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Le Voyage Dans La Lune

> Le voyage dans la lune - Scene 1: Entry of the Academy
> Le voyage dans la lune - Scene 2: Building the Rocket
> Le voyage dans la lune - Scenes 3-4: The Skyline of Paris and Loading the Rocket
> Le voyage dans la lune - Scenes 5-6: Launching the Rocket and Le Voyage Dans La Lune
> Le voyage dans la lune - Scene 7: Landing on the Moon and Goodnight Moon
> Le voyage dans la lune - Scene 8: Exploring the Moon and The Battle Begins!
> Le voyage dans la lune - Scenes 10-13: Capture, Escape, Chase, Away from the Moon and Safe Harbour
> Le voyage dans la lune - Final Credits Music
> Le Voyage dans la lune - View of the Moon (partial)
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Astronomers March
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Workers Blues
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Smoke Stacks
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Launcher Rock
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Wave the Flag - View from the Moon
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Eyes of the Universe
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Moon Trippin' and Back
> Le Voyage dans la lune - View of the Moon (full)
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Space Wizards
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Laborious Glorious
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Wizard's Waltz
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Heroes Chorale
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Voyage to the Moon
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Mushroom and Stars
> Le Voyage dans la lune - Assault and Escape
> Le Voyage Dans La Lune Suite - Le Voyage Dans La Lune Suite

Album Summary

>Winstin, Robert Ian : Le Voyage dans la Lune, for orchestra
>Hurwitz, Louie : Le Voyage dans la Lune, film score
>Guymon, James : Le Voyage dans la Lune, film score
>Myers, Donald E. : Le Voyage dans la Lune, suite from the film score
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Le Voyage Dans La Lune" was supposed to be Georges Melies' entry into the USA's exploding film market. Instead, a semi-final print was stolen and shown throughout the USA prior to Melies' arrival and was a huge sensation. Of course, when Melies arrived with his film, everyone had already seen it, and he went bankrupt. This is the movie that started it all: the first SciFi flick and the first movie to use "special effects". Melies' 1904 classic is presented here with four exciting and original new film scores: each new film score on a separate version of the film plus an audio CD of all the scores!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: New Colony Theater.



Reviews

New scores for Le Voyage dans la lune
This project is so very clever. It's amazing to be able to watch a high quality print of the 1904 Georges Melies classic film “Le Voyage dans la lune” with a choice of four musical scores by five composers. Most of us have seen clips of this film many times – especially the scene where the rocket lands in eye of the Man in the Moon. Now we have a chance to watch this pioneering Science Fiction classic in its 12-minute entirety, with the freshness that the new scores bring to the experience. ERM media has provided both a DVD with the four versions of the film, and a CD with the complete scores. As to the various soundtracks, it's really hard to choose a favourite. Robert Ian Winstin's version for prepared piano and percussion is impressive. (It was Winstin who put the project together.) I like the intimate and immediate sounds Winston provides to accent the action in the film, but also the dramatic sweep he introduces for various scenes: especially the two minutes of music for the Final Credits. Louie Hurwitz & Marie Spinosa provide a clever, post-modern twist on the story, with fun, spaced-out Hammond organ licks and the odd vocal contribution. This is likely to be the score I would most often listen to as a stand-alone work. James Guymon's full orchestral score (complete with wordless choir) adds a layer of awe to what is basically a comic film, though he also underlines the odd bit of slapstick in the film. Listen especially to the beautiful "Mushrooms and Stars" cue (track 23). Don Myers provides a suite for accordion and various instruments that is full of unexpected sounds. Perhaps that's what I liked most about this package: at every turn I was surprised, while I watched the film four times over, and then while I listened to the music at my leisure afterwards.
Submitted on 12/09/09 by Dean Frey 
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Works Details

>Winstin, Robert Ian : Le Voyage dans la Lune, for orchestra
  • Performer: Robert Winstin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.

>Hurwitz, Louie : Le Voyage dans la Lune, film score
  • Performers: Gary Burke (Drums); Louie Hurwitz (Voice); Louie Hurwitz (Piano); Louie Hurwitz (Accordion); Louie Hurwitz (Synthesizer); Josh Colow (Guitar); Marie Spinosa (Voice); Marie Spinosa (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Robert Winstin
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Marie Spinosa.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Form: Film Score

>Guymon, James : Le Voyage dans la Lune, film score
  • Conductor: Robert Winstin
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Form: Film Score

>Myers, Donald E. : Le Voyage dans la Lune, suite from the film score
  • Performer: Louie Hurwitz (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Robert Winstin
  • Running Time: 12 min. 8 sec.