David Garland


David Garland hosts Saturday and Sunday evenings on WQXR. He is the host and producer of Movies On The Radio, Saturdays at 9 pm, a show that explores the art of music for film, from classics to indies to blockbusters. Garland presents Old School, an early music show on WQXR, Sundays at 9 pm. He also hosts and produces Spinning On Air for WNYC-FM. Garland came to WNYC from Columbia University’s radio station, WKCR in 1986.



David Garland appears in the following:

Anything’s Possible: The Wild Imagination of Ennio Morricone

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Today, Q2 Music re-broadcasts its 24-hour celebration of iconic film composer Ennio Morricone. The day is hosted by Movies on the Radio's David Garland.

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'I Wonder as I Wander'

Saturday, December 20, 2014

For the 20th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download "I Wonder as I Wander," a pensive lost-in-snow track from composer and radio host David Garland.

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Tom Brosseau's Songs of Wonder, Wondering, and Modern Devices

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The North Dakota singer-songwriter tackles such topics as being stuck on a roof, ambivalence about new beginnings, and our contemporary tendency to cradle our devices rather than our loved ones.


John Németh: Channeling Vintage Memphis R&B

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Singer and harmonica player John Németh makes vintage-sounding soul and blues tunes with help from his veteran band The Bo-Keys. Hear Németh and Bo-Keys front-man, Scott Bomar, discus...


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Spinning on Air Presents: Mixing Memory and Desire

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

7:00 PM

Join Jesse Paris Smith, Eric Hoegemeyer and Patti Smith for an evening of music and poetry honoring the chaos and transformation of spring. 

Watch a live video webcast at 7pm ET.

Lights, Camera, Music! A Film-Music Marathon

Friday, February 28, 2014

Join us all day today for Lights, Camera, Music! – a pre-Oscars, 24-hour kaleidoscopic survey of the most innovative and new-music inflected film scores, hosted by WQXR's David Garland.

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The Most Familiar Cadence In Western Music Has A Very Funny Name

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WNYC's David Garland explains how -- and why -- you can hear a pattern called "the Diatonic Phrygian Tetrachord" in everything from 'Greensleeves' to *NSYNC. 

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Movie Date: The Beatles On The Big Screen; Benmont Tench Plays Live; Andalusian Cadence 101

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

In this episode: Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first TV appearance here in the U.S., so The Takeaway’s Movie Date co-hosts look back at the band’s many appearances on the big screen -- from A Hard Day’s Night to How I Won The War -- as well as the role that their music has played in film soundtracks over the years.

Then: If you’ve ever heard a song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, or seen them in concert, or watched a music video, then you know that keyboardist Benmont Tench is an essential part of the Heartbreakers' sound. Now, for the first time, the longtime go-to sideman is releasing his own solo album. Hear Tench perform songs from You Should Be So Lucky in the Soundcheck studio.

And: For years, WNYC and WQXR host David Garland has been fascinated by “the Andalusian Cadence” -- a musical pattern that has been at the core of great music for more than 500 years. Hear how this distinctive sequence of four notes links together Beethoven, the Supremes, Bowie, Rihanna and many others. (Want more? Check out Garland's recent episode of Spinning on Air.)


Rookies and Vets Among Best Original Score Oscar Nominees

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This year's Academy Award nominees for Best Original Score are an odd assortment of obvious choices, reasonable contenders, and surprises, writes WQXR's David Garland.

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The Royal Wind Music in The Greene Space

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Royal Wind Music of today is based in Amsterdam, and is comprised of 13 young players from around the world. They are, in a sense, a recorder orchestra. Hear them tonight at 9 pm.

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Joshua Rifkin, Onetime Early-Music Rebel, Looks Bach

Friday, June 28, 2013

Joshua Rifkin studied with Babbitt and Stockhausen, recorded with a jug band, and created arrangements for Judy Collins. This Sunday at 9 pm, he talks with David Garland about J.S. Bach.

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WQXR Presents Bach Lounge

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hear leading musicians from the classical, jazz and contemporary music worlds re-imagine and perform their favorite Bach. Part of WQXR's BACH 360 festival. Hosted by Terrance McKnight and David Garland. Watch the on-demand video now.

Faking for the Cameras: Christopher Walken Plays Cellist in 'A Late Quartet'

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Learning an instrument isn't easy, but getting to fake one for a Hollywood film is no picnic either. Christopher Walken talks about his role as a cellist in "A Late Quartet."
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Movies On The Radio Live

Thursday, May 31, 2012

7:00 PM

Join host David Garland as he speaks with Slate's Dana Stevens, Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf about music and the movies, including a conversation about notable recent and upcoming releases.


Saturday, May 05, 2012

There seems to be a trend in film scores these days. Instead of conventional melodies and themes, more and more composers are creating sonic atmospheres that blur the lines between score, sound design, and sound effects.

David Garland presents music from "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Hurt Locker," "Another Happy Day," "The Grey," "Dark Shadows," and other contemporary films, plus earlier examples of the moody approach.

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American Mavericks: Music and Conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas

Monday, March 26, 2012

7:00 PM

Q2 Music celebrated America’s great iconoclastic composers when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brought his “American Mavericks” tour to New York. In anticipation of their Carnegie Hall concerts, composer John Adams and Meredith Monk, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianist Jeremy Denk, and other guests joined Tilson Thomas ...

Harry Partch: Redefining the Possible at Every Turn

Thursday, March 22, 2012

This 2001 episode of WNYC's Spinning on Air marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Harry Partch. Host David Garland plays a mix of Partch's music and recorded speech, including introductions to and performances on Partch's exotic array of home-made instruments.


Written on the Wind: Huang Ruo and Min Xiao-fen

Friday, January 27, 2012

Tonight at 7 pm in The Greene Space, composer Huang Ruo joins host David Garland for an evening of conversation and premiere performances from New York and China-based composers.

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Written on the Wind: New Music from China and New York

Friday, January 27, 2012

7:00 PM

Written on the Wind enfolds premieres from New York and China-based composers into a larger conversation of how place and tradition shape a composer’s style.

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WQXR presents Lang Lang and The Quintessenso Children's Choir

Monday, January 23, 2012

6:00 PM

WQXR presents Lang Lang and Quintessenso:  Join Lang Lang and the Quintessenso Children’s Choir of Mongolia for a special Chinese New Year’s celebration featuring traditional folk songs and audience favorites.