The journey a film score takes, from the composer's brain to what comes out of the speakers at your local theater, is a long and complicated process. In the case of the new Pixar film The Good Dinosaur, the work began seven months ago. Audiences will hear it for the first time on Thanksgiving Day.
The Brazilians call it saudade. It's an elusive, almost intoxicating mix of emotions suffused with longing, loss and memory, best evoked in music. Perhaps Ukrainians have their own word for it. But if not, it can surely be heard in Valentin Silvestrov's Nostalghia, a solo piano work from 2001 that may just leave you a little lightheaded and yearning for something inexplicable.
This time on At the Symphony: It's Beethoven and Blue Jeans! Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson walks us through Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 95; Scott McAllister's Black Dog; and, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a. It's all in anticipation of the ASO's Beethoven and Blue Jeans event this weekend at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center.
Outer space is silent, and that may be one reason why a lot of movies about space have iconic scores — in addition to helping advance the the plot, the music in films like Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey must fill a literal void.
Jeffrey Curnow has a serious funny bone. In his cartoons, he pokes fun at symphony orchestras, conductors and musicians from his perch as the associate principal trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra.