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Frederik Magle
Jan-13-2003, 12:33
Because of my special interest in the instrument I tend to notice the sound of pipe organ whenever I hear it, and it seems to be used quite frequently in movie scores. So I set out to find out just how much, and where. Movie soundtracks are especially interesting because they reach a very wide and - in the case of pipe organs - much larger audience than possible in a concert hall/church or through CDs with classical organ music. Here is a list I have compiled. Of course it's far from complete, so please help the list grow. Thanks in advance!

LIST OF FILM SCORES/SOUNDTRACKS WITH PIPE ORGAN

(E) = electronic replica of a pipe organ (e.g. synthesizer with "pipe organ" sound, digital "church" organ etc.)
(e?) = real pipe organ or digital copy? cannot be determined 100% based on recorded material (but sounds real to the trained ear)
(?) = real pipe organ or digital copy? status unknown - I haven't heard the soundtrack myself.
* = the organ playes an important part throughout the score
*** = the organ playes an extraordinary important solistic part throughout the score

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Main theme: Introduction from "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (Richard Strauss) - pipe organ and orchestra

Batman (1989)
throughout the score (Danny Elfman): pipe organ (E) and orchestra

Batman Returns (1992)
throughout the score (Danny Elfman): pipe organ (E) and orchestra

Beauty & The Beast - The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
throughout the score [starring "Forte, the evil pipe organ"] (Michael Starobin): solo pipe organ (?)

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
"Hail the Bomb" (Leonard Rosenman): pipe organ and choir

Cowboy Bebop - TV Series Soundtrack (1998)
"Rain" (Yôko Kanno): pipe organ (?) and vocal
more info: http://www.ex.org/3.4/35-cd_cowboybebop.html

Devil's Advocate (1997)
church scene - Air on the g string (J.S.Bach): solo pipe organ (performed by Virgil Fox)

Dracula 2000 (2000)
troughout the score (Marco Beltrami): pipe organ (?) and orchestra

Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
El Choclo (Hummie Mann): solo pipe organ (?)

El Cid (1962)
Final Battle Scene (Miklos Rosza): solo pipe organ / pipe organ and orchestra

Fall of the Roman Empire, The (1964)
*throughout the score (Dimitri Tiomkin): solo pipe organ / pipe organ and orchestra

Godfather, The (1972)
Baptism scene (Nino Rota): solo pipe organ

House on the Haunted Hill (1999)
throughout the score (Don Davis): solo pipe organ (E [pipe organ sample]) / pipe organ (E) and orchestra
more info: http://www.soundtrackmag.com/ddavis.html

Interview with the Vampire (1994)
"Théatre des Vampires" (Elliot Goldenthal): solo pipe organ (e?) / pipe organ and orchestra

King Kong (1976)
throughout the score (John Barry): pipe organ (e?) and orchestra

Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
***throughout the score (Philip Glass): solo pipe organ / vocals, pipe organ and orchestra

Little Mermaid, The (1997)
Song: Poor Unfortunate Souls (Alan Menken) - vocal, pipe organ (E) and orchestra

Mission To Mars (2000)
Towards The Unknown (Ennio Morricone) - pipe organ (E) and orchestra

Omega Man, The (1971)
Unknown (Ron Grainer): pipe organ (?) and orchestra

Patton (1970)
*throughout the score (Jerry Goldsmith): pipe organ solo / pipe organ and orchestra

Regeneration (1997)
Unknown (Mychael Danna): solo pipe organ (performed by Mychael Danna in Bratislava Radio Hall)

Sister Mary explains it all (2001)
"Praise my soul" (Philippe Sarde): pipe organ (?), choir and orchestra

Sleepy Hollow (1999)
throughout the score (Danny Elfman): pipe organ (?), choir and orchestra

Sphere (1998)
Manifest^3 (Elliot Goldenthal): pipe organ (e?) and orchestra

Tron (1982)
*Endning Titles + throughout the score (Wendy Carlos): solo pipe organ / organ and orchestra (performed by Martin Neery on the organ in Royal Albert Hall, London)

Vertigo (1958)
Meeting in the Redwood forest (Bernard Herrmann): pipe organ and orchestra

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(Please post additions to this list)

Pamadu
Dec-09-2003, 04:58
Frederik.....After Christmas, in The New Year...I will add to Your List....Have Found a Lot More Examples....Should "Boost" up the List......Many New examples I have Found are from the 40's & 50's...Probably,because of The "Wurlitzer" Tradition in Theatres...BUT...Many of Todays Films,with The "Speilberg" Influence have "Snippets" of Pipe Organ....
Cheers. Pamadu/Paul

