A private eye. A plainclothes cop. A law-abiding citizen turned to a life of crime. A victim of circumstance. Film noir, an often debated term to describe the stylish Hollywood crime melodramas initially regarded from the early 1940s to late 1950s, is a low key black and white visual style with roots in German Expressionistic cinematography with many of the prototypical stories derived from the hardboiled school of fiction which emerged in the U.S. during the Depression. Film Noir music, on the other hand, is obvious when you hear it. A haunting sax solo. A distant trumpet. A cocktail piano over a Latin beat. Sultry songs in a small, smoky nightclub oozing out into the dark, wet alleyway like neon from a flickering sign.
Tune into your source for all things soundtrack HERE, Morricone Youth, this Sunday, January 29 from 2-4pm ET, for host Devon E. Levins' curated listen to sound of the Film Noir. Expect the original masters Miklós Rózsa, Franz Waxman, Adolph Deutsch and David Raksin as well as plenty of re-interpretations and contemporary takes on the music from this classic genre.