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 Posted:   Jul 6, 2014 - 4:28 AM   
 By:   joseborgiquez   (Member)

I recently recorded Francis Poulenc's Movement Perpetuel No.1. A friend of mine recognised it and said it was used in the Hitchcock Film, Rope. Is this true?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pNT7pyXtwQ

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2014 - 8:08 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Surprised no experts have answered this yet. I'm not an expert, but I did look at some of the film on YouTube - and the imdb details - and it is indeed the Poulenc piece. Can't recall if it's actually performed on piano onscreen (someone must remember) but the Main Titles are an adaptation of it anyway.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2014 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   Brad Wills   (Member)

The English translation of the piece is "Perpetual Movement". When interpreted nominally, it's a clever piece to adapt for a film that gives the illusion of being filmed in a single take.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2014 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   Brad Wills   (Member)

The English translation of the piece is "Perpetual Movement". When interpreted nominally, it's a clever piece to adapt for a film that gives the illusion of being filmed in a single take.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2014 - 2:05 PM   
 By:   Matt S.   (Member)

Surprised no experts have answered this yet. I'm not an expert, but I did look at some of the film on YouTube - and the imdb details - and it is indeed the Poulenc piece. Can't recall if it's actually performed on piano onscreen (someone must remember) but the Main Titles are an adaptation of it anyway.

Farley Granger's character Philip performs the piece onscreen during the dinner party.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2014 - 10:14 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Well, this expert didn't happen to see your thread until just now, or you would have heard from me before this.

I've loved the Poulenc ever since I was a kid hearing it for the first time played by Oscar Levant on a 10" Columbia LP, "Music For Moderns." It was a great collection, including more Poulenc, plus Debussy, De Falla and others. (It's finally been released as part of a Levant CD.)

The original piece, as you can hear, is quite the light-hearted romp, nothing like the version with which Hitch began his movie. (I think it was arranged by Ray Heindorf, but I'd have to look it up to be certain after all this time.) If anyone wants to listen to that much slower, moodier, orchestral version from the film, happily, it was recorded on one of Silva's Hiftchcock anthologies.

 
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