Frederik Magle
Dec-11-2003, 13:41
That's great Paul! Looking forward to your additions. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif

pb05
Jul-20-2006, 23:44
Because of my special interest in the instrument I tend to notice the sound of pipe organ whenever I hear it, and it seems to be used quite frequently in movie scores. I cannot really contribute to the list, but there is a very remarkable old horror film that is related to the organ more than perhaps any other. It is the "Carnival of souls" (1962), in public domain now. So you can download it (http://www.archive.org/details/CarnivalofSouls). Warning for Mac users: avoid using Safari to visit that page; for some reason it crashes badly.

I have read that the film was made on a really minimal budget ($15,000 or so) and very quickly (less than one month). For example, the organist's playing is completely off synchronization with the music. Anyway, the horror level attained, and without explicit violence from what I remember, is beyond imagination for such a cheaply produced movie. Highly recommended for organ friends. But don't blame me if after having watch it you are scared to look again at the mirror or play the organ. :grin:

Krummhorn
Sep-07-2006, 00:35
The Runner Stumbles (1979)
Periodically throughout the film (E) Organ (Allen)
Ernest Gold wrote the music score. I was the Allen Technician who set up the Allen Digital (3 manual) organ on the sound stage;)

giovannimusica
Sep-07-2006, 21:47
Hi Mr. Magle,

You should also have mentioned *20,000 Leagues under the Sea* by Jules Verne in a film made by Disney. The Submarine captain in the film plays Bach's Toccata in D-minor.

Cheers,

Giovanni :tiphat: :tiphat: :tiphat: :tiphat:

Soubasse
Mar-19-2007, 06:19
I can't for the life of me remember the name of the film but I remember Ennio Morricone did the score and I think Gregory Peck was starring in it. The score had a noticeable use of pipe organ. Peck was a Vatican priest I think. Ring any bells with anyone?

Wendy Carlos used organ in the closing credits to Tron and I also think it was a real one (the organ that is).

I know this is steering away from films, but there were a few Dr. Who episodes (Tom Baker era) with organ used in the incidental music:
"The Ribos Operation"
"Pyramids Of Mars" (treated with effects)
"The Invasion Of Time"

There may well have been others but I remember these because I grew up with them and was learning organ at the time.

AeroScore
Apr-07-2007, 08:31
The organ used in "TRON" was the Father Willis instrument in the Royal Albert Hall, London, no less!

You would be surprised at the number of movies made from the 50's through the late 70's, whose composers made use of studio theatre pipe organs to augment the orchestras of the time. 20th Century Fox (3/17 Wurlitzer), Universal (3/13 or so Robert-Morton); you name it, they all used 'em. They were used to augment the orchestra's string and bass sections, and to provide that "classical" sound when the score called for it. I have personal knowledge of this: one of my best friends for 20 years was a studio organist named Johnny Seng (who passed away at the age of 63 just a couple of years ago), who did such work for many composers back then, among them John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, and Hans Zimmer. Of course, synths are used now, to better effect, at least in the recording engineer's minds. Much easier to control balances in the digital domain.:crazy:

During a late night, rather inebriated conversation, he played for me a video of "The Fury," starring Kirk Douglas, and pointed out to me all the places in the score where the 20th Century Fox scoring stage Wurlitzer (on which he performed for this score) "filled out" the orchestra, in particular one sequence where the organ's 16' metal Diaphone and 16' Pedal Violone doubled under the 'celli. It was quite a revalation.

He even related a story about the first day of the recording session: Recording the first "cue" on the schedule, Mr. Williams stopped the performance after less than a few bars, wondering why he wasn't hearing the organ. My friend Johnny was playing the notes, but nobody had turned the blower on! Take Two, and the organ was quite apparently horridly out-of-tune, so much so, that John Williams called a halt to the session for that day! Technicians were called, who worked through the afternoon and into the night night to tune and regulate the organ (it hadn't been used in a while, + keep in mind, this was 1978), and recording proceeded the next day. "The Fury" score was recorded in 3 days.

If you happen to own one of the rather rare OST's from this movie, you won't hear Johnny, the Wurlitzer, or indeed the scoring orchestra; the music for the album was recorded more than a year later by the London Symphony Orchestra for release by 20th Century Fox Records, and bears little resemblace to the score as heard in the movie. Same notes, different orchestra, and re-orchestrated for a larger orchestra, sans organ.

