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 Posted:   Jun 16, 2012 - 1:58 AM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Yes, alot of people dig Serge. Colombier has an exploratory edge that I really like, and I go for some of his stuff. But I'm going in a different direction with this post.


As I have mentioned in a prior post here, Henry Mancini uses a Clavinet on the score for the 1979 Blake Edwards movie "10," with Bo Derek, Julie Andrews & Dudley Moore.

There is really not much for Henry to do in Blake Edwards' "10" with Julie Andrews singing, Dudley Moore tickling the ivories, & Bolero for the love-making scenes. His love theme is very nice, and it is also used for a song that Julie Andrews and Dudley Moore sing during the end titles. 

I do not have the WB release of the ST, so the following notes just come from viewing the film. The Clavinet usage notes are listed chronologically. I believe I have got them all.


1. There is a funky Clavinet playing when the swinger couple sees George Webber (Moore) and Sam ("Samantha" - Andrews) have a telescope in their bedroom at George's house also.

2. After George (Moore) goes to the dentist and is questioned by the police, he drives to the "sex-party" at the neighbor's house. The party source music has a Clavinet in it. I also heard a vocal line in a different cut of the party scene: "Get up, get up, get up, baby." I don't recognize it; it could be a popular period dance song.

3. When George (Moore) calls & gets hung-up on by the teenage boy, Sam's son, the source music coming from the TV is a heavy Clavinet groove. (It almost looks like Saturday Night Fever is playing on the tv the young fellow is watching.)

4. When George (Moore) knocks on Jenny's (Derek) door for the first time, a Fender Rhodes is playing, & a Clavinet without any effects at all. This is the scene when Jenny is just out of the shower, answers the door, gives George a tush-view, then gives the camera a boob-view via her bathroom mirror. The clean Clavinet only plays for a few bars, & then the Rhodes takes over. It is actually source music, as Jenny turns off a radio, & the music stops. Mancini is a master with source music. 

- Obviously, Ravel Bolero when George and Jenny go to bed the first time, and when George and Sam lay down in view of their neighbor's telescope. No Clavinet there.


And that's it. Full Clavinet analysis for Blake Edwards' movie "10," with music by Henry Mancini. Interesting to note that the Clavinet is only used in source music - an indication of the period in which the film takes place. 

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2012 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

Here are a couple of more scores by Franco Micalizzi that feature the clavinet:

Chi Sei? aka Beyond The Door (1974):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXrj4E_NhgQ

Stridulum aka TheVisitors (1979):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRLCJjzso1Q

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2012 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Those were cool Mik.

How about the main title to Bill Conti's Unmarried Woman. Listen for the Clavinet accenting the bass starting with the Abmaj7 G7#9 of the main title (about 0:16) - he's actually playing the chords, as if it were a harpsichord. If it's got a Clavinet, it's the 70s for sure. The guy who mixed this knew what he was doing.

Question Mik: The Odd Couple - is that a clavichord that Hefti would use during that period?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2012 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

Not sure but I guess that's a Baldwin electric harpsichord or even a real harpsichord.

What about Jerry Goldsmith's In Like Flint (1967):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO4Q09Bkcco
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4LsmYYXTog
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en4LZ_DId94

Definitely sounds like a clavinet in the last track but it's probably the same instrument in all
three. Given that the music was recorded in late '66 or early '67 it's gotta be a Clavinet I/II.

Jerry was additionally using a Hammond solovox, Novachord (I think) and Thomas electronic organ on the two 'Flint' scores.

EDIT: Maybe we should put together a chronological list of scores featuring the clavinet.

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2012 - 11:58 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Re: Full list. No doubt. I bet we've just scracthed the surface. It's buried in the mix of a bunch of 70s scores for sure. And we've found one as recent as Grusin's Pope of Greenwich Villiage (1984).

Very happy that you've found a Goldsmith score that uses the Clavinet; how great is that. I can't believe I missed that one, though. I will help with verification on that, and I still need to check QJ Hot Rock.

We defintely forgot Cleo Jones 1973. The Wrecking Yard and Wrap Up, which I remember off the top of my head. There's probably 4 or 5 others on that JJ Johnson FSM ST, [edit]maybe tracks 2 (Wrecking Yard), 6, 9, 11 (Wrap Up), 13, 28.

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2012 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Morton Stevens funks out on the Hardly Working soundtrack, 1980, on the "Bartender Disco Music" source cue. Pretty tasty. Not sure who it is that is playing.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2012 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

[edit]
The complete chronological list of Clavinet use in film can be found here. The link within the thread only works if you are logged out.
http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?pageID=4&forumID=1&threadID=88030&archive=0
[edit]

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2012 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Wonder if Rosenman's "Off to War" or "Ape Soldiers Continue" or LP "Main Title" from Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970 (FSM) is using a Clavinet? It's in the R channel, and mixed nicely with the percussion. If it is, there are probably no effects - it sounds clean.

