|Thanks to old friends and new, for your kind words and praise and good wishes.|
In your selection of music by Rozsa, just be open to a variety of experiences: Remember that there are distinctions not only between his concert works and his film scores, but among these works themselves. You may fall in love with one piece, or one score, and dislike others. Especially in film scores, the content of the film will often dictate the character of the music; Rozsa wrote for everything from film noir to Biblical epics and there are great differences among his works. And he is not unlike other great composers of the genre. Bernard Herrmann, for example, could compose the poignant romantic soundtrack to "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," and the sharp screaching slasher sounds of "Psycho."
Clearly, however, there is a huge treasure-chest of material in Rozsa and in other modern composers of symphonic music and film scores that is long overdue for a good listen and a grand appreciation. I hope to author shorter pieces in the coming months for The Free Radical that will spotlight other great film score composers. Lots more to come...
Cheers to all.