Piano Concertos as High-Stakes Cinematic Drama

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Elijah Wood in the film 'Grand Piano' Elijah Wood in the film 'Grand Piano' (Screenshot)

In the 1980 film "The Competition" Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving play pianists competing for a prestigious prize—and each others' hearts. In the recent thriller "Grand Piano" Elijah Wood portrays a concert pianist who must give a perfect performance—or be killed. The inherently dramatic form of the piano concerto has added extra drama to many films.

David Garland presents piano concertos tailor-made for films such as "Suicide Squadron" (Richard Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto), "Hangover Square" (Bernard Herrmann's Concerto Macabre) and "Grand Piano" (Victor Reyes's Grand Piano Concerto). Plus: excerpts from Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, used so effectively in the movie "Brief Encounter," Brahms's First Concerto, heard in "The Competition," and more.

Watch or listen to the clips below and tell us about your favorite piano concerto film:

Grand Piano:

The Competition, with Amy Irving

Dangerous Moonlight

Scenes from the film - Warsaw Concerto

Comments [1]

Fred from United States

In the segment before, an overture by a Rossini work was played. Of possible interest, it was used in the movie Closer...Jude Law, Clive Owen, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts; dir. Mike Nichols...but the movie "credit" wasn't mentioned.

Jan. 24 2015 09:45 PM

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