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Classical Classroom, Ep. 153: Music Of The Coen Bros. Films, With Craig Cohen (Pt. 1)

“There’s what’s right and there’s what’s right and never the twain shall meet.” – H.I. McDonnough

Still from Raising Arizona
Still from Raising Arizona
Houston Matters host, Craig Cohen
Houston Matters host, Craig Cohen

Okay, so it’s a little bit of a departure from our typical classical music fare, but it’s the holidays so we’re indulging in some serious fun: Craig Cohen, host of our mothership’s daily public affairs program, Houston Matters, walks us through the music of the films of Joel and Ethan Coen, better known as the Coen Brothers. In part 1 of our epic conversation, you’ll learn about the musical mastermind behind the brothers’ films, Carter Burwell. You’ll also hear a little melodramatic Khachaturian, and, of course, some yodeling. 

Music in this episode:

  • From Blood Simple: Music by Carter Burwell
  • From Raising Arizona: Featuring the yodel stylings of Mieczyslaw Litwinski and a banjo player who Carter Burwell claims may have been one of the Coen brothers’ optometrists
  • From Miller’s Crossing: Orchestral score by Carter Burwell
  • From Barton Fink 
  • From The Hudsucker Proxy: Featuring compositions by Aram Khachaturian, including “Sabre Dance”

Audio production by Todd “Fink” Hulslander with hula hooping by Dacia Clay and assistance from Mark DiClaudio.

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Dacia Clay

Dacia Clay

Host/Producer, Classical Classroom; Web Editor, Arts & Culture

Dacia began her career in public radio as the Audio Librarian for Houston Public Media (then KUHF) in 2009. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas' School of Library and Information Science, where she focused on special collections (thanks to the sage advice...

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