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Sound of Cinema: At the Movies

A mixture of poetry, prose and music inspired by film. Poems include Tony Harrison, George Szirtes and Carol Ann Duffy. Plus music by Plus music by Nyman, Mozart, Schumann, Aubert.

For Sound of Cinema, a selection of poetry, prose and music inspired by the movies. Poets and composers have been associated with the cinema since it began well over a hundred years ago. In the early years Russian poet Mayakovsky, Jean Cocteau, W.H. Auden and Bertolt Brecht were all involved as were the composers William Walton, Erich Korngold, Max Steiner and Elmer Bernstein.

In Words and Music at the Movies poems include Tony Harrison's 'Continuous', Carol Ann Duffy's 'Big Sue and Now Voyager', EE Cummings's 'your slightest look' (heard in Woody Allen's 'Hannah and her Sisters') and Roger McGough's 'If life's a lousy picture, why not leave before the end?' with music from Michael Nyman, Mozart, Schumann, Bernard Herrmann, Aubert, Miles Davis, Nino Rota, Jerry Goldsmith and Ennio Morricone.

The readers are Barbara Flynn and William Hope.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 15 Sep 2013 18:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes


  • Adrienne Rich

    Images for Godard read by Barbara Flynn

  • 00:00

    Nino Rota

    La Dolce Vita

    Performers: Carlo Savina - conductor

    • CAM CSE009.
  • August Kleinzahler

    Old Movies read by William Hope

  • Carol Ann Duffy

    Big Sue and Now Voyager read by Barbara Flynn

  • 00:03

    Max Steiner

    Now, Voyager

    Performers: Boston Pops Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman – violin, John Williams – conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

    • Cinema Serenade.
  • 00:08

    Louis Aubert

    Cinema – Walt Disney

    Performers: Rheinland-Pfalz Philharmonic, Conductor – Leif Segerstam

    • Aubert: Orchestral Works.
    • MARCO POLO 8223531.
  • I.A. Diamond

    Hollywood Jabberwocky read by William Hope

  • 00:11

    Charlie Chaplin

    City Lights

    • Charlie Chaplin – Original Music from his Movies.
    • BLUE MOON BM999034.
  • 00:12

    Bernard Herrmann


    Performers: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

    • In Session.
  • Leontia Flynn

    Alfred Hitchcock read by Barbara Flynn

  • Don Paterson

    Rain read by Barbara Flynn

  • 00:17

    Harold Arlen

    Over the Rainbow

    • Wizard of Oz Original Film Soundtrack.
    • MGM CDP7933032.
  • 00:19

    Michael Nyman

    Big My Secret

    • The Piano.
    • VENTURE CDVE919.
  • Ee Cummings

    Your slightest look read by William Hope

  • 00:22

    Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart - You are too Beautiful

    Performers: Piano – Derek Smith

  • 00:26

    Michel Legrand

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    Performers: Izthak Perlman – Violin, John Williams – conductor, Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra

    • Cinema Serenade.
  • Frank O’hara

    An Image of Leda read by Barbara Flynn

  • 00:30

    Philip Glass

    The Poet Acts

    Performers: Michael Riesman – piano, The Lyric Quartet, Nick Ingman – conductor

    • The Hours Soundtrack.
    • NONESUCH 7559-79693-2.
  • 00:32

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Cosi fan Tutte – Soave sia il vento

    Performers: Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Nan Merriman and Sesto Bruscantinim, Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus

    • EMI CMS5670642.
  • Tony Harrison

    Continuous read by Tony Harrison

  • 00:37

    Max Steiner

    White Heat

    Performers: William T. Stromberg, Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Film Noir.
    • RCA 09026681452.
  • 00:38

    Ennio Morricone

    A Fistful of Dollars

    • Movie Masterpieces.
    • BMG B0001ENWY6.
  • Michael Donaghy

    Fin read by William Hope

  • 00:41

    Jerry Goldsmith


    Performers: Trumpet – Terence Blanchard

    • Jazz in Film.
  • Roy Fuller

    On Seeing the Leni Riefenstahl Film of the 1936 Olympic Games read by William Hope

  • 00:49

    Tom Williams


    Performers: John Williams – conductor, Itzhak Perlman – violin

    • Schindler’s List.
    • MCA MCAD10969.
  • 00:54

    Bernard Herrmann

    Citizen Kane

    Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Elmer Bernstein – conductor

    • Bernard Herrmann Film Scores.
    • MILAN 140812.
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Kubla Khan read by Barbara Flynn

  • 00:57

    Luis Bacalov

    Theme from Il Postino

    Performers: Itzhak Perlman – violin, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, John Williams – conductor

  • Pablo Neruda

    Poetry read by William Hope

  • 01:02

    Giacomo Puccini

    O mio babbino caro

    Performers: Kiri te Kanawa – soprano

    • A Room with a View.
    • DRG CDSBL12588.
  • Edwin Morgan

    Antonioni read by Barbara Flynn

  • 01:06

    Charlie Parker's Reboppers


    Performers: Miles Davis - trumpet

    • Ascenseur pour l’Echafaud.
    • FONTANA 8363052.
  • Liz Lochhead

    Fin read by Barbara Flynn

  • Roger McGough

    If Life’s a Lousy Picture read by William Hope

  • 01:11

    Elmer Bernstein

    To Kill A Mockingbird (Main Title Theme)

    Performers: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

    • In Session.


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