Another episode occured in the late 80's, when Johnny performed (again on the 20th Wurlitzer) for Hans Zimmer, at the behest of Elmer Bernstein, as solo for a huge part of the movie "Younger And Younger" (about the owner of a "mini-storage" facility, who has a Wuritzer installed in one of the units) starring Donald Sutherland and Brendan Frasier (who has one of my all time favorite movie lines: "You killed my mother with your Wurlitzer!").

It just goes to show ya, you never know where theatre pipe organs (or pipe organs in general), will show up in movies.

Dean

Soubasse
Apr-11-2007, 05:16
That's a great story. Thanks for sharing!:)

Pipequeen
Apr-23-2007, 21:33
One of those Pink Panther movies (I forgot which) features Inspector Dreyfuss Playing the pipe organ. Afterwards, it is revieled that he isn't actually playing it.

Soubasse
Apr-24-2007, 06:44
I seem to vaguely recall a scene in The Eagle Has Landed where one of the soldiers was seen and heard playing an organ in a church (it wasn't Michael Caine though!)

btw, did some searches on IMDb and that film I mentioned before with Gregory Peck was The Scarlet And The Black. Ennio Morricone did the score for it and I remember it had some notable organ parts.

Also, have just remembered a piece that I've included in my recitals from time to time, by Shostakovich. It's a short but very nice passacaglia called 'Ispovyed' (that's phonetic by the way as I don't know how to conveniently insert the Cyrillic characters) which means 'Confession'. Although I've not seen the film, this piece apparently features in a church scene in The Gadfly. There is an orchestrated version of it on a CD pressing of some of Shotakovich's film music but I've not come across any recordings of the original organ version (apart from the recording of my recital!:) )

Matt

Royboy
Apr-27-2007, 07:58
One of those Pink Panther movies (I forgot which) features Inspector Dreyfuss Playing the pipe organ. Afterwards, it is revieled that he isn't actually playing it.

LOL... you beat me to it! Yes, it was in "The Pink Panther Strikes Again." When I first saw the movie, I recognized the piece he was playing at one point in the movie, so it really caught my attention. It was the ending to Bach's Fantasia and Fugue in G-minor, with the (rarely heard?) major chord ending!

Heck, here you go... take a quick listen to it if you like – track #17:

http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Panther-Strikes-Again-Soundtrack/dp/B00000DCWG

And a bit of trivia, Herbert Lom (Inspector Dreyfuss) has portrayed four characters who played the organ: the Phantom of the Opera, René Marot (Murders in the Rue), Charles Dreyfus (The Pink Panther Strikes Again), and Captain Nemo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Nemo) (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea).

Royboy
Apr-27-2007, 08:04
I was the Allen Technician who set up the Allen Digital (3 manual) organ on the sound stage;)

Three of our local church organs are Allens that we purchased through Westfield Piano and Organ in Grand Rapids. I've got nothing but great things to say about their organs, the company, the dealership, and the technician that's helped us out when needed over the years!

Krummhorn
Apr-27-2007, 18:31
Three of our local church organs are Allens that we purchased through Westfield Piano and Organ in Grand Rapids. I've got nothing but great things to say about their organs, the company, the dealership, and the technician that's helped us out when needed over the years!

That's really great to hear. My association with Allen's began in the 60's, installing, maintenance, and later in the early 70's, Institutional Sales for a [now defunct] dealer in So California. Grand Rapids ... 2 fair-sized Austin/Allen hybrids there :cheers:

Royboy
Apr-27-2007, 19:08
Grand Rapids ... 2 fair-sized Austin/Allen hybrids there :cheers:
I assume you're talking about LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church:

http://www.grago.org/organs/doc/lagrave_crc.htm

And Fountain Street Church:

http://www.grago.org/organs/doc/fountain_street.htm

In fact, I heard Carlo play an inaugural concert (one of three, featuring different organists) at Fountain Street Church in 2003. Fantastic!!!

And I also heard Carlo play at LaGrave in 1996 & 1997. Fantastic!!!

First time I ever heard him, was way back in 1979 at Interlochen. LOL... he walked on the stage dressed in Interlochen camper attire (for SOME reason) and everyone just thought he was a stagehand or something! Can't believe it's been four years now already since I've heard him. (He had lost a LOT of weight too at that time and looked as good as ever!)

