The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Present-Day Composer #12: Academy Awards Edition

Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975)

Winner, Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, 1941, for All That Money Can Buy (a.k.a. The Devil and Daniel Webster).

Who were you expecting? Marvin Hamlisch?

1 comment :

Rob said...

Movie scoring must be one of the most excruciating jobs. But if you get it right, it floats thru people's minds all day. Did you notice the background music for this years cut-to-commercial moments at the Oscars was from the three biggies - Bernstein, Raksin, and Goldsmith - who passed on last year? Too bad most watchers would be clueless.