2016 March 21 • Monday
The 405th Soundtrack of the Week
is a CD with music from three scores by Giovanni Fusco, for
Violenza Segreta, La Corruzione and
Violenza Segreta begins with an ethereal and atmospheric
main theme for orchestra and chorus which recalls the exotica of Les Baxter.
Then it's on to up-tempo jazz for "Star Bar", presumably source music.
With vibes, clarinet and electric guitar in the combo it's like a frantic
rock and roll version of Benny Goodman's famous groups with
Charlie Christian and Lionel Hampton.
There are also a swinging mambo-like tune, a beautiful love theme
("Regina"), a sultry, late-night bluesy number ("Ricordi"), a lounge
vocal variation on the main theme ("Un Idolo Nero") and several
restatements of the main theme.
Next on this triple feature CD is music for La Corruzione.
Not only did I see this movie and think it was great, I noted how
good the music was at the time. It's great to hear it again!
The first track is a beguilingly slinky cue with excellent
electric guitar and saxophone playing. There's also a pretty sick organ solo.
The organ is a key player throughout, often introducing
anxious textural soundscapes with eerie or dissonant drones.
Those apprehensive-sounding cues alternate with groovier
more danceable numbers that exploit the potential of
various pop and rock idioms of the day.
Some of it was pop enough to warrant a single release,
and both sides of that single are included here.
Finally there's music from I Sovversivi. The
first track has wordless vocals over an exotica-like stomp,
an unusual combination of ideas that works extremely well.
Then Fusco is back to more avantgarde territory with
drones and stabs and what sounds almost like a cut-up method of
composing, with different musical styles presented in short
statements stitched together.
Most of the music here follows one of those two approaches,
though "Seq. 6" has a surprising appearance by a minimalist rock and roll cue.