La Folia and motion pictures?
Some warning about filmscores and the Folia may be justified, because I got several requests to trace obscure
film-music. Jim Stevenson cleared things up when he once wrote me in an e-mail (sorry Jim
I lost your e-mail address but i guess you would not mind that i am quoting you here):
As a 'La Folia' junkie lacking a perfect musical memory, I have fallen
prey to a duplicious Hollywood habit. During a preview of Luc Besson's
'The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc', I recognized the La Folia theme
in the music. I purchased the CD only to discover there was no La Folia.
It finally dawned on me after hearing the previews again on TV that I had
been listening to John Newton Howard's music for the movie Restoration.
Recently I heard Howard's La Folia again for a preview of another movie
(which slips my mind). I guess this is backhanded praise for the power of
the theme and the way Howard and/or his orchestrators portrayed it for
In the section of your website devoted to the use of 'La folia' in movie
music, you mention that one of your correspondents complained about movie
companies substituting music in their advertisements and 'coming attraction'
trailers. Just last week I heard a radio commercial promoting the
soundtrack of 'The Pianist', and the commercial featured the main title
music from 'Reformation' with its beautiful treatment of 'La folia'. The
actual soundtrack is just another Chopin compilation, which I certainly
don't need! This annoying practice has been around for awhile-- 'Carmina
Burana' and 'Red October' get recycled regularly in movie previews, too.
In 2006 Hiroaki Sai detected another use of John Newton Howard's music for the film Restoration in a Japanese trailer of the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha"
|The Addams Family (motion picture)||Vivaldi, Antonio||Koenig, Carole (conductor and arrangement)||1991|
|Assassin's Creed Unity (video game)||Corelli, Arcangelo||Unknown||2014|
|Barry Lyndon (motion picture)||Händel, George Frideric||Rosenman, Leonhard (conductor and arrangement)||1975|
|Conquest of Paradise (motion picture)||Papathanassiou, Evangelos Odyssey (Vangelis)||Vangelis and others||1992|
|Le cose che parlano||Corelli, Arcangelo||Jelescu, Radu (arrangement and violin) with soprano and fortepiano||2007|
|La Course en Tête||Corelli, Arcangelo (arrangement for recorder)||Munrow, David (dir.) and the Early Music Consort of London||unknown (1974 or prior)||
|Corelli, Arcangelo (arrangement Quadro Janas))||Quadro Janas||2010||
| From the top at Carnegie Hall.
Season2, episode 11
|Corelli, Arcangelo (arrangement Fritz Kreisler)||Hoopes, Chad (violin) and Riley, Christoper||2008||
|Jefferson in Paris (motion picture)||Corelli, Arcangelo||Kurosaki, Hiro (violin), Balsa, Emmanuel
(cello), Christie, William (harpsichord)
|Die Manns, Ein Jahrhundertroman (mini-series)||Vivaldi, Antonio||Unknown||2001|
|The Merchant of Venice (motion picture)||Pook, Jocelyn||Baroque String Quartet||2004|
|The Monk and the fish (cartoon)||Besset, Serge (based upon La Follia by Corelli)||Ensemble conducted by Serge Besset||1994|
|Restoration (motion picture)||Newton Howard, James||Orchestration: Weidman, Alexander,
Bennett, Nemitz, Newton Howard
|Le Roi danse (motion picture)||Lully, Jean-Baptiste||Musica Antiqua Köln/Goebel, Reinhard||2000|
|Stradivari Cremona (tv-production)||Tamponi, Franco||Accardo, Salvatore||1987|
|The Alamo (motion picture)||Tiomkin, Dimitri||Performers unknown||1960|
|Tous les Matins du monde (motion picture)||Marais, Marin||Savall, Jordi||1991|
|Venice, a Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present (documentary)||Vivaldi, Antonio||Danubius Ensemble||2004|
|Viaggio a Pompei (documentary)||Marais, Marin||Unknown performers||2002|
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