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The music of The Eagle film of Rosemary Sutcliff‘s historical novel for children and young adults The Eagle of the Ninth came in for praise in a review in Boston in the US. The reviewer commented that Atli Orvarsson‘s score for The Eagle “evokes true majesty” and “brings us into the film’s world”.
Although perhaps not quite a household name within soundtrack circles, Icelandic composer Atli Orvarsson has a lot of sonic potential lurking under his belt, with his score for director Kevin MacDonald’s The Eagle serving as his best offering to date. (more…)
On Desert Island Discs in 1983 Rosemary Sutcliff’s fifth choice was a military lament, and bagpipes music. The bagpipes were her favourite instrument. She chose a version of “The Flowers of the Forest” played by the pipes & drums of the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards, perhaps reflecting also her love of all things military. This is the traditional lament for the fallen (people killed) in forces of the British Commonwealth.
Tom Lehrer did not figure in Rosemary Sutcliff’s Desert Island Discs choices; but both she and my mother – they were great friends – loved the satirical songs of Tom Lehrer. And the visit of the Pope to the UK reminds me of a Lehrer song The Vatican Rag which they would undoubtedly have known from record and then also from watching in the 1970s Marty Feldman’s take on the song. (more…)
Rosemary Sutcliff, the famous novelist, talked about her life and work and chose eight records to take to the mythical desert island of Desert Island Discs on October 1st 1983. Interviewed by Roy Plomley, she said she chose her music just “because she loved it”. Her first choice was Dvorak’s New World Symphony, played by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Istvan Kertesz. (Choice Two tomorrow!) (more…)
This Rosemary Sutcliff blog has been suffering, whether for posts about her as an author, her children’s books and historical novels or new The Eagle of the Ninth film. Posting has been hindered by a new day job for the blog’s author – who is helping with the wonderful new Pontio project at Bangor University in North Wales. (more…)
Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical fiction novel about Islam, Blood and Sand, was made into a Japanese musical called ‘Love and Death in Arabia’ starring Matubo Sei of The Takarazuka Revue (宝塚歌劇団). Researching this on the internet has been completely absorbing and fascinating. Although my Japanese is poor, and Google translator unreliable, I have found more information (more…)