The hype surrounding young Billie Eilish's song, written with her brother, for the latest James Bond film, got me thinking about a thread on this subject.
What are some of your favourite film themes/songs/incidental music? I'm a sucker for great melodies, so John Barry and Ennio Morricone are probably my two biggest favourites, but there have been so many great composers for film over the decades.
This one by John Barry is so beautiful and sad reflecting the subject of the film, the beautiful actress Frances Farmer and her tragic life. I think John Barry is unsurpassed for his melodic themes.
Great thread. Love both of the Vangelis soundtracks referred to above. The soundtracks he did for the documentary films L'Apocalypse des animaux and Opera Sauvage I like even more - despite having seen neither film (I love Vangelis full stop. A lot of his music that hasn't been used on soundtracks would work well in the right cinematic context - the albums China and Soil Festivities make for some visually evocative listening).
Onto stuff from films I have seen. Joe Hisaishi's pieces for Takeshi Kitano's Hana-Bi are wonderful, particularly Sea Of Blue and Ever Love. That abrupt, step-descending strings glissando thing, about a minute into Ever Love, is a shivers moment (the gob-iron playing on it is lovely as well). This vaporous little piano piece from the great Korean coming-of-age film Take Care Of My Cat that has always affected me. Here it is as it features in the film:
The same film also features this smashing little synthy pop track at the end (haven't a clue what the guy's singing about, but it doesn't affect my enjoyment one iota). There's a similarly ethereal and even briefer little piece of music that crops up in the Swedish horror noir (is that a genre?!) film Svart Lucia. Lasts but a few seconds, but has always stayed with me. The whole thing is currently up on Youtube in one piece: here's a vid link time-linked to the bit I mean:
I'd recommend watching the entire film if you haven't seen it. I'm a sucker for a bit of restrained, reflective-cum-melancholy mood music.
For me, one of the greatest film themes of them all: the chordal intro with the basses and chimes, sounding very Italian to my ears, then that longing, melancholic melody carried by the the female operatic voice, and the beautiful orchestration. Gives me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes. Morricone is a genius
Benny and Björn owes a lot to Michel Legrand (and his collaboration with director Jacques Demy if you want to go far.) Pure grandeur and sophistication while being conventional. Americana meets French is way too little to describe his music. I dig his works:
And a bit of a neat crossover between Miles and Michel, the first time I've heard of Legrand's film music through diving myself into Miles Davis' biography some years ago