Re: Kaczmarek: Quo Vadis
- From: JonJon <jszostaksr@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 11:58:31 -0700 (PDT)
On May 20, 8:50 am, Mark & Steven Bornfeld
I am in possesion of recordings of the scores for "Quo Vadis" (as well
as those for "Bliss", "Unfaithful" and "Eye of the Devil")
I am a newbie, and listening to film scores divorced from the intended
medium is pretty new territory to me; I've heard (and turned off to)
rants about how, and whether, and why film scores should be considered
stand-alone works of art, or just lubricant for the film maker. This is
to me a useless argument--not only because any art form can change
depending upon its context,but because in the case of many scores there
is a self-evident life away from the screen.
So far I have managed only one complete listening to "Quo
Vadis"--mostly because things are so hectic at home that the bulk of my
listening is done drive-time, and I have a rather short commute.
Knowing our blushing root's enthusiasm for this score, I am also
hesitant to say anything negative. Nevertheless, I should give a few
Kaczmarek writes BIG music. Given the subject of the movie this is
understandable, but I would have appreciated more variation of the
dynamics, which are almost all very large gestures. He uses the
orchestra very well. I liked the massed voices (almost everything is
massed--strings, kettle drums), especially when the accompaniment was in
more interesting time signatures. I confess several times thinking
these were a little too Orff "Carmina Burana" for me.
Many of the pieces were consciously made to seem like Kaczmarek's
conception of the feel of music as it may have been in ancient Rome.
Others are lush and modern. I didn't like the use of the soprano
sax--this may have had to do with the occasional overuse of reverb in
the recording. Some of the other effects (what sounds like strumming
with a guitar pick on piano strings) is effective, but probably overused.
My favorite cuts were those that were more chromatic in nature--I wish
I'd time to write down these cuts while driving. These managed to hold
musical interest with a more modern feel without sounding anachronistic
in the score.
I noticed on imdb.com that Kaczmarek has also written concert music.
I'd be interested in hearing some of this.
Thanks to Red for giving me the opportunity to listen to these scores.
Mark & Steven Bornfeld DDShttp://www.dentaltwins.com
Steve: If you don't like it...just say so! Scarlet Parsnip is a big
root now...he can take any negative comments in stride...or should I
What did you think of the person yodeling those incomprehensible
Jon E. Szostak, Sr.
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