Krummhorn
Apr-27-2007, 22:07
Hi Royboy,
Yes, those are the two ... you then would also know of Beverly Howerton from his time at Fountain Street? I have a LP recording of the Fountain Street Choir performing at St. Francis de Sales in Muskegon, and at St. Francis Xavier in Grand Rapids ... both have Howerton as director and Don Westfield, organist.

St. Francis de Sales reportedly had 7.5 seconds of natural reverberation - wonder if that Allen still exists there today.

NEB
May-05-2007, 21:33
Not exactly the movies, but check out this week's Doctor Who (from the BBC) They've filmed part of it in Wells Cathedral and the Doctor gets to play the organ there (well sort of).

It's 'supposedly' Southwark Cathedral, but they've used the inside of Wells according to the extra program of BBC3...

Soubasse
May-06-2007, 03:40
What??? Is that the latest season which still hasn't been aired in Australia yet? Dr. Who and the organ? - sounds like my life is nearly complete!:grin:

NEB
May-06-2007, 11:02
Dr. Who and the organ? - sounds like my life is nearly complete!:grin:

That's more or less what I was thinking. :D

Yep - here in blighty we're about 4 or 5 episodes into the latest series with the new assistant/companion, Martha Jones. She's working out pretty well too.

Soubasse
Aug-10-2007, 02:06
The above episode aired just this last weekend - brilliant! A reasonably sound (sorry) theory too because, have I not heard or read somewhere that there are a few buildings in the UK where certains notes from the organ make the bells in the bell tower start to resonate? Someone may like to verify that, but I know I heard about something along those lines many, many years ago.

NEB
Aug-10-2007, 12:45
Well yes - we know that using the harmonic series we can set up different types of sound through blending, and I've many a time experienced the ground shaking effect of 32'/64' stops under huge chords. Put the sonic vibrations effect together with the sheer seizmic effect the big stops have and............ :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:


You had the 'Family' yet?

Soubasse
Aug-15-2007, 06:11
Nope - 42 was last Saturday so it's a couple of eps away according to the online guides ... yes, I've been reading all the spoliers, I just can't wait. It's getting too intense waiting and I'm hugely intrigued by the direction this series is heading.

Back on topic - many moons ago, there was a little known film produced in South Australia starring a young(er) Sam Neill titled "Robbery Under Arms" There was apparently a wedding scene in which my father's harmonium playing could be heard! Still haven't procured a copy of that one yet and I think it's out of print now. There were two different releases though.

methodistgirl
Aug-22-2007, 18:52
I noticed in a lot of horror movies where Taccata & Fugue is in some of
them which I don't like that idea. Back when Bach was composing this
piece it was really ment to be a religious piece for the Catholic Church.
Just like in some of our traditional hymns for example Doxology ends with
"Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. A-men." There are places in Toccata
& Fugue that have the A-men music to the end of each movement if you
will listen the next time you play it. It is almost composed like a hymn
in some of it.
Judy tooley

Pipequeen
Aug-23-2007, 01:17
For all you Theatre organ People! I just rewatched the Herbie films, and noticed that in Herbie Rides again, the old lady has a band organ (which technically has pipes).

AeroScore
Aug-27-2007, 07:08
HA!

Remember that wacky theatre organ console in the parade near the end of "Tommy?" With the organist sitting on top and banging on the manuals with his feet?

That's a classic...

Dean:cool:

methodistgirl
Aug-30-2007, 18:03
none of you ever thought of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs movie.
There was a pipe organ made out of wood in that cartoon movie. I just
remembered. Each pipe was carved out to look different and it was
also a pump styled organ. I don't know about some of the other Disney
movies but I do remember the Snow white movie. Check it out.
judy tooley:grin:

Violinschlüssel
Sep-27-2007, 20:29
If memory serves me correctly, there is some pipe organ music played in Sunset Boulevard.

Soubasse
Oct-15-2007, 04:11
Was trawling through some of my old tapes that I made years back where I would copy the audio track from hired VHS movies that I liked and found the music to:
Candyman - Philip Glass. This score has a noticeable organ part in it (sounds digital in some places though) and is not unlike parts of Koyaanisqatsi. I believe Glass also did the score for the second Candyman film, but I haven't seen or heard that one yet.

smilingvox
Oct-05-2008, 04:19
Two films come to mind right now:

Mafia (1999) - toward the end there is a wedding which is filmed in First Congregational Church in LA. Case of the E.M. Skinner briefly shown.

