kitten on the Keys
Alan Feinberg, piano — Fascinatin Rhythm (Polygram Records, 1995)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: The Hunt Cantata: Excerpts
Amsterdam Baroque Orch and Chorus/Ton Koopman — Complete Cantatas Vol. 3 (Erato, 1996)
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George Crumb: Mundus Canis: Tammy, Emma-Jean, Yoda
David Starobin, gt/George Crumb, percussion — 70th Birthday Album (Bridge, 1999)
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Aaron Copland: Red Pony
Saint Louis Symphony/Leonard Slatkin — Music for Films (RCA, 1994)
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Charles Valentin Alkan: Funeral March for a Dead Parrot
Met Opera Singers/Oboe and Bassoon Ensemble/Raymond Lewenthal — Lewenthal Concert Recordings (Elan Records, 1999)
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Brian Wilson; Tony Asher: Woudln't it be Nice; Pet Sounds
Beach Boys — Pet Sounds (Capitol, 1999)
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