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The Warsaw Concerto is a short work for piano and orchestra by Richard Addinsellwritten for the British film Dangerous Moonlightwhich is about the Polish struggle against the invasion by Nazi Germany.
In performance it normally lasts just under ten minutes. The concerto is an example of programme musicrepresenting both the struggle for Warsaw and the romance of the leading characters in the film. The concerto is written in imitation of the style of Sergei Rachmaninoff. It initiated a trend for similar short piano concertos Subject 13 - Can You Feel Da Vibez / Blacksteele the Romantic style, which have been dubbed "tabloid concertos".
The composer, Richard Addinsellwas born in London and initially studied law before turning to a career in music. His time at the Royal College of Music was brief, as he was soon drawn to musical theatre, and he also wrote for radio, but his most memorable contributions are to a series of film scores beginning in He wrote the music for the film Goodbye, Mr. Chipsthe original Gaslight released innot to be confused with the later Hollywood versionScroogeand Dangerous Moonlightalso released in the US as Suicide Squadron.
John Huntley explores the reason behind this concept:. The associations which individual members The Dream Of Olwen - George Greeley - Piano Rhapsodies Of Love the audience may have in relation to a certain piece of well-known music are quite beyond the control of the director of a film in which The Dream Of Olwen - George Greeley - Piano Rhapsodies Of Love is used….
And so with Dangerous Moonlight it was rightly decided to have a piece of music specially written, that could be used to become associated in the mind of the audience with Poland, air raids in Warsaw, and whatever the director wanted to suggest. The concerto was not part of the original plan. According to Roy Douglasat that time orchestrator for all of Addinsell's scores: "The film's director had originally wanted to use Sergei Rachmaninoff 's Second Piano Concertobut this idea was either forbidden Da Da In Berlin - Various - Führer Ex (Soundtrack) the copyright owners or was far too expensive".
The opening of the work is heard when the two protagonists meet, and it is further developed when they are on their honeymoon. Finally, in the only extended concert sequence, we are given the closing section. But its use is not restricted to scenes with the "composer" at the piano. The themes are found as underscoring throughout the film, and in this way a brief concert piece gains a dramatic resonance that belies its small scale. Dangerous Moonlight takes place at the start of World War II and tells the story of a Polish concert pianist and composer, Stefan Radecki Anton Walbrook who defends his country by becoming a fighter pilot.
After an air raid in Warsaw The Dream Of Olwen - George Greeley - Piano Rhapsodies Of Love the German army, The Dream Of Olwen - George Greeley - Piano Rhapsodies Of Love is discovered by an American reporter, Carol Peters Sally Graypractising the piano in a bombed-out building.
It is the opening of his Warsaw Concertoat this point a work in progress, and the first line he says to her is, "It is not safe to be out alone when the moon is so bright" referring to the moonlight bombing raids.
Gazing intently at Carol and disclosing "something lovely you've just given me", he introduces the lyrical second theme of the Concerto. And, indeed, this melody is always associated with Carol. Stefan speaks of the piece later in the film: "This music is you and me. It's the story of the two of us in Warsaw, of us in America, of us in … where else I don't know. That's why I can't finish it".
But finish it he does. Similar to the way that Rachmaninoff returns to his second theme in his Second Piano Concerto, the "Carol" melody is used, not only to bind together the emotional strands of the drama, but to bring the Concerto to a triumphant conclusion. Within the context of its story, Dangerous Moonlight is also effective in creating the impression of a larger work written and performed by the film's fictional composer and pianist.
When snatches of the Concerto are first played, one character tells another, "I've got the records", and when the "premiere" is shown, we are provided with a close-up of the program, Warsaw ConcertoRhyme Poets - Its Our Turn three movements listed.
Only Bio-Mechanical Cult Choir - Various - XXX 69 movement was actually written by Addinsell. The off-screen piano part was played by Louis Kentnera fine British musician known for his performances of Franz Lisztbut he had insisted that there be no on-screen credit, for fear that his participation in a popular entertainment would harm his classical reputation.
In his appearance on Desert Island DiscsGuy Gibsonleader of the Dambusters raid, asked for it as his first choice. One commentator has suggested that the Warsaw Concerto is the most significant instrumental work written in Britain during the war, still conjuring up a time and place better than any other piece. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Huntley defines the term as a "piece of context film music which was duly recorded and edited into the finished film".