Film Music Fridays - Episode 15

Composer

The Natural (1984) by Randy Newman

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We are back with the most recent episode of Film Music Fridays, narrated by CineConcerts President, Producer & Conductor Justin Freer! In this week’s episode, Justin talks about Randy Newman’s epic and unforgettable score to one of the most iconic baseball films of all time - The Natural. Directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, the 1984 sports film was nominated for four Academy Awards and one Golden Globe Award.

Randy Newman is considered one of the most iconic film composers and singer-songwriters of a generation, and his scores include Ragtime, Awakenings, The NaturalLeatherheadsPleasantvilleMeet the ParentsCold Turkey and Seabiscuit. He has scored nine Disney-Pixar animated films: Toy StoryA Bug's LifeToy Story 2Monsters, Inc.; CarsToy Story 3Monsters UniversityCars 3Toy Story 4 and Disney's The Princess and the Frog and James and the Giant Peach.

Newman has received twenty Academy Award nominations in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories and has won twice in the latter category, contributing to the Newmans being the most nominated Academy Award extended family, with a collective 92 nominations in various music categories. He has also won three Emmys, seven Grammy Awards and the Governor's Award from the Recording Academy. Newman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 for classics such as "Short People", and as a Disney Legend in 2007. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013.

Read more at Wikipedia here.

Cue from scene discussed:

Composer Randy Newman

Composer Randy Newman

What’s Next?

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After all, it’s baseball season! Stay tuned for the next episode of Film Music Fridays on Friday, August 16th where we will be featuring Alan Silestri’s unforgettable score to Forrest Gump!