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The 1940 Oscars

Matthew Sweet dusts off his tux and strolls the red carpet of the 1940 Oscars, the year of The Wizard of Oz and Goodbye Mr Chips but it was Gone with the Wind that stole the show.

Matthew Sweet dusts off his tux and strolls back in time to the red carpet of the 1940 Oscars. It marked the year of The Wizard of Oz, Goodbye Mr Chips and Mr Smith Goes to Washington but it was Gone with the Wind that stole the show.

1939 had been a golden year for cinema. Among the scores and films that Matthew looks at are Erich Korngold's 'The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex'; Ferdinand Heinz Provost's 'Intermezzo'; Alfred Newman's 'Wuthering Heights'; Richard Addinsell's 'Goodbye Mr Chips'; Anthony Collin's 'Nurse Edith Cavell'; Aaron Copland's 'Of Mice And Men'; Max Steiner's 'Dark Victory'. 'Ninotchka'; 'Stagecoach'; 'The Wizard of Oz' and of course 'Gone With The Wind'.

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Music Played

  • Alexandre Desplat

    The Shape of Water (2017): The Creature

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Alexandre Desplat.
    • The Shape of Water - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • DECCA.
    • 3.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939): Selection

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • Previn conducts Korngold.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 10.
  • Heinz Provost

    Intermezzo (1936/39): Souvenir of Vienna

    Performer: David Halen. Performer: Peter Henderson.
    • Salut d'Amour: Romantic Works for Violin and Piano.
    • AAM Records.
    • 1.
  • Alfred Newman

    Wuthering Heights (1939): Main Title / I'll wait for you

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Alfred Newman.
    • Wuthering Heights.
    • Albatross.
    • 1.
  • Richard Addinsell

    Goodbye, Mr Chips (1939): Main Title and School Song

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba. Choir: Manchester Cathedral Choir. Choir: Chetham's Chamber Choir.
    • The Film Music of Richard Addinsell.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Anthony Collins

    The Lady with the Lamp (1939): Prelude and Valse Variations

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Anthony Collins - Vanity Fair.
    • Dutton.
    • 10.
  • John Leopold

    Stagecoach (1939): Opening Titles

    Composer: Leo Shuken. Composer: Louis Gruenberg. Composer: Richard Hageman. Composer: W. Frank Harling. Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Bateman.
    • The Wild West: The Essential Western Film Music Collection.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
    • 10.
  • Aaron Copland

    Of Mice and Men (1939): Barley Mowers

    Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • Copland: Music for Films.
    • RCA Victor.
    • 11.
  • Harold Arlen

    The Wizard of Oz (1939): Somewhere over the rainbow

    Singer: Judy Garland. Singer: Ray Bolger. Singer: Jack Haley. Singer: Bert Lahr. Orchestra: MGM Studio Orchestra.
    • The Wizard of Oz - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • PREMIERE SOUNDTRACKS.
    • 2.
  • Herbert Stothart

    The Wizard of Oz (1939): Cyclone

    Orchestra: MGM Studio Orchestra.
    • The Wizard of Oz - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • PREMIERE SOUNDTRACKS.
    • 3.
  • Max Steiner

    Dark Victory (1939): Titles

    Orchestra: The Warner Bros. Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Max Steiner.
    • Dark Victory - Original Soundtrack.
    • SOUNDTRACK FACTORY.
    • 12.
  • Max Steiner

    Gone With The Wind (1939): Main Title / Apotheosis

    Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Gerhardt.
    • Max Steiner's Classic Film Score "Gone With The Wind".
    • RCA.
    • 1.
  • Richard A. Whiting

    Hooray for Hollywood

    Performer: Dick Powell. Performer: Frances Langford. Performer: Johnny "Scat" Davis. Performer: Gene Krupa. Orchestra: Benny Goodman and His Orchestra.
    • Hollywood's Best: The Thirties.
    • Rhino Movie Music.
    • 1.
  • Jonny Greenwood

    Phantom Thread (2017): For The Hungry Boy

    Performer: Katherine Tinker. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Robert Ziegler.
    • Phantom Thread - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • Nonesuch.
    • 18.

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