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Music by Guy Farley

posted Jan 25, 2014, 9:38 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Feb 15, 2014, 6:31 PM ]
If you've already seen one of the viewings in Brooklyn or Queens of Mary of Nazareth, you may have noticed in the credits “Music by Guy Farley.” He is the composer of the film’s score. Sometimes called background music or incidental music, a “film score” is original music written specifically to accompany a film. It forms part of the soundtrack, which also includes dialogue, sound effects, and songs. Songs are not considered part of the score, although occasionally the composer will write one based on his musical themes from the score; like when James Horner wrote "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic for Celine Dion. 
Movie background music comes from practical reasons, not artistic. Something was needed to drown the noise of the projector! Before talkies, movie theaters usually used a pianist or organist, who upon certain cues, played pre-composed selections categorized by moods such as dark, sad, suspense, action, chase, etc. But these live accompanists faded out with sound, and by the 1950’s, “dramatic” film scoring rose to a new level of art.

Guy Farley is a British musician who played piano on Duran Duran's “Starting to Remember” and worked on "Tonight" by Amy Winehouse for the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. He’s also a leading composer for the international film scene. In addition to Mary of Nazareth, in the US he scored The Flock starring Richard Gere and Claire Danes, and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey with Joely Richardson and Tom Berenger. 

You have two opportunities to see (and hear) Mary of Nazareth this week; it’s showing at 6:30 pm this Monday and Wednesday evening (January 27 & 29) at Manhattan’s Cinema Village, just off Union Square, conveniently close to the F subway. For more information, email Maryfilm@ihmbrooklyn.org.