Known for his modesty, composer Alex North
was never the pushy, show-business type. But he still managed to accumulate 15 Oscar nominations and a Lifetime Achievement Oscar
for his work in the film industry. A gifted child musician, he developed a fascination with Russian music, and became the first American to study at the Moscow Conservatory in 1932. After returning to America, director Elia Kazan
noticed his passion for writing film music- and the rest is history. North wrote more than 50 films scores during his career, and even composed the hit single Unchained Melody
, which has been recorded by over 500 different artists. Tonight, we hear Nine Piano Sequences
from A Streetcar Named Desire
. Also, music of Elliott Smith
and Dafnis Prieto
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