Composing LA

Tarik O'Regan presents the story of Western art music's place in the Golden Age of Hollywood

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BBC Radio 4
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 11:30
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During the Golden age of Hollywood film, music for the movies was often written by the great European and Russian composers of the day. As a result, American cinema soundtracks of the 1930s emulated European symphonic style, with Los Angeles soon attracting composers from Stravinsky to Schoenberg. British composer Tarik O'Regan explores the appeal of LA for composers and musicians from Europe.

The programme also focuses on the success of today's composers of symphonic film scores, including the works of John Williams. With contributions from AndrĂ© Previn, Larry Schoenberg, conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen and music writer Alex Ross, it promises to be an interesting historical and contemporary view of our audio-visual experience of films.