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Offline Josh Mitchell

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Monothematic and duothematic film scores
« on: July 22, 2010, 03:04:27 am »
Many of the great Italian composers were able to create wonderful, addictive scores based on just one or two themes.  These themes are presented in many different styles and arrangements throughout the composition, so that they never become boring.  This seems to me to be a talent almost exclusive to Italian composers.  In other words, composers from other countries have tried implementing this technique, but with much less success in my opinion. 

Of course, not all listeners are able to appreciate this approach or even recognize the (sometimes slight) variations on the themes as the score progresses.  I once played Morricone's L'Assoluto Naturale during a lunch party at my work, and about halfway through the CD, one woman said, "Haven't we heard this song like 10 times already?"  ???