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Film Music (slightly OT)

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« on: January 01, 2013, 12:56:01 am »

I'm surprised so many people dislike Rachmaninov-Colin, John (aka Mirror Image) and now you, cilgwyn Shocked

...but enough about that. It is entirely possible to love Korngold and hate Rachmaninov (or the other way around) at the same time. While both late-romantic composers, Korngold and Rachmaninov are quite different. Rachmaninov's music is in the Slavic Romantic tradition of Tchaikovsky and focuses on memorable melodic writing rather than innovative and dazzling orchestration. Korngold's music, however, is in the German late-romantic tradition of Wagner and R. Strauss (not so much Mahler) and focuses more on complex orchestration than melodic writing. I'm not saying Rach was a bad orchestrator or that Korngold was a bad melodist-I'm just trying to emphasize that there are differences between the two composers. I wouldn't exactly call Korngold's harmonies "spicy", even in comparison to Rach. I truly hope this clumsily worded explanation answers your question, cilgwyn Grin

Is it possible to like Korngold but not care much for R. Strauss? It must be because I have, strangely (for someone who adores late-romantic music) never understood Strauss. He's one of those composers I don't quite "get"-though I love Wagner, Bruckner and Mahler, whom Strauss is often grouped with. His orchestral music often just seems like a bunch of bluster but without much depth or purpose. A great orchestrator maybe, but not a great composer IMHO. In other words, orchestration instead of music. There are quite a few composers who are more talented orchestrators than Strauss-Respighi, Sibelius and Ravel, just to name a few. The only works of his I've really enjoyed are the Burleske and Metamorphosen. I believe the reason why the latter is more successful than Strauss' other orchestral works is because it's just for strings, so Strauss doesn't have to worry about dazzling us with orchestration but can instead concentrate on musical substance. That's just my sincere opinion. I think I need to give Strauss another go to judge him fairly. Apologies if I have been rather harsh on Strauss Embarrassed Now I prepare to be hated by Strauss fans Grin

Sorry for the ramble! Now...back to film music! Strauss didn't write any Grin
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