Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Campion's Bright Star Glee Club

I saw Jane Campion's exquisite account of John Keats' love affair with Fanny Brawne earlier in the week. Bright Star is a film distinguished by its superior photography and costume & set design. It also has an admirable lack of music, given that the lyric focus is on literary delights, spoken text. However, the film opens with a part-sung arrangement of Mozart's Wind Serenade in B Flat. A totally a capella, Swingle-like version of the piece is heard - and seen - a second time as the men of Hampstead gather together to sing it in a drawing room, like some sort of Romantic glee club. It's the piece indelibly described by F Murray Abraham's Salieri at the beginning of Milos Forman's Amadeus, thus:

And this is how we hear it in Campion's film:

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