Violin in Film ScoresRepertoire: Seeking works for violin that originate or are included in film scores.
From Jason Neukom
From Valerie CoonHilary Hahn's solos in The Village
Posted on November 12, 2005 at 09:30 AM
From Sander MarcusThere is an old move about the impressario, Sol Hurok (Hollywood biography style -- that is to say, total fiction). I think the actor was David Wayne. Anyway, Isaac Stern played the "part" of Eugene Ysaye (which is funny, since Ysaye was big and Stern was short). Anyway, Stern plays a couple of numbers, I think, but he definitely plays the last movement of Wieniewski's Second Concerto, and it is a wonderful performance. He certainly was not cast in the movie for his acting ability (I wish I could remember the name of the movie).
Posted on November 12, 2005 at 12:53 PM
And I believe one or more of the old WWII "Hollywood Canteen" films had some classical artists, and I believe Menuhin was one of them.
From SCOTT KLAPPENBACHCheck out Perlman's CD which is all movie music with prominent violin parts.
Posted on November 12, 2005 at 01:25 PM
From Sarah VandemoorteleIn the movie about Sol Hurok, you can only see Sterns hands, I believe. The rest of the person is the real actor. They made some cuts.
Posted on November 12, 2005 at 06:48 PM
From Emily LizHumoresque (1947) has awesome violinistic faking in it. In fact, the Waxman Carmen Fantasy was written for the film, I hear. Rhapsody, a really cheesy Liz Taylor movie from the 1950s, has some violin solos in it, although it's obvious that the actor isn't playing the instrument. Hilary and Jackie, one of the best modern films about classical music, doesn't have any violins in it, but the cello stuff that is in there is quite good.
Posted on November 12, 2005 at 07:54 PM
From Sander MarcusSarah: I saw the movie a long, long time ago. I do remember Stern had some lines of dialogue and was certainly on camera for his scene. I don't remember the visuals while he played, except that (I think) there may have been some camera shots of his face. I do remember the sound and the performance.
Posted on November 12, 2005 at 10:01 PM
And, Emily: I believe the violin solos in Rhapsody were played by Michael Rabin.
From Emily LizThat they were. And Isaac Stern played for Humoresque.
Posted on November 13, 2005 at 02:40 AM
From fiona dI'm pretty sure that the Korngold concerto incorporates some pretty gorgeous tunes from some of his film scores from the 30's.
Posted on November 13, 2005 at 07:12 AM
From Evelyn RayIn Humoresque, the actor's violin "performances" are actually played by two professional violinists standing on either side of him, one to bow and one to finger. The actual music was performed by Isaac Stern. This is the 1946 version.
Posted on November 13, 2005 at 01:26 PM
From Sal RosenbergFiona yes you're absolutely right about Korngold and the violin concerto having some movie soundtrack motives. Some of the melodies in the violin concerto were taken from the Robin Hood film score by Korngold. Listen for Glenn Dicterow's solos in Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.
Posted on November 13, 2005 at 06:16 PM
From Demetrius GlewI also liked Hilary Hahn's solos in 'The Village.'
Posted on November 15, 2005 at 10:54 AM
From Jason NeukomThank you for the assistance.
Posted on November 24, 2005 at 04:45 AM
From Patrick WongSorry to come to this so late, only just noticed the thread - there's a scene in Kinsey where I heard the most amazing violin sound - turned out to be James Ehnes playing the slow movement of Bruch Concerto No.3. Not violin and piano though if that's what you're looking for.
Posted on November 24, 2005 at 05:06 AM
From Cheng Hooi LeeHi - Try Joshua Bell's new film called Ladies in Lavender with new music (written by Nigel Hess). Very tuneful and virtuoso as well. There are some old music in the film like Sarasate's Introduction & Tarantella.
Posted on November 24, 2005 at 06:24 AM
By the way, a gypsy tune sequence that John Corigliano used for the Red Violin is not original. That tune sequence can be heard on the Hubay Scenes Hyperion CD by Shaham (not Gil but Hagai Shaham).
From Enosh KoflerHow bout Fiddler on the Roof? I like the movie and it features awesome playing by Isaac Stern. I'm sure everyone knows this though.
Posted on November 24, 2005 at 06:22 PM
From Ruth KueflerI saw just a trailer for a new movie "Lady in the Water" from M. Night Shyamalan, and it had this gorgeous violin music in the background. I wonder if it was Hilary Hahn, since she did played on "The Village" but it didn't really sound like her. Anybody heard this?
Posted on November 24, 2005 at 11:34 PM
From mike valalikI reccommend the Korngld Violin Concerto, it was taken from one of his movie themes when Korngold worked for Hollywood. The work is modern, but outstandingly lyrical and impossibly virtuosic.
Posted on November 25, 2005 at 12:21 AM
i highly suggest learning it, if you have the skill. If not, Jascha Heifetz has done a wondeful recording, in fact he might have premiered it?? and i know the French violinist Renaud Capucon is touring it with much success.
From Christina WilkeThe playing in The Village was done by Hilary Hahn- it's a very cool score, although I'm not sure if it's the kind of thing you could find in sheet music yet. Also, as a kind of fun thing to do, you could play the theme from Young Dr. Frankenstein- it's silly and short, but it's fun to have in your repertoire for thanksgiving dinners and family get-togethers (if you're family is into that kind of movie, they'll go nuts over it- trust me!)
Posted on November 25, 2005 at 02:13 AM
From Cheng Hooi LeeAnyone watched Spring Symphony? Natasha Kinski played the role of Clara Schumann. In one of the opening scenes, Paganini (played by a younger Gidon Kremer) plays the Caprice No 17 Op. 1 astoundingly. The fingered octaves bit (in the middle section of the caprice) alone is worth buying the whole video-tape or DVD!!
Posted on November 25, 2005 at 09:00 AM
From Patrick WongBell's playing in Ladies in Lavender is great but not worth watching the movie for...what a shocker.
Posted on November 25, 2005 at 07:12 AM
From Sydney MeneesRuth -
Posted on November 27, 2005 at 01:45 AM
I heard that too. I think it was Joshua Bell and Josh Groban.
From Ruth KueflerYeah, the vocalist did sound like Josh Groban. Is this from any CD you know of? It was beautiful.
Posted on November 27, 2005 at 08:32 PM
From Sydney MeneesYou're in luck! I do know, it's from Josh Groban's CD "Closer."
Posted on December 2, 2005 at 02:44 AM
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