Cosma is as versatile as any film composer and often uses elements of jazz, pop and folk music in his scores. One score featured solos by trumpet, harmonica and cimbalom. Despite his reputation in Europe, he is little-known in America because most of the films he has scored are for the French market. The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe and Diva were big international hits and the two films here were relatively big in the foreign film circuit in the early 90's.
The later two were made as movies for French television. Pagnol, himself a film director from the thirties to the early fifties, was also an important novelist who wrote Fanny, Cesar, The Baker's Wife, Manon of the spring and Jean de Florette. The two films here set around , tell the story of Marcel's childhood around age 11 and 12 , and look back at his family's times staying in a house in the high, rocky Provencal countryside above Marseilles during his teacher father's summer break and for holidays.
Marcel falls in love with the area and the story is told with sweetness, humor and nostalgia. For the films Cosma crafted an especially beautiful, traditional score, mostly for large orchestra and piano.
A sweeping and gentle Habanera perfectly distilling the feeling of the French Mediterranean. The dance passed through France and Spain on its way to Cuba before coming back. The Habanera is usually a gentle piece as it is here, despite the most famous example, Bizet's, being very dramatic; it introduces Carmen, of course and could not be gentle. The sunlit theme occurs in several variations and appears in both films as a unifying element, capturing the sweep of the hot French countryside.
Even the cicadas make an appearance. Other themes include a delightfully playful theme on piano that represents the young Marcel, zigging and zagging into one unexpected chord after another. A "Masalla Rag" represents the popularity of Ragtime music that was widespread at the time the film takes place. Most unusual is the music for "The Desert", dark and almost all drums. The film ends with the Habanera theme in a most unusual arrangement.
The arrangement is an exact duplicate of that of Prokofiev in the first movement of the Lieutenant Kije Suite. This is a precise duplicate even in its development, so it's not just influenced but deliberate, and it occurs again in My Mother's Castle as "Souvenirs des collines" Souvenirs of the hilltop. Unfortunately i have not seen these films again since they came out so I don't know why he did this, but it's an interesting surprise.
Baladin 1. Baladin 2. Baladin 3. Banjo Promenade 1. Banjo Promenade 2. Banjo Promenade 3. Blue Jean Soleil 1.
Blue Jean Soleil 2. Western House 1. Western House 2. Western House 3. Petits Pas Cadences 1. Petits Pas Cadences 2. Valse Du Baron 1. Valse Du Baron 2. Un Lutin Flaneur 1. Un Lutin Flaneur 2. Un Lutin Flaneur 3. Un Lutin Flaneur 4. Un Lutin Flaneur 5. Un Lutin Flaneur 6. Alambic 1. In , during World War II , he went to London where he first worked for two years in a war factory and was then assigned to the artists branch of the British Army.
He gave numerous concerts for the Allied soldiers and in war factories. After the war he made his successful debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently played with the BBC and all other principal orchestras of Great Britain. In , as suggested by his teacher Alice Pashkus ,  he participated in the Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris, where he took fifth place.
During the preliminary stages of the competition, a rumor circulated that he had stolen a Stradivarius violin during the war, which caused a scandal on the day of the final. Six years after the fall of Hitler, being a Jew in France was still causing debate. In the s,  he moved to the United States where he met Jascha Heifetz.
In , he was the first Israeli violinist to play in the Soviet Union. He gave a series of concerts under the cultural exchange program of the Soviet Union and Israel, starting in Vilnius 23 October His other concerts were given in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev and Odessa. In , Gitlis founded the Festival de Vence, famous for its innovative programming.
He has often visited Japan where he is very popular. Ivry Gitlis is a commentator along with Itzhak Perlman all the way through the DVD The Art of Violin , which showcases violin performances and gives biographical details of many of the great violinists of the twentieth century. In , he became patron of the Paris-based association "Inspiration s ", whose aim is to make classical music accessible to all. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.Sacha Baron Cohen, Actor: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his Born: Oct 13,