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Randy Newman

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 19 October 2008

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the American composer, singer and song-writer Randy Newman. Colleagues say he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with musical legends Cole Porter and George Gershwin. He first made his name by writing mordant and often satirical pop songs - including A Few Words in Defence of Our Country, Political Science and Short People. For the past 25 years he has been better known for his Hollywood film music - including writing the scores for the first four Disney/Pixar films. He held the unique distinction for being Oscar-nominated 15 times without winning until 2002, when he picked up the award for Best Original Song for If I Didn't Have You from Monsters Inc. His songs are often written from the point of view of unlikeable characters - from slave masters to stalkers - it was a style, he acknowledges, that wasn't universally liked, but he adds: "I wouldn't have it any differently".

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: The 3rd movement of String Quartet No.16 in F Major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: The Divine Comedy (with translation) by Dante Alighieri
Luxury: A piano.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

    Orchestra: The Hollywood String Quartet

    Beethoven: String Quartets, Testament

  • Image for Alfred Newman

    Alfred Newman Goodbyes

    How Green Was My Valley, Twentieth Century

  • Image for George Jones

    George Jones The Door

    The Best of George Jones, EPIC

  • Image for Fletcher Henderson

    Fletcher Henderson The Stampede

    Fletcher Henderson / 1925-28, BBC

  • Image for Igor Stravinsky

    Igor Stravinsky Sacrificial Dance (from The Rite of Spring)

    Orchestra: The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Benjamin Zander

    Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, I.M.P.

  • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 15 in A major - 1st movement

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Bernard Haitink

    Shostakovich: The Symphonies, London

  • Image for Gustav Mahler

    Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 9 in D major - 4th movement

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

    Mahler: Symphony No.9, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for Ray Charles

    Ray Charles Come Rain or Come Shine

    The Genius of Ray Charles, Atlantic

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Randy Newman

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