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Music from the Movies

Exploring Tomorrowland

The blockbuster season of scores begins with Michael Giacchino’s latest work.

Films find inspiration from a plethora of sources, but it’s unusual for them to find it in a theme park attraction. Disney’s latest film, Tomorrowland, does just that. The characters’ belief in a land of innovation and progress is the basis for this summer’s blockbuster hit.

When he created the Carousel of Tomorrow for the 1964 World’s Fair, Walt Disney used his go-to songsmiths Richard and Robert Sherman to write the theme song, “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” for it. (The ride was subsequently moved to Disneyland in 1964.)

Today, a generational gap has been filled with composer Michael Giacchino. His score to Tomorrowland bridges the innovations of yesterday with the new sounds of today. By incorporating the theme from the carousel ride into his score, Giacchino maintains the magic Disney and the Sherman brothers created many decades ago.

Tune in to Music from the Movies this Saturday at 7pm or Sunday at 5pm on Classical 91.7 to explore this fantastical score.

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