The Wanderers (1979) - the Ducky Boys gang actually had their own church in which, I'm guessing, a small 2-manual (or maybe 1-manual) Roosevelt or Jardine, was played. Part of the Adagio, in Bach's Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C, is heard. This was supposedly in a Catholic Church in the Bronx.

smilingvox
Oct-07-2008, 00:01
Another film is Second Sight (1989) - one scene was done in Holy Cross RC Cathedral, Boston. At times, you can make out the big Hook and Hastings in the background.

In the beginning of Jesus of Montreal, a close-up shot of someone playing a large, early Casavant. A Catholic church, but don't know which one.

methodistgirl
Oct-07-2008, 02:50
I remember earlier last year talking about the Snow white movie with a
pipe organ in the cartoon story and I just found the video and here it
is.YouTube - Snow White - The Silly Song (English) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9g7w284jOM&feature=related)
judy tooley

dll927
Oct-09-2008, 16:52
A few comments:

1) Allens are not pipe organs, however good they may be.

2) How could all you guys forget "Phantom of the Opera"? I may be the world's most absent movie fan, and that one may not even have sound, I don't know, but I do know there's a scene in it with some type of organ on the screen. It may even be a construction by the set crews!!

3) It seems to me I've read that the "Zarathustra" in "2001" was recorded someplace and dubbed in.

Corno Dolce
Oct-09-2008, 19:10
Aloha dll927,

Yes indeed - Richard Strauss did write an obbligato part for organ in his symphonic tone poem *Also Sprach Zarathustra*. Also forgotten in ths thread was Captain Nemo's rendition of Ms. Judy's favorite Bach Toccata and Fugue in the film *20,000 Leagues Under The Sea*.

Cheerio,

CD :):):)

dll927
Oct-09-2008, 20:21
I have Sirius Radio in my car, and every once in a while, here comes Leopold Stokowski's "orchestration" of the T & D in d minor. I'm always sort of amused by the freedom he took with tempos.

Somewhere on the net there's also a version of the same piece done on a synthesizer and the screen has a running 'bar graph' as it goes along.

Speaking of tempos, I've never been much of a fan of ambulance-chasing ones. (Virgil, rest in peace!!) It sometimes seems to me that modern performers lean to that extreme. I'm left wondering if Franck, Widor, Vierne, etc. played their music as fast as some do nowdays.

The late Sir George Solti did a complete run of the Beethoven symphonies with the Chicago Symphony. The program notes say that he uses faster tempos than is "traditional". However, they also say that Beethoven himself left metronome markings for the symphonies. Well, if so, why did it take conductors 150 years to suddenly discover them?

Did Leon Boellman play the Gothic Suite "Toccata" as fast as some do now? Somehow I doubt it.

And speaking of Virgil, he sort of took the attitude that it "didn't matter" how the original composers meant their music to be played. But I don't think Bach used mirrors or rhinestones on his shoes to show off.

smilingvox
Oct-11-2008, 02:45
I think Bach would have leaned a little more toward the conservative side. Certainly not quite as eccentric as Virg was.

After this service I attended at a church in Philly a few years ago, the organist invited everybody up to see and play the organ. He demonstrated it and played Widor's Toccata in F, and he played it way fast. I think he was showing off so much that he made mincemeat out of the Toccata. Even though I had heard it a trillion times, I lost track of the piece, he was playing it so badly.

Anyways, back to the movies....

The movie, Hair (late 70s)....
Huge get-together in Central Park, hippies are doing their thing, getting high, blasting their music. Claude gets his sugar cube (with LSD in it), visions come, he sees his little church back home, he walks in and all of the sudden, he's in a large Gothic church.
No organ seen, but the music, which was this crazy hippy music, played in A major, becomes this magnificent organ music played in A minor then changes key. First thing that came to mind, as far as the organ goes, a 4/90 Aeolian-Skinner. <shrug> :)

Contratrombone64
Oct-11-2008, 03:33
I find organists to be just as bitchy as violinists in their criticism of each other's playing...

Corno Dolce
Oct-11-2008, 04:56
Congrats CT64,

You get this years Nobel Prize for bitchiest statement of the year...;):smirk::grin:

Cheers,

CD :):):)

ps: I'm only joshing you CT64.......

Bombard
Oct-22-2008, 14:29
I've got a good one, its the Pink Panther, but i forget witch one. I remember that it actually shows the guy playing it. My dad even knows what song he's playing! I'll ask him.

Bombard
Oct-24-2008, 16:55
I got it now!! it was;
The Pink Panther, Revenge of the Pink Panther!

and the song was The Fantasia and Fuge, BWV542

Mush
Oct-25-2008, 03:53
Rollerball - JSB T&F in d (aka Theme from Rollerball)
Spaceballs - nice tracker in the wedding scene
Manequin - the Wanamaker organ
The Great Race - JSB T&F in d

smilingvox
Dec-09-2008, 01:52
In Chariots of Fire, the 1885 Hill in Eton College Chapel is seen about 20 to 30 minutes into the movie.

There was an assembly taking place in a town hall or church in France (most likely actually in England). An organ is seen there. The facade pipes had the English inverted mouths. Perhaps someone, who has seen this movie, can identify this organ and place?

At the end, after everybody returns from France, there is a service in what seems to be Christ Church Spitalfields, London, with Parry's Jerusalem being played on the 1735 Bridge. Only problem with this, is a 16' reed is heard and I don't believe this organ has a 16' reed. Sound track from another organ was used, as the Bridge has been silent since around 1960.


In Brassed Off, the band travels to the Royal Albert Hall, London, but once inside, we see the big c.1837 Hill at Birmingham Town Hall. Yep, Hollywood does exist in the great country of England.

mathetes1963
Dec-09-2008, 20:22
Hey everyone, my first post here. As I'm a devotee of both organ and film music, thought I'd contribute my 2 shekels worth:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Jerry Goldsmith's magnificent score not only features a large studio orchestra w/pipe organ, but also synthesizers, "blaster beam" (Google that and see what you come up with), and a variety of exotic percussion instruments.

Someone previously mentioned Captain Nemo playing the JSB's Toccata in d/BWV 565 in Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, here's some interesting trivia you may not know:
James Mason, who played Nemo, is not a musician, and thus had to "mime" for the camera. A professional organist saw the film, and wrote Disney studios saying, "That's the best fingering I've ever seen for the D-Minor Toccata." Strange but true! :crazy:

Corno Dolce
Dec-10-2008, 01:49
Aloha Mathetes1963,

Welcome aboard! Please do make yourself feel very much at home on MIMF and do plan on staying for a spell as this forum is highly addictive. A secret: MIMF is like an IV-drip for me - gives me so much *joy juice*. :grin::grin::grin:

Cheerio,

Corno Dolce :tiphat::tiphat::tiphat:

jhnbrbr
Dec-17-2008, 03:34
I remember a film called "Prayer for the Dying" with Bob Hoskins, in which an ex-IRA fugitive is in a church with his girlfriend, who explains his presence to the police by claiming he's the organ tuner. The sceptical police man demands to hear a tune and at first the boyfriend just seems to be pressing random keys, and it looks like the game is up, then completely unexpectedly he plays the Little Fugue in G minor. My own then-girlfriend was very fond of this film, as she was from Ireland, and had studied the Little Fugue in music appreciation lessons when she was at school. So then I had to learn to play it to keep her happy, and I've loved it ever since!

Ntalikeris666
Jan-18-2009, 14:24
in the movie "In Bruges" There is a scene when the 2 protagonists are in a cathedral. In the background you can clearly hear J.S Bach's Passacaglia BWV 582. IT mush have been a real Pipe Organ from a recording or not.

smilingvox
Feb-02-2009, 03:35
The organ in the chapel at College of Mount St. Vincent is seen in Doubt (Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman). This is one of Hilborne Roosevelt's first organs (1873), 2-16. The Clarabella is one stop primarily heard.
The college is in the Bronx.

comet
Feb-10-2009, 02:33
I am an organist who is trying to put together a recital of organ music with pieces that have been used as part of movie soundtracks. Any idea how I can get the titles of the works used in some of the movies listed?

Krummhorn
Feb-10-2009, 17:30
I am an organist who is trying to put together a recital of organ music with pieces that have been used as part of movie soundtracks. Any idea how I can get the titles of the works used in some of the movies listed?

You may have to buy the sheet music and then create your own transcription for organ. That's how the theater organists like Charlie Balogh and Lew Williams do those, anyway.

Some of the 'golden oldies' tunes may be in public domain, but will require some searching on the internet to find them. Sometimes there is a 'midi' of these which can be imported to a music notation software program and made into a score. The application I use, NWC2, does this easily.

