16 episodes

An in-depth look at movie and TV Soundtracks, exploring how stories are told through music and the ways these musical ideas carry both the narrative and emotional journey.

World of Soundtracks Ruth Mudge

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    • 4.4 • 7 Ratings

An in-depth look at movie and TV Soundtracks, exploring how stories are told through music and the ways these musical ideas carry both the narrative and emotional journey.

    Persuasion 2007 - Expressive with Little

    Persuasion 2007 - Expressive with Little

    In this episode, we look at the music of the TV film of Persuasion from 2007/2008 with the music written by British composer Martin Phipps. We explore how Phipps uses minimalism to express the emotions of the characters, primarily the main heroine Anne. Combined with her journal narration, the music tells her romantic journey of a second chance, aiding an introverted character to let the audience know what she feels. We explore looking at the instrumentation and style of this short, compact, and impactful adaptation.
    Host: Ruth Mudge, ruthmudge.com
    Music included on this podcast:
    "Metamorphosis 2" - Glass Piano, music by Philip Glass, performed by Bruce Brubaker, 2015.
    "Persuasion" - music by Martin Phipps, performed by Ruth Mudge, cello and piano.
    "I Lived Here" - Woman in Gold (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Martin Phipps, 2015.
    "Piano Sonata, No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": I. Adagio Sostenuto." - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 14 "Moonlight", 21 "Waldstein" & 23 "Appassionata", music by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by Vladimir Horowitz, 1973.
    "Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183: 1. Allegro con brio" - Mozart: Complete Symphonies, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Royal Concertgebauw Orchestra & Josef Krips, 1996.
    "World of Soundtracks" - music by Edith Mudge, graphics by Lindsey Bergsma.

    • 29 min
    Persuasion 1995 - Quiet and Classical

    Persuasion 1995 - Quiet and Classical

    In this episode, we look at the music of Persuasion (1995) written by Jeremy Sams and featuring classical composers J.S. Bach and Frederick Chopin. We explore how Sams wrote s mostly transitional music as well as the concert music while much of the accompaniment of the story is classical music. We also look at how it features primarily solo piano, emphasizing Anne Elliott's instrument as well as her quietness and being alone in the background.
    Host: Ruth Mudge, ruthmudge.com
    Music Included in Podcast:
    "The Planets, Op. 32: IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity" - Holst: the Planets, Op. 32, music by Gustav Holst, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan, 1981.
    "Persuasion, Tristesse" - Jane Austen's World, music by Jeremy Sams, arranged by Richard Harris, published by Faber Music Ltd, 1997. Performed by Ruth Mudge
    "Persuasion Main Theme" - Jane Austen's World, music by Jeremy Sams, arranged by Richard Harris, published by Faber Music Ltd, 1997. Performed by Ruth Mudge
    "Persuasion, Italian Aria" - Jane Austen's World, music by Jeremy Sams, arranged by Richard Harris, published by Faber Music Ltd, 1997. Performed by Ruth Mudge
    "Zaide, K. 344: Ruhe Sanft, Mein Holdes Leben" - Renee Fleming, Mozart Arias, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Renee Fleming, Sir Charles Mackerras & The Orchestra of St. Luke's, 1996
    "24 Preludes, Op. 28: 21 in B-flat major" - Chopin: Preludes & Piano Sonata No. 2, music by Frederic Chopin, performed by Martha Argerich, 1987.
    "24 Preludes, Op. 28: No 3 in G major" - Chopin: Preludes & Piano Sonata No. 2, music by Frederic Chopin, performed by Evgeny Kissin, 1999.
    "Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 3 in B major" - Chopin: Nocturnes, music by Frederic Chopin, performed by Arthur Rubinstein, 1967.
    "French Suite No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812. III. Sarabande" - Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817, music by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy, 2017.
    "French Suite No. 3 in B Minor, BWV 814. III. Sarabande" - Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817, music by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy, 2017.
    "World of Soundtracks" - theme by Edith Mudge, graphics by Lindsey Bergsma

