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Sound of Cinema: On the Waterfront

Exploring Leonard Bernstein's only true film score, On the Waterfront, Stephen Johnson assesses the composer's affinity for the needs of cinema.

He was perfectly placed to take a front-row seat amongst the band of illustrious and highly rewarded Hollywood film composers, yet Bernstein's 'On the Waterfront' was to remain his only score conceived solely for the cinema. Stephen Johnson assesses Bernstein's affinity for the needs of the silver screen and explores how the music evolved into the dazzling orchestral suite we hear now in the concert hall.

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20 minutes

Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein

    On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite (extract)

    Orchestra: Orchestre Lamoureux. Conductor: Yutaka Sado.
    • Warner Classics 2564 60480-2.
    • 6.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Francesca da Rimini (extract)

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
    • Deutsche Grammophon 477 802-2.
    • 5.


Role Contributor
Composer Leonard Bernstein