Drinklicafix
Apr-01-2009, 10:04
Looks like A Canterbury Tale (1944) wasn't mentioned in this thread.
I was looking through it today and found a portion in the last quarter of the movie where a soldier plays Bach's Toccata & Fuge BWV 565 and in the last scene at the church he plays something I don't recognise. Can someone please tell me what it is?

smilingvox
Oct-29-2009, 00:37
In Chariots of Fire, the 1885 Hill in Eton College Chapel is seen about 20 to 30 minutes into the movie.

There was an assembly taking place in a town hall or church in France (most likely actually in England). An organ is seen there. The facade pipes had the English inverted mouths. Perhaps someone, who has seen this movie, can identify this organ and place?

At the end, after everybody returns from France, there is a service in what seems to be Christ Church Spitalfields, London, with Parry's Jerusalem being played on the 1735 Bridge. Only problem with this, is a 16' reed is heard and I don't believe this organ has a 16' reed. Sound track from another organ was used, as the Bridge has been silent since around 1960.



Just went to the National Pipe Organ Register website and found history on the 1735 Bridge. I was surprised to find that there were two 16' reeds during that time. The period in which the story was set.

Gray & Davison enlarged the organ in 1852. Additions included a 16' Grand Trombone in the Pedal and a 16' Contra Fagotto in the Swell.

dll927
Oct-29-2009, 17:33
As for the exact type of organ involved, I question whether ANYONE can really tell from recordings just what is going on. Nowadays they can do a lot with recording equipment. Next thing we know, someone will try to tell us they know if it's St. Sulpice or Wanamaker.

Of course, if the organ is visible, that's another story. But short of that or some type of documentation, who knows?

wljmrbill
Oct-29-2009, 20:08
As far as pipe organ goes.. or virtual reproduction of: every organ carries particuliar individual characteristics which can be noted in the sound of the instrument as it is played.... Takes a good ear but they are there... electronics also carry some of the same tonality characteristics.

smilingvox
Oct-31-2009, 16:42
Like I said before, concerning Christ Church Spitalfields, because of its silence since 1960, a recording of another organ must have been used in Chariots of Fire, which was shot in 1981. A brief shot of just the organ shows it was the old 1735 Bridge.

smilingvox
Feb-03-2010, 02:21
After a 3-month slumber for this thread, I found another flick with an organ.

The Haunting.

Most of this movie was shot at Harlaxton Manor in Lincolnshire (England). Its Great Hall is this rotunda with a massive staircase, opposite of which is a pair of huge doors. On either side of the doors are guilded 16' facades, Aeolian-esque. Feet are painted. Smaller pipes appear high over the doors.

I tried googling this, but got no results. Lots on the Manor, itself, though. Nothing found in the BIOS site, either. Organ was not heard in the movie. Any of our friends across the pond have any info on this organ?

Ntalikeris666
Apr-07-2010, 12:57
In the movie "Atonement" there is a scene of a wedding if I remember correctly in a Church, and a real organ can be heard. There is a clip on youtube as well:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5C9dOcH9Z8&feature=related&fmt=18
It starts at 5:00 Approx

smilingvox
Apr-14-2010, 00:22
Couldn't find that one right away, due to lack of time.
Another movie where I found what looked like an 18th-century instrument was Love Actually. It was a wedding, I believe, in like the first 10 minutes of the flick. It was filmed in a church in London.

wljmrbill
Apr-14-2010, 02:19
Sorry can not view it here has been blocked for the usa Ntalikeris666

Desmond Crawford
Apr-14-2010, 08:27
Pipe Organs in the Movies for $ 1000, Alex...

Minority Report, circa 2002...

Tom Cruise portrays Chief John Anderton, lead officer of a "pre-crime"
unit. The individuals he arrests prior to the commission of their crimes
are put in a suspended state physically and mentally for their incarceration.
Tim Blake Nelson ( "Delmar" in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?") portrays a
wheelchair confined "jailkeeper" named "Gideon" who watches over his "flock", as he calls them. In several scenes he plays a Wurlitzer theater organ that lacks its pedal clavier...

When Cruise's character Anderton is captured, he is incarcerated, under Gideon's watchful care. Prior to this Anderton evades identification by retinal scan thanks to transplantation of another person's eyes. When Anderton's former wife uses his removed eyes to gain access to the containment ward he is being held in, she puts a gun to Gideon's head and states "I'd like a word with my husband." When Gideon says " You're not authorized. How did you get in here?", she places a plastic bag with
Anderton's removed, somewhat bloody eyes on one of the Wurlitzer's
manuals...