    • 29 min
    A Conversation with Sherri Chung

    A Conversation with Sherri Chung

    In this episode, Ruth talks to composer Sherri Chung about writing for her dream project "Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai" on Max; the joys, the challenges and the nitty gritty aspects in writing for TV; her mentorship and collaborations with Blake Neely, as well as her first soundtrack inspirations and projects to her current new show "Found" on NBC.
    Award-winning composer Sherri Chung has been recognized internationally as a trailblazing composer for film and television. Her music transcends genre, and fuses inspirations—both traditional and emerging—in support of filmmakers’ visions worldwide. Sherri currently composed the scores for the TV shows Kung Fu (CW), HBO Max/Amblin’s animated series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, and most recently, the Netflix feature film, Happiness For Beginners and NBC’s Found, that premiered this October. Frequently recognized for her other television credits, including the CW network series Batwoman and Riverdale, NBC’s Blindspot, and Ava DuVernay’s limited series The Red Line, she has also scored numerous feature films, documentaries, and commercials. Recent film credits include Warner Bros Studio’s Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, and The Lost Husband, the latter which garnered her a Society of Composers and Lyricists Nomination for Best Score for an Independent Studio Film. She also composed the score for The Other Side of Home, which was shortlisted in the 2017 Oscars for Best Short Documentary. Not only a composer, Sherri is also a pianist, vocalist, performer and songwriter. As a vocalist, she has recorded for films, commercials, trailer music, and television (ABC’s Resurrection, CW’s Arrow and NBC’s Blindspot). Her voice can also be heard on the Netflix documentary series The Keepers (which was Emmy nominated for Outstanding Documentary). An active member of the film music industry, Sherri also serves as Governor of the Music Branch of the Television Academy. 
    World of Soundtracks is hosted by Ruth Mudge. The Title music is by Edith Mudge and the graphics by Lindsey Bergsma.

    • 56 min
    Mansfield Park (1999) - Marimba and Minimalism

    Mansfield Park (1999) - Marimba and Minimalism

    In this episode, we look at the music of Mansfield Park (1999) written by Lesley Barber. We explore how the music aids in telling the story of this adaptation in combining elements of the Baroque and classical era with the minimalism in styles reflecting the older Austen story with Rozema's modern view. We also see the juxtaposition of using traditional classical instruments for Austen adaptations with the less common whether the marimba, glass harmonica, or hurdy-gurdy.
    Host: Ruth Mudge
    Music included in podcast:
    "Violin Concerto No. 3 in A Major, Hob. VIIa/3: II. Adagio" - Hadyn: Violin & Cello Concertos, music by Franz Joseph Haydn, Performed by Northern Sinfonia and Christian Tetzlaff, 1991
    "Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, "Classical": III. Gavotta: non troppo Allegro" - Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major - Symphony No.5, music by Sergei Prokofiev, Performed by New York Philharmonic & Leonard Bernstein, 1967, remastered 2011
    "Theme from Mansfield Park" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Keep your Wig on" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Mansfield Park (Reprise)" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Busy Nothings" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "String Quartet No. 2 (Company): IV. Quarter note = 160" - Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass, music by Philip Glass, performed by the Kronos Quartet, 1995
    "Leaving Portsmouth" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Harangue" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "You will marry him" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "I don't know you" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Introductions" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Game of Cards" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Lover's Vows" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Sentimental Journey" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "As a Man Loves a Woman" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "I Spoke in Haste" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Run Mad as Often as you Choose" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "I missed you" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "I see more Distinctly through the Rain" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Tom Leaves" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Paying for the Party" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Djonga (Slavery)" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Salif Keita, Chucho Merchan, and Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Adagio for Glass Harmonica, K. 617a" - Glass & Stones, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Vienna Glass Armonica Duo, 2006
    "Glass" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Mary's Harp" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "Fireworks" - Mansfield Park (Music from the Motion Picture), music by Lesley Barber, 1999
    "World of Soundtracks" - music by Edith Mudge, graphics by Lindsey Bergsma

    • 1 hr 13 min
    The World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Doyle, Hooper, and Desplat

    The World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Doyle, Hooper, and Desplat

