The comments on the first page all relate to TV adverts - I'm happy to say that as I don't have a TV that sort of association has passed me by . The main association I have between film & music is the Adagietto from Mahler's 5th, used in 'Death in Venice'. I don't think that that use diminished the music, even though in the symphony it is, apparently, a love letter to Alma, rather than denoting melancholy or tragedy. (Its use in the film also introduced me to Mahler, for which I will always be grateful - not sure if my partner would be, though ).
When I hear the opening bars of Salzedo's Divertimento for brass instruments I can't help but see in my mind the rotating shield of the Open University. Not so irreverent perhaps.
Much more so is the unfortunate similarity, to me, of the beautiful theme from the first movement of Dvorak's 'cello concerto with a very silly song recorded by Tommy Cooper called "Don't Jump Off The Roof Dad."
Perhaps the most unlikely association is between Charpentier's Te Deum & the Eurovision Song Contest (which some might describe as an evening of tedium :groan
Most drole. Most drole!! The Te Deum by Charpentier has always had a special place in my heart. It brings back memories of my Dublin childhood and yes, because of the Eurovision connection, the Te Deum being the calling of the European Broadcasting Union.
To be very boring, Dana winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1970 (was it?) with the syrupy All Kinds of Everything was an event of seismic proportions. For Ireland then was still a nascent nation. Yes, some forty years after its birth, it suddenly hopped up on to the European stage and begged that it be taken notice of.
And it all began with the glorious flourish .. ta da da da daa da daa daah, ta dad deh da dah da da de dum.
Does anyone,on hearing Zadok the Priest,not think Champions League or cruise ships?
"Music is the best means we have of digesting time".
W. H. Auden
http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-rad...lbert-reaction - especially the comment on Montenegro's entry: "Rambo Amadeus has a video for his entry whichthat [sic] defies all rational belief, culminating in a scene in which he surprises two topless women with a donkey." I'm afraid that made me laugh out loud on the bus today
Reading that again it could mean that the two women were with a donkey; I took it to mean that Mr Amadeus used a donkey to surprise them.
I wonder what the donkey thought about it?
Its a terrible affront to a great composer and one of his greatest works, but every time I hear the opening of Elgar's Cello Concerto - as I do at this moment (respite from Schubert) - I hear the cellist pour out (so to speak) 'When the train is in the station, please refrain from u*******n ...' with all the passion that can be engendered by a very overfull bladder.
Sorry, couldnt resist.