Motion pictures About Composers – Classical KUSC

Motion pictures About Composers – Classical KUSC

Whereas we’re streaming film music 24/7, let’s not overlook that there have been many movies in regards to the lives and works of well-known composers. Whereas most of them put drama over historic accuracy, they do are likely to romanticize the experiences of their topics whereas attempting to indicate them at their most inventive. In

Whereas we’re streaming film music 24/7, let’s not overlook that there have been many movies in regards to the lives and works of well-known composers. Whereas most of them put drama over historic accuracy, they do are likely to romanticize the experiences of their topics whereas attempting to indicate them at their most inventive.

In all probability the best-known real-life composer movie (and earlier than that, a profitable stage play by Peter Shaffer) is Amadeus, which tries to indicate the genius of Mozart by way of the eyes of Salieri. Their battle is ramped as much as serve the (fictional) plot with a dying Salieri confessing to having been answerable for the loss of life of Mozart years earlier than. Right here the youthful composer improvises on a march that Salieri has written, and ‘edits’ it to turn out to be ‘Non Piu Andrai’ from his later opera Don Giovanni.

From the 1938 movie The Nice Waltz, about Johann Strauss II, we’re led to imagine that his creation of “Tales from the Vienna Woods” was only a matter of being in the best place on the proper time, and listening rigorously. (Thank goodness the horse’s hooves clip-clopped in 3/4 time!) The motion picks up round 1:45 into the clip.

The 1945 biopic A Track to Keep in mind tells a decidedly inaccurate story of Frederic Chopin and contains probably the most contrived handshake in Hollywood historical past, as Franz Liszt discovers the younger Polish composer’s manuscript on a piano on the Salle de Pleyel, and the 2 musicians turn out to be quick associates whereas enjoying a Polonaise.

Immortal Beloved is the extra well-known Beethoven-themed movie, however in 2006’s Copying Beethoven, he (performed by Ed Harris) explains the Grosse Fuge for string quartet to the lady who’s copying his manuscripts for efficiency. Whereas the movie does present the composer sporting an ear horn due to his deafness, in actuality, he was totally deaf by this level and would have wanted anybody he was having a dialog with to write down down their responses.

 

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Jeffrey is an arts producer for KUSC and our sister station, Classical KDFC, in San Francisco.

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