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 Posted:   Aug 25, 2007 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)



This is a lovely little romantic score by John Williams. I find it very relaxing, like a fresh summer breeze. Very nice score.

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2007 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   afn   (Member)

This is one of Williams' ABSOLUTE finest and most elegant scores from start to finish, not a single note or chord which isn't perfect.

And it shows Williams as a brilliant songwriter: "Moonlight" and "How can I remember" are among the most beautiful songs I know, especially with the achingly heartbreaking lyrics to the latter by the legendary Bergmans.

When I'm feeling really down I listen to SABRINA, it's true, and it puts me back on track, it has a deeply ...soothing quality somehow, warm, tender, heartfelt, but always honest, never pulling any strings. Just perfect music. Thank you for mentioning it.

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2007 - 6:09 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

I concur about the elegant and superb score, but for me the songs are another thing. MOONLIGHT works better as leit motif than sung (specially with THAT singer, probably taken from the LOVE BOAT), and the other one is not really a good melody...

Williams had much much much better songs in the 70-80s.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2007 - 6:09 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

This is a wonderful, wonderful score---and of a style that no one can or does write any more with such effortless success.

(Too bad there's a quota on talk about melodic, romantic scores on this board. I'll have to say what I have to say quickly and sign off! smile )

Williams' work was, unfortunately, attached to a "failed" film remake and has not received the due it should have. Strangely enough, though written some 40 years after Hollander's score for the original Billy Wilder production of SABRINA, it would probably fit perfectly into that original film, with its style and grace.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2007 - 9:23 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

I have a soft spot for this one too. Of course I love the fantasy / adventure John Williams, but this more romantic, more "adult" score was a wonderful change of pace (and I get the sense that Mr. Williams found it a refreshing change of pace as well).

The CD doesn't credit the excellent pianist however. Does anyone know who it was? Mike Lang? Randy Kerber? Ralph Grierson? Mr. Williams himself?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2007 - 5:29 AM   
 By:   TownerFan   (Member)

The CD doesn't credit the excellent pianist however. Does anyone know who it was? Mike Lang? Randy Kerber? Ralph Grierson? Mr. Williams himself?

It should be John Williams himself who plays the piano on the main theme. I remember I read something on an old Boston Globe interview.

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2007 - 5:39 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

...and nice to see it's still available easily. smile

NP: Morricone conducts Morricone (Munich 2004)

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2007 - 6:29 AM   
 By:   kingtolkien   (Member)

It really is a superb score but I think thta the song is very similar with MAKE ME RAINBOWS from FITZWILLY

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2007 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Ed   (Member)

Strangely enough, though written some 40 years after Hollander's score for the original Billy Wilder production of SABRINA, it would probably fit perfectly into that original film, with its style and grace.

I've always wondered if Williams was more inspired by the original (and by the luminous Ms. Hepburn) than the remake. As you say, his music seems tailor-made for the original as well. It wouldn't be the first time Williams went outside the film for inspiration: his notes on SPACECAMP suggest he wanted an opportunity to write about NASA's exploration of space and this little film just fit the bill.

Anyhow, SABRINA is a excellent score. Does anyone else prefer "How Can I Remember" to "In The Moonlight"?

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2007 - 2:24 PM   
 By:   kingtolkien   (Member)

I do.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2007 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

My opinion on the score, as excerpted from this previous SABRINA thread:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=37940&forumID=1&archive=1

"SABRINA is a casual listening experience for heavy Sundays and hang-overs. Nice, but somewhat too sugary. Interesting to note that the song "Moonlight" is pretty much the same melody as "Make Me Rainbows" from FITZWILLY."

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2007 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

I remember JW conducting this cue with a soloist violin in a concert. Is there a recording of this arrangement? It was beautiful and quite different from the mostly piano OST.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2007 - 5:05 PM   
 By:   KMA   (Member)

I remember JW conducting this cue with a soloist violin in a concert. Is there a recording of this arrangement? It was beautiful and quite different from the mostly piano OST.

The Cinema Serenade CD (SK 63005) includes the theme from Sabrina played by Itzhak Perlman. It is probably the concert arrangement you heard.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2007 - 8:29 PM   
 By:   BostonSteven   (Member)

I prefer "How Can I Remember" yes; I'm a pianist in Boston area, and once worked with an amateur singer, and we had the occasion to perform that song (as a piano/vocal duo) in a cabaret setting ("Don't Tell Mama's" in NYC, off Broadway) almost 10 yrs. ago.

One of my favorite Romantic scores, period.. and I play that theme alot on my solo piano jobs (by ear) if I could post my HTML to my website you could hear me play it in a posted mp3 recording there. or shall I "spread out" the URL here (sue me) stevenhiggs homestead com

Am new here, just found it via a link from the JWfan-network site, to this message board.


Steven

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 26, 2009 - 6:49 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I just watched this movie for the first time.

