Music from the Movies

July 8, 2005 at 06:24 AM · Hi, Does anybody know what the Quartet in the movie Titanic played while the ship was sinking. I think it was something from Kreisler but I can not remember. I am looking from "Music from the movies" (I already am doing The Red Violin, Scent of a Women, Smile from Chaplin, Schindler's list and Milhaud's Le boeuf sur le toit.) If anybody has some more ideas on good film music for violin, let me know!

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July 8, 2005 at 06:35 AM · Can't tell you what the quartet was playing as I've never seen the movie, sorry. I do think it's awesome that you are doing Charlie Chaplin's Smile though! Great work, not heard enough.

Another film with a great violin adaptation is West Side Story.

July 8, 2005 at 06:40 AM · That is an arrangment of the hymn tune Nearer My God To Thee.

July 8, 2005 at 07:12 AM · 'As Time Goes By,' from Casablanca. Don't know about arrangements. Easy to imagine a great jazz arrangement for violin and piano.

July 8, 2005 at 10:42 AM · West Side Story is still only for Josh... there is still no music avalaible.

I am doing my own arangement of the tango from Scent of a Woman and it is costing me a lot of time to just get it together (especially with my non existend piano skills) But please, all suggestions are welcome!

July 8, 2005 at 02:17 PM · I have a CD with the music which was played on the Titanic: "And the band played on..." by Grupetto (Belgian chambermusic group). It's played by a violinist (my previous teacher:)), a violist, a cellist, a clarinettist and a pianist, who also plays harmonium, I believe. I don't know the songs and the composers anymore, but I'll look it up.

So, it's not the music from the film, but it should be what they REALLY played.

July 8, 2005 at 02:40 PM · Are you a student of Thomas Furi? I did not know he also thought in Belgium... Thanks for looking it up!

July 8, 2005 at 02:34 PM · HI Clara,

"Back to the Titanic" CD 1998, the Original Soundtrack, Original music composed by James Horner:

7. Nearer My God to Thee - I Salonisti,

12. Nearer My God To Thee - Eileen Ivers (a hauntingly beautiful violin solo which was also released on her Crossing the Bridge CD)

Nearer My God to Thee is an old Hymn. Hope this helps! WJ

July 8, 2005 at 07:32 PM · Thank you for the info!

July 8, 2005 at 08:28 PM · If you look up :

you can listen to the music and read a historical synopsis about the hymn. Words to the hymn (verses 1-5) were actually written by Sarah Fuller Flower Adams (1805-1848). Craig....

July 8, 2005 at 08:13 PM · just remembered...

how about a rendition of Shostakovich's Waltz No.2 from the Jazz Suite which was used in Stanley Kubrick's film "Eyes Wide Shut"? It's an awsome tune! Craig...

July 8, 2005 at 08:32 PM · I remember them saying "Orpheus".

July 8, 2005 at 09:22 PM · Very interesting article, Jim. Thanks for the link.

July 8, 2005 at 09:59 PM · I think the violin part from Fiddler on the Roof is really cool. I would like to play that once.

July 9, 2005 at 04:27 PM · If you want to write your own arrangement of a tune that is under copyright protection, do you have to obtain permission from the publisher first? Does anyone have any experience with this?

July 9, 2005 at 04:54 PM · Not right at the end... but during the movie.. the T... band played a very fast version of "John Ryan's Polka which is in the "Fiddler's Fakebook." It's a nice tune... not really a polka style... but a reel.

July 10, 2005 at 11:59 AM · Carla, I'm not a student of Thomas Furi, I meant Jo Vercruysse. You can find information about the band of the Titanic on the website of their ensemble:

You can also listen to some tracks.

I give you here the list of the pieces they recorded:

1. Passing of Salome (1912) - Archibald Joyce

2. Sphinx (1906) White Star Line Music nr 113 - Francis Popy

3. Verschmähte Liebe WSLM nr 118 - Paul Lincke

4. Apach's Dance (1861) WSLM nr 117 - Jacques Offenbach

5. Vision of Salome (1908) WSLM nr 104 - Archibald Joyce

6. Lysistrata (1902) WSLM nr 119 - Paul Lincke

7. Alexander's Ragtime Band (1911) - Irving Berlin

8. Oh! You beautiful Doll (1911) - Nat. D. Ayer

9. Ah! Sweet mystery Life (1910) - Victor Herbert

10.In the Shadows (1910) - Herman Finck

11.Shine on harvest moon (1908) - J. Norworth/N. Bayes

12.By the light of the Silvery Moon (1909) - George Edwards

13.My melancholy baby (1912) - Ernie Burnett

14.Nearer, my God, to Thee - anonymous

15.Songe d' Automne (1908) WSLM nr 114 - Archibald Joyce

I hope you can find the music somewhere!

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