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Harp piece in film “A Fine Madness”?

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    Bonnie Shaljean
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    The thread title pretty much says it: Early in the film “A Fine Madness” the central character, a poet/harpist performed by Sean Connery, plays background music at a lunch in a fancy restaurant. WHAT was the piece? It sounded late-19th-century Romantic, but I only heard once, it years ago, and my memory is pretty vague. I seem to recall that the music goes on for awhile in the soundtrack, so it should be identifiable. I might even recognise it now if I could hear it again, but I didn’t know it then.

    I think Joanne Woodward was also in this movie. Tried this question out in the Harplist a few years ago, which prompted a lot of interesting posts from people who recollected the film (a good one, a rather offbeat comedy showing Connery in a very different sort of role from the ones we associate him with). But nobody could name the piece or its composer.

    Anyone out there who can help?

    #111644
    john-strand
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    According to imdb, the composer for the films’ music was John Addison who I checked out in Wikipedia – turns out he has quite an impressive

    #111645
    David Ice
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    Hi Bonnie,

    Forgive my own poor memory (and I’m also still on strong painkillers which doesn’t help) but I think it is “Marguerite

    #111646
    David Ice
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    Forgot to say that I’ve heard David Watkins play the piece many times, which is how I became acquainted with it.

    #111647
    barbara-brundage
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    Youtube (not sean connery or david watkins):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEnINR005Zc

    Is that the piece?

    #111648
    barbara-brundage
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    Composer’s Zabel, incidentally.

    #111649

    Speaking of harps in movies, I came across the end of a film called “Four Daughters” made in 1938, which had a harpist in it. Unfortunately, she was obviously not a real harpist, but the harp itself was a beautiful gold Gothic model, maybe an Erard. The story involves a family of musicians, but wouldn’t you know, the main character is the violinist.

    #111650
    David Ice
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    Thank’s Barbara.

    #111651
    barbara-brundage
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    Glad you’re starting to feel better, David.

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