On the Beach (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
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||Main Title||Ernest Gold||2:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Peter and Mary||Ernest Gold||3:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Desolate City||Ernest Gold||4:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Let's Call Moira||Ernest Gold||2:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Australian Summer Time||Ernest Gold||5:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Boat Race||Ernest Gold||2:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Mysterious Signal||Ernest Gold||2:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Homecoming||Ernest Gold||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dwight's Visitor||Ernest Gold||1:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Take the Final Step||Ernest Gold||2:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Love You||Ernest Gold||4:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||There's Still Time||Ernest Gold||3:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Not with a bang , but a whimper.....
By turns lyrical and chilling, Ernest Gold's music for "On the Beach" is the perfect score for one of the better "nuclear doomsday" films of the Cold War era. The film still packs an emotional punch, concentrating on the human element as each character comes to terms with their own-and humanity's-extinction.
Ernest Gold's "golden" score
Ernest Gold (husband of Marnie Nixon and father of rocker Andrew Gold) scored dozens of films in the 50s and 60s and was the composer of choice for producer-director Stanley Kramer. When Kramer filmed "On the Beach," Nevil Shute's popular novel nuclear war and its deadly aftermath in Australia, he turned to Gold for the score, requiring only that Gold NOT use "Waltzing Matilda." Thankfully, Gold changed Kramer's mind, using the popular Australian tune for the film's score. Kramer's films, which mostly exhibited a sense of strained seriousness, have not held up, but "Beach" fares better than most, and it's largely do to Gold's music, which is tender, sad, rueful and appropriate eerie in the scenes dealing with radioactive fallout. "Exodus," his score for Otto Preminger's film, is better known but this is Gold's best score.
Love the music
Love the music now just wish we could get the movie to be on itunes.
Born: July 13, 1921 in Vienna, Austria
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s