What do the films “Genevieve”, “The Third Man” and “The Conversation” have in common? Any boy? House-point available.
Well of course, this piece’s title contains a whopping clue. Yes, they all possess a score featuring a single instrument, played by the composer.
In order: Larry Adler on Harmonica, Anton Karas on Zither and David Shire on Piano.
But the thing is, NONE of the above films were low-budget quickies. They were all major movies – and Larry and David weren’t cheap, either.
Anton was “discovered” by the film’s producers (or Orson, depending on whose story you believe) playing in the Cafe Mozart. Mind you, following the music’s success, he went on to BUY the Cafe Mozart – but he still carried on playing there.
Be that as it may, my point is that a single-instrument score CAN, in the right hands, be more effective than John Barry conducting a one hundred piece orchestra at Abbey Road.
In fact, I plan on doing another Video-Diary soon. Now where did I put my Kazoo…