"With a film that deals with the heady existential poetry of Renaissance poet, John Donne (1572-1631) - in particular his Holy Sonnets, the most familiar being "Death Be Not Proud" - an easy and logical route for music selection would be towards music of the Renaissance, perhaps heavy on the harpsichord or lute. From working with Mike during the final editing process, it became clear that the film needed a different musical approach. The use of Arvo Parts Spiegel im Spiegel particularly struck a nerve - both poignant and calming in several scenes."
The music heard in "Wit":
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 15 (2nd movement)
Arvo Part - Spiegel im Spiegel
Charles Ives - The Unanswered Question
Henri Gorecki - Symphony No. 3 (2nd movement)
am pleased to have worked with Mike on the early stages of production
for "Angels in America." In addition to providing some pre-recorded
music for filming and for the initial screening to HBO executives
prior to the engagement of Hollywood composer Thomas Newman, I worked
with the art directors by providing digital photos of various San
Francisco locations, which they used for the creation of sets for
the filming in Rome at Hadrian's Villa. This movie is not to be missed.
The cast includes Al Pacino as Roy Cohn, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey
Wright, Patrick Wilson, Meryl Streep (who makes for a remarkably convincing
octogenarian rabbi), and Emma Thompson (who appears as the Angel,
a homeless woman, and a nurse)."
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