The greatest theme music in the history of man?

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herodotus
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Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:05 pm

Harry_HH wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:09 am
This, if not the greatest, one of the greatest, anyway.

Death in Venice by Luchino Visconti, Mahler Adagietto Symphony No. 5

Just listen the last 1 minute, if you are unpatient. And then tell me, its not great.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx2RoIswm3s

I can not condone listening to just the last minute of Mahler's Adagietto. I understand the impulse; the brilliance of the orchestration in the last section is indeed striking. And of course, if you've heard it many times it makes no matter.

But if you've never heard it, listening to just the end will deprive you of a master class in musical development. It is one of the greatest examples of dramatic pacing in the history of music....

Oh, to hell with it. I have an irresistible urge to let out my grumpy old man:
Grumpy Old Man wrote:If you can't spare 10 minutes to listen to it, you don't deserve to hear the last minute. And you wouldn't be able to understand it anyway.
There. I said it.

rp314
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2283 posts since 25 Mar, 2006 from The city by the bay

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Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:24 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTm1dYhzhPE

Krzysztof Komeda
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Nspace
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136 posts since 19 Jul, 2013 from Chile

Re: The greatest theme music in the history of man?

Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:32 pm

Not a theme, but a dream... more precisely that situation between desires and contempt; a kind of maturity not too different to divine boredom, but just before achieving it, when it still touches you:

http://youtu.be/gDhQYWVPdng?t=144

"Where I want to be" would be my favorite from Chess. Benny would choose "Anthem" of course (or "Endgame" on 2nd thought, I don't know really), an excellent rendition of which was at 2015´s Nobel banquet together with "Kärlekens Tid":

https://youtu.be/kR-WTOEFhp4

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Harry_HH
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3289 posts since 4 Aug, 2006 from Helsinki

Re: The greatest theme music in the history of man?

Post Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:31 pm

herodotus wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:05 pm
Harry_HH wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:09 am
This, if not the greatest, one of the greatest, anyway.

Death in Venice by Luchino Visconti, Mahler Adagietto Symphony No. 5

Just listen the last 1 minute, if you are unpatient. And then tell me, its not great.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx2RoIswm3s

I can not condone listening to just the last minute of Mahler's Adagietto. I understand the impulse; the brilliance of the orchestration in the last section is indeed striking. And of course, if you've heard it many times it makes no matter.

But if you've never heard it, listening to just the end will deprive you of a master class in musical development. It is one of the greatest examples of dramatic pacing in the history of music....

Oh, to hell with it. I have an irresistible urge to let out my grumpy old man:
Grumpy Old Man wrote:If you can't spare 10 minutes to listen to it, you don't deserve to hear the last minute. And you wouldn't be able to understand it anyway.
There. I said it.
You are of course right. But you can be as grumpy as you want, the realism is, that many people need a hook, from which they can expand their listening experience.
And what comes to the ”understanding the music”, you don’t need to understand the music, its enough, that you enjoy it. :phones:

K-Bee
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2125 posts since 9 Mar, 2009 from Copenhagen, Denmark

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Post Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:48 am

I love this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQUeQOIlcDM
So american and patriotic :hihi: :hihi: - just listen to the theme. And don't forget the FM bass - a lot of dx7 on this!

Another cheese fest is this - David Foster knew how to make this stuff like no one else (except Dave Grusin)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9N3T2JslrM


Talking about Grusin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qml75qpmpSs

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fmr
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8510 posts since 16 Mar, 2003 from Porto - Portugal

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Post Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:58 am

Harry_HH wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:31 pm
You are of course right. But you can be as grumpy as you want, the realism is, that many people need a hook, from which they can expand their listening experience.
And what comes to the ”understanding the music”, you don’t need to understand the music, its enough, that you enjoy it. :phones:
You are right, but many times, being able to understand what's going on is helpful to enjoy it. This is much more true to classical music, especially the late romantic and later music, because of the density, and sometimes really slow pace the music is developed.

This reminds me of a commentary of an old acquaintace about the Also Sprach Zarathustra" tone poem. He liked the Intro, of course (it's the part used in "2001: A Space Oddyssey") but he said the rest is "like the sword of the king: long and boring" (boring in portuguese is writen the same way as flat - it's a tongue in cheek).

Of course I never thought the tone poem was "boring", although it may be considered "very long" from the pop song standards perspective.
Fernando (FMR)

rp314
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Bombadil
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Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:28 am

“We're an Anarcho-Syndicalist commune”
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AnX
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Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:39 am

why is there no parody thead?

The greatest theme music in the history of woman?

Dunbar
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499 posts since 28 Apr, 2004 from location: location

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Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:57 am

herodotus wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:05 pm
Grumpy Old Man wrote:If you can't spare 10 minutes to listen to it, you don't deserve to hear the last minute. And you wouldn't be able to understand it anyway.
There. I said it.
Agreed.

I'm ashamed to say, I was introduced to Mahler by a computer game: Millennium 2.2, thirty years ago. This 'chip tune' version of Adagietto is still pretty good :hihi:
eh?

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Nspace
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136 posts since 19 Jul, 2013 from Chile

Re: The greatest theme music in the history of man?

Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:26 pm

In cinema, there are several, probably many theme music that is up there with the greatest.

Just from what produces in me, i will mention the one awarded the year I was born that also reigned the UK charts for most of the rest of the decade; The Sound of Music
Obviously one has to thank the unique clarity of voice and spirit of Julie Andrews, but I wont post here her interpretations, neither a song from that film, instead as a way to remember her broad legacy, that little song from Mary Poppins brought to life in Amsterdam:
https://youtu.be/jENfyP5Eqjw

Additionally, under the same criteria, from Dr Zhivago:
https://youtu.be/Vkvom_V5cLg
Most of us haven't grasped the actual dynamics a Balalaika may produce contrasting with the sweep of orchestral chord instruments.

To complete the neo-romantic theme landscape ENNIO MORRICONE needs to be mentioned,
wich could be the other pole of that other neo-romantic this time religion inspired and profound minimalism of Arvo Part. No need to mention the ample usage of "Frates" in cinema either.
https://youtu.be/MmBrepbZji0

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cthonophonic
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233 posts since 1 Jan, 2018

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Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:05 pm

I wonder, have Orff's 'O Fortuna' and Barber's 'Adagio for Strings' ever both been used in the same movie/trailer?


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aMUSEd
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30660 posts since 14 Sep, 2002 from In teh net

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Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:23 pm

PatchAdamz wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:21 pm
Witness - Maurice Jarre

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw28_kQ ... 5R&index=5
Great theme - esp the barn raising

rp314
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2283 posts since 25 Mar, 2006 from The city by the bay

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Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:07 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq0yhizu0y8

And somehow he still goes off to fight in Algeria... :hihi:

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