Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Babe concert

The auditorium filled fast. Only two empty seats during the concert.
It's terrific the way our symphony orchestra
has developed such a following among families.
On Saturday afternoon the Darwin Symphony Orchestra enchanted us all with Babe.
The film played on the screen and the orchestra played.
I thought this would be pretty ordinary, but, it certainly wasn't.
It was fabulous, amazing, magical, and so forth.

The film runs with voices and other sounds, but no music. The orchestra plays, and plays, and plays, for more than an hour.

The Babe music uses huge chunks of Saint-Saens's Organ Symphony (Symphony No. 3). A piece called Pizzicato from Delibes's ballet Sylvia is used. Grieg's Springdans is another piece clever people might recognise. The Babe theme song is from a 1970's pop song by Fitzgerald and Keeley, which utilises a melody from Saint-Saens. The composer of the score for the film, Nigel Westlake, pulled together all these bits and added some more of his own. For this concert version, the music sounds the same to the audience but is just slightly different from the film.  A bit more emotion here and there because there are no digital effects; extra flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets, harp, tuba, and percussion.

This show has been performed before in Australia. I understand that the next time will be in New York, with a different orchestra of course.

If you ever have the chance to be in the audience for this, then go. Don't hesitate.
This was the poster. Have never seen that violinist at all.
If I had words, to make a day for you,
I'd give you a morning golden and true.
I would make this day last for all time.
Then fill the night deep in moonshine.

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