The FSM credits list a Moog player, but not Clavinet player. There are no references to a harpsichord.
http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/cds/detail.cfm/CDID/70/Beneath-the-Planet-of-the-Apes/

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2012 - 4:50 PM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

Nico Fidenco's score to Joe D'Amato's "Porno Holocaust" (1980) also features the Clavinet:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYVTEjb1iwk

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2012 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   Broughtfan   (Member)

From TV: Two "Hawaii Five-0" episodes, one scored, one co-scored by Bruce Broughton (but four years apart):

1973-4 (Season 6) "The $100,000 Nickel" - Bruce's first full score for the series (he had partially scored "The Finishing Touch" earlier in the season). Episode also features nice piano work by Artie Kane.

1976-7 (Season 9) "Ready, Aim..." - The rare TV episode scored by both Bruce and his brother, William. Contains my all-time favorite 5-0 line, Chin Ho (to McGarrett on walkie-talkie): 'Steve, somethin's goin' down.'

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2012 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

From TV: Two "Hawaii Five-0" episodes, one scored, one co-scored by Bruce Broughton.

Nice. Thanks. I didn't realize BB reached back that far. I would love to hear these, but how?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2012 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Broughtfan   (Member)

From TV: Two "Hawaii Five-0" episodes, one scored, one co-scored by Bruce Broughton.

Nice. Thanks. I didn't realize BB reached back that far. I would love to hear these, but how?


Depending on where you live, the former can be seen today on Me-TV (11:00 AM CT).

Episodes are available on streaming video via Netflix (at least they were about a year ago). Season sets can be bought at very reasonable prices through select retail outlets like Best Buy (where I bought season 4 for something like fourteen dollars).

Film feature with clavinet (one I don't see elsewhere): The In-Laws (John Morris, 1979). The opening heist scene.

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2012 - 9:18 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Nico Fidenco's score to Joe D'Amato's "Porno Holocaust" (1980) also features the Clavinet:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYVTEjb1iwk


I read the synopsis for this film so I understood a bit more. It's basically Italian gore horror. Funny how for modern horror film scores, the Clavinet can, and is, used in lieu of the harpsichord, which would have been used in many classic horror films. I guess in that respect, it's a much cheaper alternative.

Mik: Can you please check the Beneath the Planet of the Apes cues I posted? It really needs your expert ear buddy. Someone mentioned that they thought it was a harpsichord, but I hear reverb, and maybe some 70s echo.

BF: I need to get on those 5-0 discs for sure. Thanks. But you are granted temporary legendary status for identifying the Clavinet use in the In-Laws. That I missed this is shocking bc it's one of my favorites. Nice one BF!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2012 - 2:02 PM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

I just listened to the two pieces from Beneath the planet... and to my ears it sounds like a real harpsichord, doubled with piano and bass guitar. It might be a Baldwin electric harpsichord (the model used by The Beatles on "Because") but it's difficult to tell. Also, album credits aren't always 100% correct or complete.

 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2012 - 4:12 AM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

OK, thanks Mik, I was hoping Rosenman would make our list, especially since Goldsmith has made the list.

I am going to need to update the chronological listing. I'll put a link in the OP, and update the list above.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2012 - 6:34 AM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

As for Goldsmith's In Like Flint, I'm pretty sure that's an early Clavinet (either a Clavinet I or II). I know that he used a Hammond Novachord, Solovox and Thomas electronic organ but I don't think it's any of those.

 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2012 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Yes, you mentioned that in a prior post, and I defer to your knowledge in that regard. It's a very much thinner sound than the C or D6. I wonder what changes in construction they made between the models.

I'll update the master list in a few. Thanks again.

 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2012 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   MD   (Member)

I think that in this track from CASH soundtrack by Jean Michel Bernard is used clavinet and also lot of hammond organ.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH0FSk0r4Xw&playnext=1&list=PLEA47DE7554F75A79&feature=results_video

All the best
MD

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2012 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

I just listened to the two pieces from Beneath the planet... and to my ears it sounds like a real harpsichord, doubled with piano and bass guitar. It might be a Baldwin electric harpsichord (the model used by The Beatles on "Because") but it's difficult to tell. Also, album credits aren't always 100% correct or complete.

Interestingly, Rosenman uses the same "effect" on Alexander The Great from 1964. The attack and all else is identical. And this is the same year that Hohner began to ship the Clavinet I.

MD: Nice post buddy, & hope ur well.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2012 - 6:08 AM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

The Great Alligator (1979) - Stelvio Cipriani:



 
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