Friday, February 11, 2011

The Friday Phonograph

You've Got a Valentine From Georges Delerue

by Anne French

I've decided it's easier to choose a card, a box of chocolates, a dozen roses, or the myriad of traditional things one does on February 14th than it is to choose one piece of music for the occasion. Cupid apparently does not shoot arrows aimed at musical scores. But I knew I could rely on the genius of Georges Delerue to capture the spirit of the day. And I knew there must be a French film providing a perfect vehicle for Delerue's genius. So I kept looking, and voilà! I found this poignant and haunting theme written by Delerue forPhilippe de Broca's 1972 film, Chère Louise, starring Jeanne Moreau. I confess I never saw the film, but if this theme isn't romantic, I don't know what is. So listen now, and I'm sure the sentimental value will be strong as ever on Monday. Happy Valentine's Day!

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