September 18, 2002

Eureka!

I have found it!

I remember sitting in a movie theater in Westlake watching the wonderful Peter Weir film Fearless and being totally destoyed by the climactic scene in which Jeff Bridges and the fantastic Rosie Perez re-live their traumatic plane crash through a jarring attempt at self-destruction.

And I remember watching the so-so film Basquiat for the first time at home, and during the movie's final breath, hearing a familiar music sequence... but not being able to place it. I sat anxiously through the film's full list of credits, waiting for the final music credits... and not being able to read the text on the television screen. After a brief search on the internet, I gave up.

So, Basquiat was on again tonight, and I sat up and watched the movie in its entirety... waiting for those credits. Again, nothing visible... except for the flicker of the word "Verdi" on the screen.

After about an hour of internet searching, I found that the piece was not from Verdi's Il Trovatore, as I had thought, but from a modern composer named Henryck Gørecki... his Symphony No.3, Opus 36 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" is what I've been wondering about and longing to hear again for all these years. And now I've found it... what joy!


posted by julie at September 18, 2002 07:00 PM


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