Sunday, October 24, 2021

Wojciech Kilar - "Lucy's Party" from the film Bram Stoker's Dracula

The Queen of The World suggested today's classical music piece from one of her favorite films, the 1992 Francis Ford Coppola production Bram Stoker's Dracula.  She says that it's an excellent Date Night movie, which I can confirm.  Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder are adequate, but Gary Oldman is spectacular as Dracula and Anthony Hopkins is, well, Anthony Hopkins.  The theatricality is a bit over the top in a "300" sense, but it works.

And TQoTW is right that this is a very romantic film.  It's just the ticket for a drizzly October evening coming up on Halloween.

The musical score - I should more properly say the award winning musical score - is perfect.  It doesn't overwhelm the scenes, but very effectively sets the emotional base.  This song is a great example of how the music starts out happy (the scene is a party early in the film) but goes very interestingly and creepily off as it progresses.

Wojciech Kilar was a very successful classical composer in post-war Poland.  He is perhaps their most famous film score composer, and was recognized as such in the West.  Coppola produced this film only a couple years after the Berlin Wall came down, and made a bee line for Kilar to write the score.  It won the 1992 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Producer's) award.

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