What is the intro music for 'Through the NIght'?
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It utterly captivates me. Apologies if this has been answered before. Thanks for your help!
You got me curious to know too - according to Turkish Radio (!) it's Milhaud, Darius (1892-1974), Excerpt from "Madrigal – Nocturne" from "La Cheminée du Roi René" – suite for wind quintet (Op.205) - see this page: http://www.trt.gov.tr/Radyo/RDDetay.aspx?tanitimid=16311&tur=Radyo&Kanal...
There's a long version of the tune on the Radio 3 "Euroclassic Notturno" page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/euroclassicnotturno/ (Euroclassic Notturno is the version of Through the Night without announcements that they sell to foreign broadcasters.)
Wonderful sleuthing, friends! Here is the description from a Chandos recording of work:
"La Cheminée du roi René (The Chimney of King René) was drawn from collaboration with Roger Désormières and Honegger on the score for a film, Cavalcade d’amour, which consisted of three episodes of love at different periods of history, the Middle Ages, 1830 and 1930. Milhaud chose the first with scenes evoking the cours d’amour of the fifteenth-century King René, Count of Provence and titular King of Naples, a ruler fondly remembered, who introduced the muscatel grape to the region. His Cheminée was a sheltered spot that he favoured, now one of the main streets of Aix.
Milhaud reflects the style of Stravinsky’s neoclassical Pulcinella in his suite, which opens with Cortège, a procession. The flute, accompanied by the clarinet, starts the lilting morning serenade, Aubade, followed by Jongleurs with its oboe melody. La Maousinglade is the name of the quarter where Milhaud’s family lived, and Joutes sur l’arc (Jousts on the Arc) recalls the jousts on the River Arc near Aix. Chasse à Valabre (Hunting at Valabre) turns to the King’s hunting-party by the castle of Valabre, the flute now replaced by a piccolo. The suite ends, as night falls, in the gentle nostalgia of Madrigal-Nocturne."
'Gentle nostalgia' is a perfect way to characterize the TTN intro music, don't you think? Thanks again for your help.
The resemblence to Pulcinella was what misled me into thinking I knew what it was - I did try Googling yesterday, but without the hint of Milhaud just found a lot of playlists that said "signature tune".
It's odd - I associate the tune with mornings, because I usually just catch the last half-hour of TTN (we get Radio 3 here on our cable) when I'm having breakfast.
Late Junction's my favourite programme on Radio 3, but one of the benefits of listening to it is hearing the opening music of Through The Night. Looking for that music led me here, and subsequently to a performance of it on YouTube:
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