Meet Joe Black - Film Soundtrack by Thomas Newman
I used Notation Composer to create piano sheet music of the song "Walkaway" from the movie Meet Joe Black, original song by Thomas Newman. This version. An overview of the Meet Joe Black film score composed by Thomas Newman. at the start): breathy strings, plinky piano, the vaguest trace of deathly beauty. consistent loyalty to one theme, often bringing them in at the start and close, but E.Y Harburg / What A Wonderful World (written by George Weiss and Bob Theile).
Meet Joe Black Piano Cover - Whisper Of A Thrill - Thomas Newman
Our kids give us great inspiration for our music. When Jon's year-old daughter said how much she loved this song, Jon decided to try it. He experienced a flood of inspiration. Never has a piano part come together this fast, Jon says. Steve experienced similar inspiration while composing the cello parts. Since the lyrics suggest a bride walking towards the groom in a ceremony we thought we would include a quote from the Bridal Chorus by Wagner in the climax of the song. It is carefully disguised.
As it seems to always go, Paul and Tel didn't find the spot until they spent 9 hours driving around southern Utah the day before the shoot looking. After getting a little discouraged by not finding anything that great, they just happened to check out a little-hidden spot right near Baker Dam and thought it was perfect for the song. The next morning we all loaded up the piano and headed out there to film, but after getting the Truck and Trailer stuck and waiting for the sun to move, we didn't get started filming until that evening having about 3 hours of light.
It was so fun to film and play in the middle of the trees! A Thousand Years - Christina Perri: This compilation or concerto was created by myself. Listed below are the tracks I used, in order: I did not cut the music in story order this time. Instead, I set it up for the opening track to move the other tracks along musically.
Meet Joe Black Piano Cover - Whisper Of A Thrill - Thomas Newman - video dailymotion
The haunting piano chords and electronic background introduce the theme to this film. We can go at any time. Find what it is you live for and hold on tight.
It is a lovely scent. This has some light string work, march-like with its grace notes.
Main Theme from American Beauty - Thomas Newman (piano arrangement)
A little snippet of Oboe, then the strings come back in with a violin solo of their own as if claiming the piece for their section alone. The scene is cute, the music is light with the plucking strings and Clarinet solos.
As a fellow Clarinetist, I approve. Joe almost gets hit by a car again as he walks with Bill. Again, I approve of the Clarinet work here. Thomas Newman is known for his piano solos and he never disappoints in this category. This theme is gorgeous.
I don't use that word a lot when it comes to music. Some is pretty, some beautiful, rarely is music gorgeous. Thomas Newman has a set chord progression he sticks to, like Williams' 7th in his early years.
My wife is a Flutist and the solo flute in this track weaves nicely as a prelude to the strings. There are two very distinct sections to this track. I am a fan of the former more than the latter. Ever have one of those moments where you wanted to say something to someone and then you don't and regret it? Now picture two people doing this but missing each other when they turn around to say it. Life is too short. I love a good French Horn solo but adore a full, dark French Horn call.
No spoilers for what happens in the film, it works a little weird for what it intends vs what should've happened but this score ends like most Thomas Newman scores of the 80's and 90's, with a boisterous finale. I do not own any copyright music from Meet Joe Black, just ownership of this suite.
Main Theme from American Beauty - Thomas Newman (piano arrangement) - video dailymotion
Of course, it doesn't take long before the Grim Reaper experiences genuine human emotion when he falls for Hopkins' daughter Claire Forlaniall the while preparing to take the businessman into the beyond. Meet Joe Black was the second collaboration between Brest and composer Thomas Newman after "Scent of a Woman" and the composer was clearly inspired to step out of his comfort area by the romantic nature of the story.
Of course, when Newman steps out of his comfort area, it invites a different way of thinking, seeing as he's more comfortable with unusual, intimate ensembles. In Joe Black however, the very opposite is true, Newman leaving any and all oddness behind and crafting possibly the loveliest symphonic work of his career. How bizarre it is that a work by a major league film composer should be deemed atypical by virtue of its conventional nature, but such is the fascination the composer holds.
Yet, paradoxically, Newman's voice beautiful; bittersweet; sometimes comical shines through from start to finish. At no point would Joe Black be mistaken for any other composer's work.
The familiar chilly acoustic wash opens the album in "Yes" Anthony Hopkins' calm tones intoning the word at the start: It's in "Walkaway" however that Newman's gorgeous central melody first creeps up on oboe and soft strings, one that wrenches the heart even when introduced in minimalist fashion.
Here is another place where Joe Black differs from other Newman scores: There's also a multitude of other motifs floating around in spine-tingling ethereal fashion, playing right to the heart of the film's themes of death, mortality and love. The warm acoustic guitar in "Death and Taxes" and the brilliantly jazzy woodwind in "Fifth Avenue" are especially notable.