    In this second part of a two-part episode, we look at how Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hopper and Alexandre Desplat pick up the mantle from John Williams to continue the sounds and world of Harry Potter in films 4-8. From folk tunes, to new and unusual instruments, to new places such as the Ministry of Magic, as well as returning ideas from dragons to flying to magic in Hogwarts. Each composer has their own unique sound while still staying within the late romantic orchestral sound with a few quirky moments thrown in while the sounds of magic are continued in choir and celeste.
    Host: Ruth Mudge
    Music included in podcast:
    "The Quidditch World Cup" - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Patrick Doyle, 2005
    "Foreign Visitors Arrive" - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Patrick Doyle, 2005
    "The Goblet of Fire" - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Patrick Doyle, 2005
    "Golden Egg" - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Patrick Doyle, 2005
    "Hogwarts' March" - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Patrick Doyle, 2005
    "Harry Sees Dragons" - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Patrick Doyle, 2005
    "Underwater Secrets" - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Patrick Doyle, 2005
    "The Black Lake" - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Patrick Doyle, 2005
    "Der Zigeunerbaron: Schatz-Walzer (Treasure Waltz), Op. 418" - Strauss II: Most Famous Waltzes, performed by Ondrej Lenard & Strauss Festival Orchestra, music by Johann Strauss, Jnr., 1988.
    "Potter Waltz" - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Patrick Doyle, 2005
    "Dementors in the Underpass" - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Nicholas Hooper, 2007
    "The Hall of Prophecies" - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Nicholas Hooper, 2007
    "The Ministry of Magic" - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Nicholas Hooper, 2007
    "Short Ride on a Fast Machine" - Adams: Short Ride on a Fast Machine, Grand Pianola Music, performed by Stephen Mosko & Netherlands Winds Ensemble, music by John Coolidge Adams, 1995
    "The Room of Requirements" - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Nicholas Hooper, 2007
    "Fireworks" - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Nicholas Hooper, 2007
    "A Journey to Hogwarts" - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Nicholas Hooper, 2007
    "Flight of the Order of the Phoenix" - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Nicholas Hooper, 2007
    "The Sirius Deception" - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Nicholas Hooper, 2007
    "Ron's Victory" - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Nicholas Hooper, 2009
    "The Book" - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Nicholas Hooper, 2009
    "The Slug Party" - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Nicholas Hooper, 2009
    "Farewell Aragog" - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by Nicholas Hooper, 2009
    "Ministry of Magic" - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1, (Original Motion Picture...

    • 59 min
    The World of Harry Potter, Part 1: John Williams

    The World of Harry Potter, Part 1: John Williams

    In this first part of a two-part episode, we look at the variety of ways that John Williams creates the musical world of Harry Potter. From school songs to Quidditch, from dragons to goblins, from ghosts to moving staircases, John Williams combines the rich late-romantic orchestral sound with the slightly odd notes resembling 20th century composers such as Stravinsky and Prokofiev to create a world that seems both familiar and different. He also expands in the second and third film from celeste and choir to adding instruments from the Baroque and Renaissance, combining new sounds with old. This episode focuses solely on the first three movies composed by John Williams.
    Host: Ruth Mudge
    Music included in podcast:
    "The Arrival of Baby Harry" - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by John Williams, 2001
    "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" - The Sorcerer's Apprentice, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic & James Levine, music by Paul Dukas, 1987
    "Diagon Alley/The Gringotts Vault" - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by John Williams, 2001
    "Act 1, Scene III, The Street Awakens" - Romeo & Juliet, Op. 64, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra & Valery Gergiev, music by Sergei Prokofiev, 2010
    "Platform Nine-and-three-quarters/The Journey to Hogwarts" - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by John Williams, 2001
    "Hogwarts Forever!/The Moving Stairs" - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by John Williams, 2001
    "Entry into the Great Hall/The Banquet" - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by John Williams, 2001
    "The Quidditch Match" - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by John Williams, 2001
    "Christmas at Hogwarts" - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by John Williams, 2001
    "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" - Celebrating John Williams (Live at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles 2019), performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic & Gustavo Dudamel, music by John Williams, 2019
    "The Norwegian Ridgeback/A Change of Seasons" - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by John Williams, 2001
    "Fawkes is Reborn" - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by John Williams & William Ross, 2002
    "Dueling the Basilisk" - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by John Williams & William Ross, 2002
    "Meeting Aragog" - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by John Williams & William Ross, 2002
    "Moaning Myrtle" - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by John Williams & William Ross, 2002
    "Knockturn Alley" - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), music by John Williams & William Ross, 2002
    "Pavana la Bataglia (Crumhorns & Ensemble)" - Dictionary of Medieval & Renaissance Instruments, performed by Christian Mendoza & Orchestra Antiqua Musica, music by Anonymous, 2002
    "Double Trouble" - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, music by John Williams, 2004
    "Secrets of the Castle" - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, music by John Williams, 2004
    "The Portrait Gallery" - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, music by John Williams, 2004
    "Quidditch, Third Year" - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, music by John Williams, 2004
    "Apparition on the...

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
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7 Ratings

llyrwanderer ,

Great for fans of movie scores!

I recently found this podcast and I am so glad I did! The host takes a deep dive into the musicality and meanings behind some of our greatest movie soundtracks. I knew I was in for a treat when she noted her love for Thomas Newman’s score to Little Women (1994)! I find it refreshing that she chooses some maybe lesser known/appreciated scores like in her first series on Jane Austen movies. And when she looks at more well known and heavily reviewed scores, like the Harry Potter movies, she takes a fresh approach of studying thematic elements throughout the film series rather than a deep dive of each movie. Truly a wonderful podcast and I hope to see future works from the likes of Thomas Newman and James Horner!

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