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Old 27th June 2006, 10:48 PM   #101
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Georges Delerue wrote a wonderful soundtrack for the movie "Dien Bien Phu". Well, at least the main violin concerto, the rest is average. The CD is near impossible to find now.
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Old 27th June 2006, 11:02 PM   #102
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¨The Pianist¨ soundtrack makes a good, soft and not difficult classical entry.
That one is interesting. You probably already know it, but Nyman wrote that music so it would sound very much like 1900-century music, but still with a touch of his own modern minimialistic style. He also toook care to make it sound like music that was not more difficult to play than what an advanced amateur like the main character in the film could have managed to play.

I recommend the piano concerto that Nyman wrote later, based on the film music, but without those limitations and requirements he had for writing the music for the film.
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Old 28th June 2006, 11:05 AM   #103
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That one is interesting. You probably already know it, but Nyman wrote that music so it would sound very much like 1900-century music, but still with a touch of his own modern minimialistic style. He also toook care to make it sound like music that was not more difficult to play than what an advanced amateur like the main character in the film could have managed to play.

I recommend the piano concerto that Nyman wrote later, based on the film music, but without those limitations and requirements he had for writing the music for the film.
there is a whole sub-topic on the cross fertilisation of classical and movie music. For example Vaughan Williams wrote a Symphony (No 7) based on music he wrote for the movie "Scott of the Antarctic".

Similarly Korngold reworked some of his 'Sursum Corda' as the main themes for Robin Hood .

A much underated piece is the Violin Concerto of Miklós Rózsa which was reused in the Billy Wilder movie " The private life of Sherlock Holmes" both the piece and the movie are well worth seeking out.
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Old 28th June 2006, 12:08 PM   #104
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Old 28th June 2006, 04:11 PM   #105
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That one is interesting. You probably already know it, but Nyman wrote that music so it would sound very much like 1900-century music
Hi, Christer. I was referring to the Polanki movie The Pianist, not to ¨The Piano¨ movie by Jane Campion.
¨The Pianist¨ soundtrack is mostly Chopin; accesible, dulcet and autumnal. A good starter.
About ¨The Piano¨, if I remember well, it was a soundtrack with some debussyan touches? If it is so, me and my wife always remember that music with great affection -we saw the movie maybe six years ago-... I will dig that cd.

I like Nyman`s music very much, though I haven`t any record of his music. His elegant minimalism makes great film music -I remember some eighties Greenaway`s movies beautifully adorned by his touch-, and I owe myself some insight in his ouvre.

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Old 28th June 2006, 04:16 PM   #106
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Sorry Federico,

My mistake. There are so many films with similar title, that I mixed them up. There is also "The piano teacher", or whatever it is called, by Hanecke. To confuse things even more these films often change titles to similar ones depending on country, and differ from a similar book title when based on a book etc. However, in this case it was just me thinking of the wrong film. Oh well, the soundtrack to "The piano", which I referred to, is also good, although I recommend the piano concerto instead.

I also agree Nymans music played a very important part of Greenaways movies, and I have one or two of the soundtracks on CD.
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Old 28th June 2006, 04:18 PM   #107
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Old 28th June 2006, 04:27 PM   #108
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I will check both , then!
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Just so you don't get me wrong. I did not recommend the soundtrack to "The piano teacher". It is a very good film, better than Jelinecks book if you ask me, but I honstly can't remember what the music in the film was like, except for a lot of various classical pieces that her students played.
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Old 28th June 2006, 04:50 PM   #109
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I´m interested in Nyman only.
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Old 28th June 2006, 05:02 PM   #110
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I´m interested in Nyman only.
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Then you might want to check out the soundtrack to "The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover". But maybe one should have seen the film first to like it. Hard to tell.
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