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Hungarian Born composer Arthur Valentin Grosz is I must admit a new name to me, but looking at this composer’s credits he has been very active and busy scoring movies over the past few years. One of his recent assignments is for short film entitled MADELEINE, the score is a touching and highly emotive one which relies predominantly upon solo piano which at times is supported by strings and a subdued use of choir. The score is just 20 minutes in duration, but it is a soundtrack that has an immediate effect upon the listener. Its lilting and highly melodic tone poems are alluring and haunting, the composers gift for melody being obvious from the outset. Most of the cues include solo piano performances and although short (some under a minute) they do make a big impact upon the listener, the MAIN TITLE for example begins with piano, that is underlined by strings and faint choral performances which are replaced by a solo cello giving the piece a sorrowful and at the same time romantic sound. Track three FATHERS THEME is one of my personal favourites again it is a brief piece, but its eight-note motif performed on piano which repeats and is supported by subtle use of strings is affecting. The same can be said for each track, there is something beautiful and mesmerising within each of the selections that will have the listener returning to them as soon as they have finished playing. There is nothing that is over-ally dark or sinister within the score apart from a slightly apprehensive piece ESCAPE, which is track number 11, where the composer utilises strings to create an unsettling atmosphere, most of the cues being pleasant and highly attractive. It is I suppose the simplicity and fragility of the themes and nuances within the work that makes it so interesting and appealing. I would recommend that you sample this as it is a score that I know you will become fond of straight away.

TRACK LISTING.

1.
Main Theme
1:45
2.
Photograph
0:57
3.
Father’S Theme
0:51
4.
Peacock
1:08
5.
I Can Not Breathe
0:50
6.
The Doctor
1:16
7.
Tooth Brushing
0:35
8.
Finding The Peacock
0:54
9.
Alone
0:46
10.
Il Est Mort
2:07
11.
Escape
1:19
12.
Waiting For The Bus
1:18
13.
Over The Bridge
0:46
14.
Madeleine & Father
1:04
15.
In The Hospital
1:27
16.
Chasing
0:57
17.
End Title
2:37

Total Album Time:
20:37

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