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5.24.2005 

album of the week


Stanley Kubrick was not the first auteur to use classical music, but he was the first to really change how we would look at classical music and on a regular business. . He re-conceptualized the pieces, creating new permanent meanings and associations. You cannot think of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" or "Blue Danube" without picturing the black monolith or the spinning space stations of 2001. Thinking back on Clockwork Orange, Beethoven's 9th merges with Alex sitting in the lobotomy chair, his eyes pulled open. The uses of this music can be profound (Barry Lyndon), ironic (Dr. Strangelove) or haunting (Shining). Any way the music is used , Kubrick has taken possession of these works.

Also Sprach Zarathustra
Requiem for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs and Orchestra
Lunar Landscape
The Blue Danube
Gayne Ballet Suite (Adagio)
Atmospheres
The Blue Danube
Also Sprach Zarathustra

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