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    Quote Originally Posted by SalieriIsInnocent View Post
    Well, Peer Gynt in a way is a soundtrack to Ibsen's play. You can easily find the full score of incidental music in various recordings. Pieces from that are considered true classics, and are held in high regard. Are those pieces somehow cheaper for being an intended companion to the play?
    "Somehow cheaper"? No, I wouldn't describe the Suites that way. But interesting to read Wiki:

    "Even though the première was a "triumphant success", it prompted Grieg to complain bitterly that the Swedish management of the theatre had given him specifications as to the duration of each number and its order: "I was thus compelled to do patchwork... In no case had I opportunity to write as I wanted... Hence the brevity of the pieces," he said."
    The source for Wiki's entry (Classic FM) also tells us that, "The movements Grieg chose for his suites bear no relation to the chronology of the play: Morning, the first piece in Suite No.1, is the prelude to Act 4; The Death Of Åse, second in Suite No.1, comes from the end of Act 3; Anitra’s Dance, third in Suite No.1, is from Act 4; and In The Hall Of The Mountain King’, fourth in Suite No.1, comes from Act 2.

    https://www.classicfm.com/composers/...egs-peer-gynt/

    This suggests that a soundtrack's integrity partly derives from its companionship with the drama. When it's not a soundtrack, but a Suite (which is of course what happens with the releases of movie soundtracks onto disc) it becomes something else; something with its own integrity, but not something with the compositional development of a full concerto or symphony.
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    I very much like Prokofiev's Lt. Kije Suite (Malcom Sargent, LSO in particular). I prefer it to Alexander Nevsky, which to me sounds like bad movie music.

    To appreciate movie soundtrack music doesn't mean one has to listen to the entire score. Henry Mancini's beginning and end title music to Lifeforce can stand by itself, at least in my opinion.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gIbhpGcRlm0

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    ‘In1948 Virgil Thomson collaborated with the director Robert J. Flaherty on the docufiction film Louisiana Story, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1949. At the time, the award was the only Pulitzer Prize in music granted for a musical composition written exclusively for film. Thomson composed an orchestra suite based upon the score which was premiered by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1949 to widespread critical acclaim.’

    Beautiful film, lovely music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
    Apart from that, listening to a soundtrack as standalone music is usually disappointing.
    I don't know if you've ever heard of, or listened to this weekly program, but it can be interesting at times. Although, the host's voice can become a little grating at times...

    http://www.classical89.org/programs/thescore/

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    Erudite behaviour.
    Last edited by jazzthieve; Mar-27-2019 at 11:05.

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