In my world, Sport and Music don’t mix.
In schools, sports fixtures are the eternal pain up the everything for a music department. I still cannot work out quite why sport is considered “more important” than music but it is. In all schools as far as I can see. Except maybe choir schools…or specialist schools…you know what I mean.
If a student was to get a letter from school saying they had been “selected” for the XXXX team, and that they would now be required to attend training three times a week before/after school, they would I imagine feel honoured, privileged, and delighted at being chosen. The family would rally around so they could attend all the practices and missing any or heaven forbid a MATCH would be considered unthinkable.
But swing this around to music –
Dear Mr & Mrs Bloggs,
Your son has been chosen to sing in the school choir and will now be required to attend practice three times a week and attend all school concerts and competitions as required. These may also be at weekends.
Mr F Sharp
Well, I will all allow a few exceptions but I would expect in most schools that a rude letter from the parents might be sent in.
However, putting my personal gripes about education aside, when we mix the two, many wonderful things have happened. And I am talking about “Sports Themes”.
Think of all the great BBC sporting themes we have alone, The Cricket Theme, Wimbledon, Ski Sunday, theat really groovy one they used to use for the Snooker (Dragnet) and even Match of the Day is a classic. All fine miniature works of musical art. And there are many more.
Now we are in Olympics season, of course there is only one theme that covers this, you know what it is, Danny Boyle knew as well….
Chariots Of Fire.
Hardly a TV or Film shot of people running goes by (well, in any kind of spoof) without the iconic music being played, unless its involves horses, then it’s Black Beauty…
And it is a wonderful piece of music, the original that is. Don’t go for any copy or cover, that’s like drinking Virgin Cola. No, the Original track, called “Titles” by Greek composer Vangelis is a thing of beauty. Listen to it carefully to hear all the details and it is joyous.
Like my last music post, this takes me back to younger days. I was nine when the film came out and the music kind of drifted into my subconscious. I kind of knew it but not well enough. I did end up borrowing a tape of it off a friend once and made a copy (nothing changes) which I listened to to death. I only copied this main track though and it wasn’t until I was fourteen that I bought the album, on vinyl.
And what a real treat this is. The main theme is sublime but the other tracks are equally attractive. The big V just has a way with electronics that makes it so expressive, which most electronic music, certainly of the time, was almost the complete opposite of.
The track I want to treat you to today is the second on the album called “Five Circles” and it is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I know. There are no acoustic instruments in it at all, not even piano, and yet it is so expressive.
Pleased be moved by this work of art, perhaps while watching some amazing Olympic achievement.
Love as ever,