Interestingly enough, Mr. Nelson is an Oklahoma native... born and raised in Tulsa. I'm just a transplant... mwahahahaha!!!

Just my dos centavos, mi compadres!! Have fun.

Mark "D.C."

Ntalikeris666
Apr-14-2010, 13:17
Sorry can not view it here has been blocked for the usa Ntalikeris666

Oh sorry i did not know that.
I will see if i can find another clip of it.

Ntalikeris666
Apr-14-2010, 13:23
Sorry can not view it here has been blocked for the usa Ntalikeris666

Ok I found another clip, here is the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6gK3ffrTgg&fmt=18

Starts at 6:40 Approx.

Cheers,
Nick

wljmrbill
Apr-14-2010, 20:53
sorry same on this clip too. Thanks for trying anyway.



"This video contains content from NBC Universal, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds."

Ntalikeris666
Apr-14-2010, 22:11
sorry same on this clip too. Thanks for trying anyway.



"This video contains content from NBC Universal, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds."


Oh alright...
No problem ;-)

Ntalikeris666
Apr-16-2010, 13:49
sorry same on this clip too. Thanks for trying anyway.



"This video contains content from NBC Universal, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds."

But because I still want to share the clip i downloaded the audio from that part.

wljmrbill
Apr-16-2010, 20:55
now that worked. Thanks.. Really great majestic sound.

Ntalikeris666
Apr-16-2010, 21:17
now that worked. Thanks.. Really great majestic sound.

You are welcome!

windhorn
May-11-2010, 21:40
"She Fell Among Thieves," the BBC/WGBH adaptation of a Dornford Yates novel that was the very first "Mystery" program, has a marvellous organ score, and there is a wedding scene where we get to see the organ being pumped by hand as it is played by the forger and henchman Acorn (who is he and what was he in?). Don't know if that's the organ in the score.

Marc
May-11-2010, 22:28
deUsynlige AKA Troubled Water (2008)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7I3hFBtOFQ

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

Saw this one last year: very intense and emotional movie!

smilingvox
Feb-23-2011, 02:39
At the end of the movie, Brassed Off, the Grimsby Colliery brass band plays at Royal Albert Hall, which was really Birmingham City Hall where this was filmed. The big Wm. Hill organ rises above the band. Had never realized it was placed so high up.

Diode
Mar-18-2011, 08:47
The French movie 'Je Te Mangerais' ('You will be mine'), 2008, has an excerpt from Franck's Chorale No 3 played live on a pipe organ (from memory about 20 minutes in). The organ looks fairly modern and has some superb reeds. Since the movie features piano students I assume that the organ may belong to a conservatory. The movie apparently won an award at the Montreal Festival, but I just wish the dialogue did not have to interrupt the music!

Diode --|>|--

Bbenu54
Aug-20-2011, 20:58
The movie "the Bostonian " begins and ends with organ music and film includes close-ups of the performer.

MusingMuso
Aug-29-2011, 16:42
The movie "the Bostonian " begins and ends with organ music and film includes close-ups of the performer.


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The performer, who was improvising so far as I am aware, was Nigel Allcoat.

MusingMuso
Aug-29-2011, 16:54
You can save a lot of time by checking this web-site:-

http://theatreorgans.com/movies.htm

It's a fairly comprehensive list of movies featuring organs.

MM

Krummhorn
Aug-30-2011, 12:29
MM,

A very comprehensive list there ... thank you for sharing this :)

smilingvox
Jan-25-2012, 00:54
Newberry Memorial Organ, Yale U.

The other day, I watched Everybody's Fine. Robert DeNiro plays a father, whose grown-up children couldn't come home for a holiday, so he travels cross the country to see each of his kids. One son (Sam Rockwell), a musician, lives in Denver.

The music hall DeNiro walks into happens to be Woolsey Hall, where he meets Rockwell. Obviously, the great Skinner organ is in the movie. They probably have no idea how bleedin' powerful this instrument is.

mathetes1963
Oct-10-2012, 23:23
Jumping into this thread a bit late I know, but this is too good not to share--
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1b9lYN10Nk

Comet Empire theme from Season Two of the anime Uchuu Senkan Yamato (Space Battleship Yamato). Positively hair-raising!