COMPOSERS: Jean-Claude Petit
LABELS: Auvidis Travelling
WORKS: Le Hussard sur le Toit
CATALOGUE NO: K 1016 Q214
Most soundtracks are like amputated limbs – filleted from a film, leaving the human voices and ambient sound behind. Music which seemed moving and evocative in the cinema tends to wither and die when heard out of context; if it was composed in a collaborative spirit, that’s how it should be heard. At last someone has grasped the point.
Jean-Claude Petit’s score for Le hussard sur le Toit is sweetly romantic, a string of elegant musical trifles to match Rappeneau’s visual blow-out. I