Composing and conducting the score for Disney’s live-action feature film, Return to Oz, pulled David Shire into the world of Oz. He delivered music that is in turn haunting, playful, sober, and soaring. Wonderfully cinematic, Shire’s work carries us from loneliness and exuberance into a ragtime celebration. It’s evocative, enchanting, and a perfect fit for the Land of Oz.
Ryan Jay’s pre-recorded interview with Shire is part of an ongoing series that remembers Return to Oz.