Sunday, October 16, 2011

Today's Musical Interlude...

The music from the movie The Monster Squad, composed by Bruce Broughton:

My favorite section starts around 8:30 and lasts until 9:10, the "vortex" scene in which Frankenstein's Monster departs. Broughton definitely had his Tchaikovsky groove going for that segment.

Where did classical music go during most of the 20th century? Who knows, or even cares. The composers were writing for each other or for academics, mostly, with a few exceptions such as Rachmaninoff. They certainly weren't writing for the listening audience. People that wanted to hear lush, sweet melodies that were common in the Romantic era and typified by Tchaikovsky or Grieg or Dvorak, had to watch Hollywood movies, because that is where that sort of music found its home during the 20th century while the classical composers engaged in circle-jerking.