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 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8uoY9e5YVY

I'm definitely going to seek this out. Never heard of it.

Anyone care to share their thoughts if you have seen.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Seen it many times...I have a couple of friends in that scene, and dotted around elsewhere in the movie as part of the bands involved...the "Grimley Colliery Band" is a very thinly veiled pastiche of "Grimethorpe Colliery", then - and now - one of the best in the world.

The film is not about bands though - it's about the Mine closures during the Thatcher era (please don't go there!!), using the band as a "hook". It has some great moments, some heartfelt perfomances, some heart-rending scenes, and - if you're into Brass-Banding as I am - some very, VERY good music (the performance - towards the end of the movie - of "Danny Boy" is just astonishing).

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 9:43 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Love the concert from Orange Juice. (Aranjuez)

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Ahhhh ... "Brassed Off." I've long had that movie on one of my VHS compilations of things done by Ewan McGregor, but was surprised to find that I've never removed the shrink wrap from my DVD of it. Looking at the above scene from the film, I was struck by the beauty of it done with a horn instead of the guitar, for which Rodrigo composed it. Someone noted there the following:

A scene from the movie "Brassed Off" For all lovers of brass. The Grimethopre Colliery band play Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. The flugal soloist is Paul Hughes.

Which makes me want to seek that out. As for the "musicians" in the movie, never do I feel that they are anything BUT actors going through the motions, pretending to play rather than actually playing. I played the trumpet as a young child and have always regretted that I gave it up before starting middle school, then called junior high.

To zooba, I liked this as a movie -- I don't think I would have bought the DVD if I hadn't -- but haven't watched it in years. The scene I just watched makes me want to take it out of its plastic wrap and watch it.

Follow-Up: I was able to buy that lovely track as "En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor" by the Grimethopre Colliery Band, and there's a lot more of their music in the soundtrack for the film. But Rodrigo's "Aranjuez" is by far the best of 'em! As someone who has always loved that melody, it's a delightful surprise and I had forgotten that scene when I watched the movie several years ago.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

As for the "musicians" in the movie, never do I feel that they are anything BUT actors going through the motions, pretending to play rather than actually playing.

To be fair, the miming isn't bad...at least they went to the trouble of learning much of the fingering.

The film did a lot of good for the Brass Band world in the UK.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

The ending is one of the most perfect combinations of music and plot, haunting, sad and beautiful.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 10:33 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

OT slightly, Grimethorpe have released many CDs, one of which was called "Movie Brass", which contains some great (and one or two not-so-great) arrangements of film music.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 10:33 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I just counted 19 tracks in the soundtrack, and the band has several recordings available to buy on CD and/or download. And I'm a huge fan of brass, with over a hundred tracks in each of my BRASS and TRUMPET playlists. And this recording of the "Aranjuez" music sounds WONDERFUL -- I couldn't stop playing it when I went for a walk! (And I explain elsewhere that I included it in my Trumpet playlist because it was close enough for me!)

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Good stuff, but you'll find no trumpets in "Brassed Off" wink

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 8:42 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Well, whether it's a cornet or one of the others, if it sounds sort of like a trumpet and I like it, I'll put it in that playlist. I don't worry anymore about protocol in such things. For THESE ears, it's close enough!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2013 - 1:05 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Will somebody PLEASE provide a youtube link searching on "Victoria Wood Brassed Up" - it'll put some perspective on this a treat!

TG

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2013 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   The Beach Bum   (Member)

No mention of Trevor Jones' score? I thought it was one of his better efforts of the 90s, with a lovely main theme.

Jones also gets several mentions in the film's end credits (owing to his score and as well as his supervision of the brass band recordings) prompting the additional mention "Person with most credits: Trevor Jones"!

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2013 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re: ...prompting the additional mention "Person with most credits: Trevor Jones"!

Is that true? Or are you just kidding?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2013 - 1:42 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

As I didn't want to buy the soundtrack I bought a cheap compilation (released by BMG in the late 1990s) called Classic Film Themes as it included the Orange Juice track - wonderful stuff.

As a knowledgeable friend advised me, many years ago, there was no way Mr. Tara Fitzgerald could have played that flugelhorn piece .. but, then, that's the magic of cinema.

I enjoyed the film, despite it making me feel uncomfortable, and would like to see it again. So many well-known British actors it felt like an amalgamation of a dozen or so TV programmes.

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2013 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Mitch:

Re: "I enjoyed the film, despite it making me feel uncomfortable, and would like to see it again."

I agree (that I'd like to see it again), and may finally take my DVD of it out of its plastic wrap and watch the movie for the first time in over 10 years. Of course McGregor looks pretty much as he has ALWAYS looked -- he was 25 when he did "Brassed Off" and is now 42, and sometimes seems AGELESS! But, as "Amour's" Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant can tell us, sometimes age catches up with us! Wait -- delete that "sometimes"!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2013 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Will somebody PLEASE provide a youtube link searching on "Victoria Wood Brassed Up" - it'll put some perspective on this a treat!

TG



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