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In For Scores, host Jon Burlingame takes listeners on a magical journey into the world of film and television composers, revealing never-before-heard special moments behind many of today's most beloved scores. This season, you'll hear personal stories from the composers of Marvel Studios Avengers and Pixar's Toy Story films, Captain Marvel, Coco, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and so much more!

In For Scores, host Jon Burlingame takes listeners on a magical journey into the world of film and television composers, revealing never-before-heard special moments behind many of today's most beloved scores. This season, you'll hear personal stories from the composers of Marvel Studios Avengers and Pixar's Toy Story films, Captain Marvel, Coco, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and so much more!

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United States

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In For Scores, host Jon Burlingame takes listeners on a magical journey into the world of film and television composers, revealing never-before-heard special moments behind many of today's most beloved scores. This season, you'll hear personal stories from the composers of Marvel Studios Avengers and Pixar's Toy Story films, Captain Marvel, Coco, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and so much more!

Language:

English


Episodes

Laura Karpman

9/7/2022
Host Jon Burlingame visits the studio of Emmy-winning composer Laura Karpman for a conversation about her latest work for Marvel, including Ms. Marvel, What If…?, and the upcoming film The Marvels. Laura speaks on the importance of representation in music and film, and how she blended Pakistani folk music, traditional super hero sounds, and hip hop to create an authentic score for the MCU’s first South Asian and Muslim super hero.

Duration:00:34:06

Natalie Holt

7/27/2022
“Award winning composer Natalie Holt joins host Jon Burlingame to describe her process of creating the otherworldly soundscapes of both Loki and Obi-Wan Kenobi. They discuss her unique approach to composing for heritage characters, working with her idol John Williams, and her passion for equity in the film music world."

Duration:00:30:33

David Newman

1/19/2022
Host Jon Burlingame speaks with conductor and Academy Award® nominated film composer David Newman about his role in translating Leonard Bernstein’s original music to Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.” Newman explains how the team’s respect for the classical music canon and Broadway traditions led them to preserve as much original score as possible, with changes mostly confined to arrangement and placement.

Duration:00:15:40

Matt Sullivan

1/19/2022
Grammy® nominated music producer and supervisor Matt Sullivan sits down with host Jon Burlingame to discuss his role as executive music producer on Steven Spielberg’s newest film, “West Side Story.” Sullivan explains how he worked with legends like John Williams and Stephen Sondheim to coordinate music’s unique role in the rehearsal and filming process, and how he felt seeing his work translated to the screen.

Duration:00:15:45

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Germaine Franco

12/15/2021
In this special episode, Host Jon Burlingame sits down first with award-winning composer, lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda to discuss how his large family, The Little Mermaid and Colombian musician Carlos Vives influenced his work on Disney’s latest animated film, Encanto. After Lin reveals the inspirations behind his songs, Jon talks with composer Germaine Franco about how she integrated them into her score, along with the sounds of Colombia and magical realism.

Duration:00:37:42

Ramin Djawadi

11/17/2021
Iron Man and Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi joins host Jon Burlingame to talk about his most recent partnership with Marvel Studios on Eternals. Djawadi reveals what it was like to work with Academy Award® winning director Chloe Zhao to create the timeless backdrop for a narrative that spans centuries and cultures. He also explains how a lucky coincidence changed the course of his career when he was offered the opportunity to work under Hans Zimmer.

Duration:00:30:50

Danny Elfman

10/13/2021
Host Jon Burlingame sits down with legendary composer Danny Elfman to talk about his scoring of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and his decades-long collaboration with Tim Burton. Danny also reveals to Jon the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of how the music for this cult classic film got made, why Halloween has been a special night for him since childhood and how intertwined he and Jack Skellington truly are.

Duration:00:38:55

Alan Menken (Part 2)

9/22/2021
In the second episode of a two part series, legendary eight-time Oscar-winning composer and songwriter Alan Menken continues his conversation with host Jon Burlingame. Together, they discuss Alan's transition to new writing partners after Howard Ashman’s early death with films like Aladdin and Tangled, Disney’s Broadway takeover, and other favorite projects such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Alan looks back on his impressive Disney legacy and reveals information about upcoming new classics...

Duration:00:28:16

Alan Menken (Part 1)

8/25/2021
In the first episode of a two part series, legendary eight-time Oscar winning composer and songwriter Alan Menken sits down with host Jon Burlingame to discuss his career. Alan takes the audience back to his beginnings as a musician in a family of dentists, his love of Fantasia, and his life-changing writing partnership with Howard Ashman; which would skyrocket them both to Off-Broadway success with Little Shop of Horrors, and eventually to Disney royalty with The Little Mermaid, Beauty and...

