Friday, October 28, 2011
One of my favorites of his is the "La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid, Opus 30, No. 6", used in the Master and Commander soundtrack. It takes its inspiration from the evening scenes in the little towns in Spain, church bells ringing, laughter in the square, soldiers sounding the curfew from the garrison. Critics said, outside Spain the piece was useless, with the audience hardly able to comprehend its full significance.
Little did they know, how the music still stands up today, as one of his most charming and enduring of his works. Give it a listen sometime. The version from M&C is wonderful, and a delight when paired with the scene from the film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZVN5Y6dtOk&feature=related