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David Amram

Matthew Sweet talks to the brillliant American film composer, David Amram, about his music and his work with Elia Kazan, John Frankenheimer, Jack Kerouac and Dizzie Gillespie.

The multi-instrumentalist musician David Amram describes himself as a 'promising young composer' as he approaches his 90th birthday. This promising young man has created and played seminal scores for films such as The Arrangement and The Manchurian Candidate and has, as jazz musician, performed with the great players of the last century, including Dizzie Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus and Charlie Parker. In this special interview commemorating Amram's milestone birthday Matthew Sweet talks to the composer about his music, his work with the directors Elia Kazan, John Frankenheimer, about his friendship and collaboration with Jack Kerouac and about his early life as a boxer and his Jewish faith.

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41 minutes

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Sat 20 Jun 2020 15:00

Music Played

  • David Amram

    Splendor in the Grass (1961): The Bash before the Crash

    Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • David Amram's Classic American Scores 1958~2016.
    • Moochin' About.
    • 2.
  • David Amram

    Splendor in the Grass (1961): Theme Music

    Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • David Amram's Classic American Scores 1958~2016.
    • Moochin' About.
    • 1.
  • David Amram

    After the Fall (1964): Waltz

    Performer: Lyle Atkinson. Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • David Amram's Classic American Scores 1958~2016.
    • Moochin' About.
    • 1.
  • David Amram

    The Arrangement (1969): Ancestral Dreams / Anatolia

    Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • David Amram's Classic American Scores 1958~2016.
    • Moochin' About.
    • 8.
  • David Amram

    Echo of an Era (1959): Theme

    Performer: Art Phipps. Performer: Cecil Taylor. Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • David Amram's Classic American Scores 1958~2016.
    • Moochin' About.
    • 14.
  • David Amram

    Pull My Daisy (1959): extract

    Composer: Jack Kerouac. Performer: Arthur Phipps. Narrator: Jack Kerouac. Singer: Anita Ellis. Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • David Amram's Classic American Scores 1958~2016.
    • Moochin' About.
    • 1.
  • David Amram

    The Young Savages (1961): Theme

    Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • David Amram's Classic American Scores 1958~2016.
    • Moochin' About.
    • 13.
  • David Amram

    The Manchurian Candidate (1962): The Queen of Diamonds

    Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • David Amram's Classic American Scores 1958~2016.
    • Moochin' About.
    • 13.
  • David Amram

    The Manchurian Candidate (1962): Theme

    Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • David Amram's Classic American Scores 1958~2016.
    • Moochin' About.
    • 13.
  • David Amram

    Isn't It Delicious (2013): Descarga

    Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • David Amram's Classic American Scores 1958~2016.
    • Moochin' About.
    • 3.
  • David Amram

    Bar'khu (Shir L'erev Shabbat)

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Kenneth Kiesler.
    • Naxos.

Broadcast

  • Sat 20 Jun 2020 15:00

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