Has anyone ever skated to the LOTR soundtrack? It's odd if no one has.
In light of today's news, maybe Plushy should skate to something from Return of the King - not that I expect him to, but wouldn't it be fun?
And how would this be for Alissa Czisny?:
I think she has the aetherial/graceful quality to bring it off.
I'd love for someone to skate to the Dark Knight Rises soundtrack
but I suppose for the men it would be a question of costuming - and the risk of ending up looking far more like Adam West than Christian Bale. So, maybe if one of the ladies - Akiko Suzuki or Yuna Kim, for instance - were to do Catwoman?
That's actually the arrangement I had in mind when typing that post. It's not TOO soft and princess-y (it has some good strong beats that Yuna could work wonders with), but it still captures the ethereal magic of Tchaikovsky's ballet.
Originally Posted by mskater93
Of course, it'll likely never happen, seeing as how Yuna seems to prefer fiery, emotional music with changes in style throughout.
Great suggestions! I'd also add this one from the LOTR soundtrack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgsieRxp34c
Originally Posted by LRK
On the subject of underused soundtracks: has anyone skated to music from Legend of Zelda? Gymnast Elsa Garcia from Mexico used a Zelda medley as music for her floor exercise last year, but I can't recall any skater using it. These are all great:
- Ballad of the Goddess: for Kanako, maybe?
- Gerudo Valley ver1 and ver2: someone fast (Gracie?)
- Main theme: Yuzuru
Also, I'd really love to see someone (maybe Akiko?) skate to this tango. It's beautiful and really underused - I can only think of a few programs to this music (Mao's 2008-2009 EX, Davis/White tango FD in 2010-2011, Castelli/Shnapir FS last year).
I'd love to see one of the up-and-coming ladies skate to an orchestral version of "Don't Rain on My Parade," which is, I think, from the musical "Fanny."
It's upbeat, and I think the melody has parts that would choreograph nicely to accommodate a short program.
Also, I don't recall anyone skating to this before... although I'm sure someone will prove that to be wrong.
Gotta Have Music
Todd E. did for his 2001/2002 Olympic free skate (BTW, just for the record, he was originally planning to skate to the music from the "Band of Brothers" soundtrack (a beautiful, moving score, too).
Originally Posted by LRK
Thanks! I immediately had to look it up:
I don't know how I could have forgotten (I can only blame it on having been ill - which I was, and I have only very sketchy memories from a few years there, but still... ); I really enjoyed watching that. It also goes to show that the music is very well suited for skating.
Glad you're better, LRK! Now you can savor every moment of skating, and you can always relive the ones you missed with a visit to YouTube. Stay well!
Or, as I often refer to it, YouTube University. You can gain quite a body of knowledge with a bit of investigation. Thanks for the links from Hobbit! I hadn't seen those before.
I love that between them, Tolkien and filmmaker Peter Jackson have managed to make an epic romantic hero of a dwarf. They have completely un-Disneyfied the species, thank goodness.
I wonder whether you've ever heard this version, from a 1970s animated version of The Hobbit. I think folksinger Glenn Yarbrough had something to do with this score, if I recall correctly. He had a beautiful tenor with a distinctive vibrato (though he doesn't sing on this song). This version is simpler in structure than the new one, but I think it's very effective. (Again, deep gratitude to YouTube. All sorts of treasures buried in its depths.)
No, I hadn't - thanks for sharing that!
Originally Posted by Olympia
If you liked Richard Armitage as Thorin, you should - if you haven't already - give North & South a look:
Also, I'd love to see someone skate to this!
And some other BBC costume drama soundtracks I'd love to see used:
I think they might suit some of the ladies and pairs especially - though I'm not sure who exactly. I think North & South and Little Dorrit might suit Zijun Li, maybe? Maybe Lorna Doone might suit Liza well? Thoughts?
Also other pieces of music that I think might be unusual
- I love this Asterix & Obelix piece:
And this from the Babylon 5 movie In the Beginning:
I think there is a lot of skateable music lying around unused - or virtually unused.
ETA - Oh, and this soundtrack from Black Beauty:
Gotta Have Music
Glad you're better, now. LRK. We all those movie soundtracks, don't we? And, as Olympia said, thank goodness for Youtube University!
Do you want to start that thread?
Originally Posted by LRK
I think it would be relevant to this one.
That's a good question, LRK. I've often wondered why skating folk don't explore music more aggressively. Many skaters (and presumably their coaches and choreographers) seem to like what they hear but don't seem to hunt up anything on their own. One exception was Lori Nichol during the Kwan years. I think the Taj Mahal program was set to the music of an Azerbaijani composer, for example, and of course the Salome was from the Richard Strauss opera (with bits from a movie soundtrack and from Ippolitov-Ivanov's Caucasian Sketches). I think Sandra Bezic is intrepid about music. I'm always a bit disappointed in Tarasova's choices, which are almost invariably warhorses. I mean, even just looking at other works by the composers she always uses would net her some unusual and powerful pieces of music for programs. For example, Rachmaninoff wrote three symphonies in addition to his piano works, plus an absolutely heart-melting cello sonata, plus the elegiac trios. (Lori Nichol used a bit from Rachmaninoff's first Elegiac Trio, if I'm not mistaken, in that great 1998 short program for Michelle.) Even the much-used Tchaikovsky has barely been touched except for a few central works and has many surprises available.
As for movie soundtracks, there are heaps of untouched ones, including major works such as Field of Dreams and Legends of the Fall by James Horner, and some lovely passages by John Williams. Here's one of the best sections of the Harry Potter soundtracks, Mischief Managed from the third movie:
And then there are Williams' more obscure movies, such as Hook, which give us this buoyant score, which I actually prefer to Harry Potter:
Not to mention Miklos Rozsa's splendid score for The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, which any "woman of mystery" could skate to: