ellyn_seelye — 2016-08-15T19:04:03-04:00 — #1
Well, sometimes CD seems so very serious (as well it should, most of the time) and so very intense. The need of a diversion is felt, perhaps.
Here are the opening credits of the 1949 film "The Third Man", written by Graham Greene, and often listed as one of the greatest movies ever made, and my personal favorite too. Set in post-war Vienna, in all its corruption and ravaged loveliness. Joseph Cotton comes to the city in search of a job his friend (played by Orson Welles) has dangled before him. Nothing is as it seems.
I defy anyone not to be taken by the musical score, which is maybe the essence of 'middle European' sensibility! Sorry in the time available I couldn't find a clip with better audio. But you'll get the idea:
lu1 — 2016-08-15T19:13:33-04:00 — #2
I wonder what type of instrument is being used... I assume a guitar but it has a unique sound to it.
eric_seelye — 2016-08-15T19:59:43-04:00 — #3
@Lu1 it is a zither. Check the clip at 50 seconds and you'll see the credit for zither music by Anton Karas. Here's another cool clip that shows him playing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8jN1treRKQ
Edit: Here's an interesting Wikipedia article on Karas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Karas
Edit #2: Here's a funny bit from a Wikipedia article about the song:
The composition that became famous as "The Third Man Theme" had long been in Karas's repertoire, but he had not played it in 15 years. "When you play in a café, nobody stops to listen," Karas said. "This tune
takes a lot out of your fingers. I prefer playing 'Wien, Wien', the sort of thing one can play all night while eating sausages at the same time."
ellyn_seelye — 2016-08-15T20:28:49-04:00 — #4
Eric, that's funny! When I first saw the movie, like so many other people I was so enamored of it and read everything I could on it. Remember reading that Karas was totally obscure till the film people came across him and knew his playing of that song on the zither, along with the lustrous, shadowy expressionistic camera work and quirky performances like Orson Welles', would skyrocket their movie, and they were right...
dave_l — 2016-08-16T06:14:15-04:00 — #5
It sounds as though it is an acoustic guitar playing the body of the song with a zither played by another person or over dubbed on top. The reason I say this is because the tunings are two octaves apart, something impossible for either zither or guitar alone.
ellyn_seelye — 2016-08-16T11:39:25-04:00 — #6
Hmmm, that's interesting. The two instruments certainly should play together very compatibly, I would think.
eric_seelye — 2016-08-16T12:36:27-04:00 — #7
I know next to nothing about music, but did you watch the video where he is playing it? Part of the instrument has what looks like a guitar neck with frets. Could this explain the tunings you noticed?
dave_l — 2016-08-16T13:01:05-04:00 — #8
I didn't see that part. I saw only what was presented in the above link. Please forgive me for providing incorrect information.
dave_l — 2016-08-16T13:03:03-04:00 — #9
Sorry, I didn't know of the other link and went only by what I heard. I'll try to be more careful in the future.
If you like this music, check out Eric Loy. He does evangelistic work using a similar means.
ellyn_seelye — 2016-08-16T13:07:07-04:00 — #10
Not a problem in the least!
eric_seelye — 2016-08-16T18:14:55-04:00 — #11
Wow, that harp guitar was pretty interesting. Never seen one before.