The Optimistic Bounce

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Saturday, June 02, 2012

Director Wes Anderson's new film "Moonrise Kingdom" features some classic recordings of music by Benjamin Britten and Hank Williams, and original music by Alexandre Desplat. Desplat's score is there to provide a kind of momentum, a musical evocation of the characters' determination and optimistic sense of intent.

That type of optimistic bounce can be found in many film scores these days. It's great for scenes in which characters are making up their minds to get something done, or showing a sense of purpose.

David Garland presents music for optimists, drawing on "Moonrise Kingdom" and other Wes Anderson films, plus scores by Rachel Portman and others.

Comments [6]

David Garland

Paco and David, you were both absolutely right! Bacharach is usually a very identifiable composer, but it took sharp ears to identify him from those particular "What New Pussycat" tracks. Paco, I've never heard that piece "Brigitte Bardot"; sounds like fun--especially to witness the recording!

Susan, you're right, Rota could have fit in this show. To my ear, many of his jaunty, upbeat pieces are deeply shadowed by nostalgia, regret, and sadness. That makes the music very beautiful, but not so optimistic, I think. Putting this show together I found way more optimistic music than could fit in one program, so there'll definitely be a "part 2" in the future.

Jun. 02 2012 10:52 PM

I meant Nino Rota should surely be included among composers of "enthusiastic" film scores, not as an answer to the question.

Jun. 02 2012 10:05 PM
susan from Brooklyn

Surely Nino Rota.

Jun. 02 2012 09:52 PM
David Schwalbe

Whoops, forgot to mention the movie...."What's New Pussycat?"

Jun. 02 2012 09:45 PM
Paco Kulaga from Yonkers, NY

Is the composer in question Burt Bacharach?

I was an audio engineer for many years, and as an assistant in my early days, was present at a recording session
when he did a Brazilian march version of a tune entitled "Brigitte Bardot" (using the French pronunciation), and
was intrigued by his mastery of percussion instruments and unusual sound combinations, e.g. "What's New Pussycat". Whether or not this was written by Woody Allen, I have no idea, but this is my guess.

Love your show(s), miss the theme music for "Spinning on Air". Thanx for years of good stuff,


Jun. 02 2012 09:43 PM
David Schwalbe

Burt Bacharach

Jun. 02 2012 09:40 PM

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