Duration:00:33:11

Lorne Balfe

7/21/2021
Host Jon Burlingame talks to Lorne Balfe, composer of the score for Marvel Studios' new film, Black Widow. Lorne reveals how he immersed himself in Russian music and culture in order to create a memorable sound for Natasha Romanoff’s long awaited origin story. He also recounts his own musical origins, including his early beginnings as a composer and his training with Hans Zimmer.

Duration:00:31:45

Nicholas Britell

6/23/2021
Emmy winning composer Nicholas Britell sits down with host Jon Burlingame to discuss his process combining orchestra and classic rock in the score for Disney’s Cruella. Britell talks about his musical history and how his philosophy of constant learning helped him navigate an ambitious project in the midst of the pandemic.

Duration:00:32:06

Neil Davidge

4/21/2021
Multi-faceted composer, songwriter, and producer Neil Davidge speaks with Host Jon Burlingame about creating five immersive musical atmospheres for Disney+ and National Geographic’s new landscape themed nature series, EARTH MOODS. Neil also recalls his time working with the band Massive Attack and explains how his love of musical variety has augmented his work as a composer.

Duration:00:32:08

Raphaelle Thibaut

4/21/2021
Composer Raphaelle Thibaut tells host Jon Burlingame how she used home-recorded music to illustrate the majesty and complex emotional lives of whales in Disney+ and National Geographic’s new four part series, SECRETS OF THE WHALES. Raphaelle also talks about how her unique childhood experiences, such as partial deafness and exposure to French cinema led her back to film composition as an adult.

Duration:00:31:20

James Newton Howard

3/24/2021
Host Jon Burlingame sits down with multi-Oscar nominated composer James Newton Howard to talk about his latest film score for Disney+’s animated adventure RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON. James reveals how he created the fantastical sound of the fictional Southeast Asian land where the story is set — using instruments like the “genggong” — similar to a Balinese jaw harp. He also takes Jon back to his early days collaborating with Elton John, who allowed him to do some orchestral arranging very...

Duration:00:30:58

Ludwig Goransson

2/24/2021
Host Jon Burlingame speaks with Oscar, Emmy and Grammy-winning composer Ludwig Goransson about his work on the first two seasons of The Mandalorian. Ludwig reveals how he came up with the Mandalorian’s signature sound — the bass recorder — as well as the challenges he had with the theme for Baby Yoda. Jon and Ludwig also talk about the composer’s travels to Senegal, where he worked with local musicians on the music for Black Panther, and his more recent work on the film Tenet.

Duration:00:42:30

Marcus Miller

1/27/2021
Host Jon Burlingame talks with Grammy-winning composer Marcus Miller about the score for Disney+’s Safety, which marks his latest collaboration with film director Reginald Hudlin, who convinced Miller to take a break from working alongside jazz great Miles Davis to compose the music for his first film, House Party, back in the late 1980s. Miller also reveals how his years as a session player, writer, producer and bandleader help him as a composer.

Duration:00:30:48

Rachel Portman

12/2/2020
Host Jon Burlingame it talks with Oscar and Emmy winning composer Rachel Portman about her latest film, Godmothered, and how writing music for comedies can be particularly challenging yet fun

Duration:00:29:23

Gordy Haab

10/28/2020
Composer Gordy Haab joins host Jon Burlingame to reveal how he landed his dream job composing music for the Star Wars video games, including the most recent game Star Wars: Squadrons. They also talk about the surprising place where Gordy got the chance opportunity to meet legendary Star Wars composer John Williams.

Duration:00:30:53

Tyler Bates

7/29/2020
Composer Tyler Bates joins host Jon Burlingame and reveals how growing up in a haunted house influenced his musical career. They also discuss the unique approach he took to score the Guardians of the Galaxy films, and why director James Gunn wanted the actors and crew to listen to the score as they filmed.

Duration:00:26:04

Mark Isham and Isabella Summers

6/24/2020
Composer Mark Isham and musician Isabella Summers talk with host Jon Burlingame about their recent collaboration for Hulu's timely dramatic series, Little Fires Everywhere. They reveal how they created musical identities, like betrayal and invasion of privacy, specific to the fraught mother and daughter relationships central to the story. Jon also speaks with Mark about his work on the Disney+ original film, Togo - and the personal reason he was drawn to the epic tale.

Duration:00:30:50