It's a "chick flick"-type thing that I've really not had the interest to see before, but in my recent Williams discovery trip, I had to cross it off the list.

It's quite nice, a typical romantic comedy with all the known ingredients - threesome drama, the "fairy" Sabrina being the dreamy girl in love with her childhood fantasy, yet ends up saving the cynical, pragmatic third person - who, in turn, injects her with a sense of real life and commitment. The rush to the airport to kiss and make up after a painful farewell. The rich man vs. the everyday girl. Etcetera, etcetera.

Some would perhaps call it a bit clichéed and anachronistic (after all, it was a remake of a 1950's hit, if I remember correctly), but it delivers what it promises. Sydney Pollack being the eminent "craftsman", he knows this stuff. But none of it is terribly innovative or aweinspiring, except Ford's acting, which is excellent as always.

Williams' suave music is an easy throwback to his laidback jazzy style of the 60's, including the big band source cues and songs.

In short, it's all very elegant.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 26, 2009 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   TownerFan   (Member)

This film is downright embarassing for all the talent involved (Ford, Pollack, Williams). It's an horrendous movie. I don't know who is to blame for thinking about the possibility of remaking such a wonderful Billy Wilder film. Oh, well, at least we got a pleasant, lyrical Williams score out of it! smile

It's nice Williams still plays the main theme regularly in concert. I always thought he composed the score while thinking about the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn and the original Wilder film. In fact, this impression was confirmed when last year he performed the theme during one of his Boston Pops gigs and he introduced the piece saying something like "I always thought that SABRINA will always and only be the wonderful Audrey Hepburn"...

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 26, 2009 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

This film is downright embarassing for all the talent involved (Ford, Pollack, Williams). It's an horrendous movie.

I think that's a bit harsh. It's not a great film, but it's pretty decent within its genre (which is not that exciting in the first place, at least not to me). Much of the quality that there is stems almost exclusively from Ford's acting, IMO.

It's nice Williams still plays the main theme regularly in concert. I always thought he composed the score while thinking about the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn and the original Wilder film. In fact, this impression was confirmed when last year he performed the theme during one of his Boston Pops gigs and he introduced the piece saying something like "I always thought that SABRINA will always and only be the wonderful Audrey Hepburn"...

That's nice. Of course, he was also fortunate to score a couple of films that actually had Audrey Hepburn starring in them (HTSAM, ALWAYS).

 
 Posted:   Apr 26, 2009 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

This film is downright embarassing for all the talent involved (Ford, Pollack, Williams). It's an horrendous movie. I don't know who is to blame for thinking about the possibility of remaking such a wonderful Billy Wilder film. Oh, well, at least we got a pleasant, lyrical Williams score out of it! smile

It's nice Williams still plays the main theme regularly in concert. I always thought he composed the score while thinking about the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn and the original Wilder film. In fact, this impression was confirmed when last year he performed the theme during one of his Boston Pops gigs and he introduced the piece saying something like "I always thought that SABRINA will always and only be the wonderful Audrey Hepburn"...


I've been meaning to watch this film again for some time ... I bought the DVD because I enjoyed the (TV) viewing so much. Having heard such dreadful things about it I found the film highly enjoyable and involving. A lovely romantic drama played well by its leading actors and supporting cast.

I have the original Audrey Hepburn film on DVD (for over 6 years), too, but haven't gotten around to watching it yet (I'm not a fan of either Bogart or Holden and there's always something else to watch) so maybe I'll think less of the remake when I finally watch it.

I don't recall the music in the film ... it must have been okay because I bought the CD and yes, it is an ejoyable listen (though I could do without Sting's and Michael Dees' vocals - neither are to my taste).

But nice as it is, surely the score is completely overshadowed (swamped) by the long cue The Party Sequence running nearly 11 minutes. Now maybe it's because I know each of the four songs incorporated in this sequence but the track seems to stand head and shoulders above the underscore.

All credit to Mr. Williams for his arrangement of these tunes - they sound wonderful - but I do find the score rather forgettable in comparison. Perhaps I should try playing the CD leaving out the two vocals and this long track.

 
 Posted:   Apr 26, 2009 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

I picked up this DVD for my Wife a few months ago - I thought it was just an "okay" movie, that kinda wore out its welcome - also, there's something about the ending with Ford getting the girl that just kinda bugged me.

Anyway, the Williams score did not do too much for me, as well - I don't think I could sit through a second viewing of this movie - I will have to check out the original version of the film...:-)


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 Posted:   Apr 26, 2009 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

SPOILER!

I picked up this DVD for my Wife a few months ago - I thought it was just an "okay" movie, that kinda wore out its welcome - also, there's something about the ending with Ford getting the girl that just kinda bugged me.


I know what you mean. Of course, it's totally logical in a purely narrative sense, but I kinda pictured an ending where NONE of the brothers got her and that she instead ended up happy in her former French boyfriend's hands.

 
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