Classical Music in Films

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Classical Music in Films

Post by Corlyss_D » Sat Apr 23, 2005 10:57 am

We often hear classical music used in films and TV, and here I am not speaking of blowsy big budget composer bios like Immortal Beloved or Amadeus or Disney's bios of Johan Strauss, Jr. or Tchaikovsky or his Fantasia. I mean part of the fabric of the film score.

What's the most effective use of classical music you have ever heard in films? By effective I mean did it create a mood or make a sly joke or heighten the impact of the scene in which it was used?
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Post by Guest » Sat Apr 23, 2005 12:08 pm

Noel Cowards "Brief Encounter" featuring the Rachmaninoff P.C. #2. That music was perfectly apropos to the mood, look, and feel of that film.

Kubricks use of clasxical music is big and spectacular. But in "Brief Encounter" it was used to subtley highlight the drama, pathos and emotional wallop that the film possesses.

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Post by Ralph » Sat Apr 23, 2005 1:24 pm

"Diva," a cult favorite makes interesting use of the soprano voice.

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Post by Haydnseek » Sat Apr 23, 2005 1:52 pm

I’ve always admired Woody Allen’s shrewd use of music. A quick web search turned up a listing of some of his classical music choices which include:

Shadows and Fog

Weill: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik, suite for wind orchestra

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887 (Op. posth. 161) First Movement, allegro molto moderato

Another Woman

Satie: Gymnopedie for piano No.3, for piano No 3

Bach: Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 Fourth Movement: Allegro

Hannah and Her Sisters

Auber: Manon Lescaut, opera Act 4: Sola, perduta, abbandonata

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61 No 1, Scherzo

A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61 Intermezzo

Symphony No. 3 in A minor ("Scottish"), Op. 56 No 2, Vivace non troppo


Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue for piano & orchestra

Love and Death

Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé, film score and suite for orchestra, Op. 60 Part 4, Troika

Lieutenant Kijé, film score and suite for orchestra, Op. 60 Part 3: Kijé's Wedding

Alexander Nevsky, cantata for mezzo-soprano, chorus, & orchestra, Op. 78 Song about Alexander Nevsky

The Love for Three Oranges, suite for orchestra, Op. 33 bis No 3, Marche
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Post by daycart » Sat Apr 23, 2005 8:19 pm


Tarkovsky-- Bach (check out the end of Solaris)

Bergman -- Chopin (esp. the op 17 #4)


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