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EUROPEAN FILM MUSIC

Despite what we might know about the careers of composers such as Erich Wolfgang Korngold or Hans Zimmer, it’s good to know not all talented European musicians fled to America! (Or, at least, not forever.) Fortunately, European cinema was able to hold onto the geniuses of Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone and Wojciech Kilar for the greater part of their remarkable musical contributions. When Francis Ford Coppola commissioned Nino Rota to write his landmark score for THE GODFATHER, the Italian composer never set foot on the grounds of the United States. Quite the contrary: it was his music, free from all the musical stereotypes of American crime movies that infused a genuine Mediterranean air to the film - and an enduring sense of homesickness that is still overwhelming today. The concert EUROPEAN FILM MUSIC pays homage to some of the most prominent European film composers of the last eighty years. The programme compellingly represents a wide array of European personalities and nationalities, including France (Georges Delerue and Michel Legrand), Russia (Isaak O. Dunayevsky), Poland (Wojciech Kilar, Władysław Szpilman), Italy (Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone), the United Kingdom (Ron Goodwin) and Spain (Roque Baños).

Maybe one of the great assets of all these composers is their ability to switch back and forth between art-house films and popular movies. They are able to create an emotional connection between the audiences and the intimate world of an auteur (as Delerue and Rota did, respectively, for Truffaut and Fellini), or they can infuse popular cinema with such creative boldness and originality that neither westerns nor musicals were ever the same after the contributions by Morricone and Legrand. The music selected for this EUROPEAN FILM MUSIC programme recalls the variety and richness of European cinema: Delerue’s intimate and sensitive ‘Hommage à François Truffaut’ (featuring music from JULES AND JIM and DAY FOR NIGHT, among others), Morricone’s classic scores for ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST and CINEMA PARADISO, Rota’s masterpieces for Coppola (THE GODFATHER) and Fellini (LA DOLCE VITA, LA STRADA), Legrand’s captivating suite from THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG and Roque Baños’s epic fanfares for ALATRISTE which are inspired by Spanish processional music.

 

Concert order

Władysław Szpilman (1911 - 2000): Introduction to a film (1957)

Isaak O. Dunajewski (1900 - 1955): Overture from THE CHILDREN OF CAPITAIN GRANT (1936)

Wojciech Kilar (1932 - 2013): Two Pieces from BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992)

        1. „The Brides / E.C. / The Castle”

        2. „Mina/Dracula”

Michel Legrand (* 1932): Suite from THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964)

Georges Delerue (1925 - 1992): Hommage à François Truffaut

        - TIREZ SUR LE PIANISTE (SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER, 1960)

        - L’AMOUR À VINGT ANS (LOVE AT TWENTY, 1962)

        - JULES ET JIM (JULES AND JIM, 1962)

        - LA PEAU DOUCE (THE SOFT SKIN, 1964)

        - LES DEUX ANGLAISES ET LE CONTINENT (TWO ENGLISH GIRLS, 1971)

        - UNE BELLE FILLE COMME MOI (SUCH A GORGEOUS KID LIKE ME, 1972)

        - VIVEMENT DIMANCHE! (CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS, 1983)

        - LA NUIT AMÉRICAINE (DAY FOR NIGHT, 1973)

        - LA FEMME D’À CÔTÉ (THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR, 1981)

        - LE DERNIER MÉTRO (THE LAST METRO, 1980)

Ron Goodwin (1925 - 2003): Excerpts from THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING
MACHINES (1965)

- - - Intermission - - -

Roque Baños (* 1968): „Fanfarria“ from ALATRISTE (2006)

Ennio (* 1928) and Andrea (* 1964) Morricone: Suite from NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO (1988)

Ennio Morricone: Suite aus C’ERA UNA VOLTA IL WEST (ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, 1968)

Nino Rota (1911 - 1979): Love Theme from THE GODFATHER (1972)

        Suite from LA DOLCE VITA (1960)

        Suite from LA STRADA (1954)

- - - Encore - - -

Zbigniew Preisner (* 1955): Tango from TRZY KOLORY: BIAŁY (THREE COLORS: WHITE, 1994)

Duration:
90 min.
Ensemble:
large orchestra (from 46 Musicians)
Instrumentation:
3*.3*.3*.3* - 4.3.3.1 - timp.perc.drumset - pno/cel/org - gtr/egtr/bnj.ebs. acc.harm.mand - str
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