Corigliano and the “Red Violin” movie soundtrack
Corigliano grew up with stage fright, even when he wasn’t the one taking the stage. His father, violinist John Corigliano Sr., spent 26 years as the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. Corigliano remembers he didn’t dare sit the the hall when his father played a solo with the Philharmonic. Instead, he listened while hunched over a speaker backstage in the green room.
“I was too nervous that he might make mistakes,” Corigliano recalls. “And when the difficult spots were coming I would hunch further.”
Corigliano’s mother, Rose Buzen, was an accomplished pianist herself. His parents were convinced he would never make it as a composer, so they did all they could to stop him. When he wrote violin sonata for his father in 1963, John Sr. refused to play it — until it won the Chamber Music Prize at the Italy’s Festival of Two Worlds in 1964. “Then it got picked up and played by the concertmaster of the London Symphony, and then Roman Totenberg played it in Boston, and then my father had to take it out of the closet where he put it,” Corigliano says. “And he loved it. He played it for the rest of his life.”
Corigliano’s anxiety didn’t go away as he got older. “For many years, for like 20 years of my own composing life, I wouldn’t be in the hall for the concert. I would be backstage or outside the hall. I just couldn’t stand listening to my own piece,” he admits.
Still, Corigliano’s music has the power to move people. Justin Davidson, classical music critic for New York magazine, says Corigliano’s best work is immediate and “urgent.”
“People response to it with a kind of physicality,” Davidson says. “It’s got a visceral ability to connect.”
Filmmaker Ken Russell felt that connection. After hearing Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto, he invited the composer to step out of the concert hall and into a Hollywood studio to write the score for the sci-fi horror film Altered States. “He wanted me to be wild,” Corigliano says. “So I experimented with a lot of things. … I had this incredibly good orchestra. These orchestras are some of the best in the world and I was able to do anything.”
The Red Violin is a 1998 film featuring the adventures of a violin. Violin created in Cremona, Italy, is opened in Vienna, America, China and Montreal, Canada. The film is highly appreciated, but at the same time is highly appreciated by his music created by composer John Coriogliano (1938).
This wonderful music written by composer John Corigliano was executed in solo violin by violinist Joshua Bell and directed by Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Gender is mostly of the Chaconne genre. Bell said he was eager to join the film team, citing his enthusiasm for Corigliano’s work and the use of this form of music. Corigliano, seeking a romantic musical performance, also referred to Bell as the ideal choice for a musician, calling it “aristocrats of violinists.” Girard expressed in interviews that Bell and Corigliano were involved since the beginning of the film, and had reviewed each version of the script until the end of it.
Only after the end of the film, Corigliano completed “Ann’s theme”.
Follow a passage of this wonderful music which is the winner of various international awards.