20h17 rue Darling

Original music for the film by Bernard Émond

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20h17 rue Darling
J’aime pas la mer (2002), 2m23s [excerpt]
Track 1 from 20h17 rue Darling
CD: Ambiances Magnétiques (2003) AM 108

Robert Marcel Lepage composes film music. Robert Marcel Lepage composes a lot of film music. The musician who put his music for Full Blast on compact disc has now done the same for us with 20h17 rue Darling.

A bewitching musical theme overlays this full-length film by Bernard Émond. The second movement of Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio (for piano, violin and cello) interweaves with the haunting, dark lyricism of Robert Marcel Lepage’s film music, in which low chords form the dominant; the film music also mingles with the evanescent voice of the journalist in the film, Gérard (played by Luc Picard). Voice, sound effects, original music and pre-recorded music form an indissociable whole. What is fascinating here is that Lepage has written music for 20h17 rue Darling that is completely original even though it is impregnated with the pieces that he has chosen from Beethoven, and he has wed his music to the rhythms, the melancholic harmonies, and the powerful essence of the stringed instruments.

The relationship between the soundtrack of a film and an autonomous recording is, on the whole, a very unusual one. When recorded on disc, we call these pieces “original tracks,” even though they are no more than pieces drawn from a film that have been unbound and freed from all sound effects and voices. Few discs born of a film dare to select the soundtrack in its entirety, yet this is what Robert Marcel Lepage has done with 20h17 rue Darling. The composer has held true to his vision that the film music and the other sound elements must move forward in parallel, must develop in coherence and unity, must play their role together in a single musical entity. Now and then a disc comes along that finds subtle, stealthy ways of revealing such a vision.

Track Listing

    • 1
      J’aime pas la mer (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m23s
    • 2
      Sonate pour piano et violon no 7 en do mineur, op 30 no 2 (excerpt)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m25s
    • 3
      Le sinistre (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m16s
    • 4
      Rien comme un scotch… (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m00s
    • 5
      Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m27s
    • 6
      Les Histoires sont sacrées (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m57s
    • 7
      Sonate pour piano no 21 en do majeur «Waldstein»: Introduzione. Adagio molto — attacca, op 53 (excerpt)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m25s
    • 8
      (Premier Fantôme): Trio no 5 en mi bémol majeur, opus 70 no 1 («Fantôme») (excerpt)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m05s
    • 9
      Nocturne à 20h17 (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m04s
    • 10
      La Valse de la rue Laurier (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m08s
    • 11
      Deuxième Fantôme (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m37s
    • 12
      Le Diable (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m31s
    • 13
      Nocturne à 20h17 (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      37s
    • 14
      Les décombres (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m32s
    • 15
      Sur la montagne (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m05s
    • 16
      Chez-nous (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m44s
    • 17
      Sonate pour piano et violon no 5 en fa majeur «Le Printemps», op 24 (excerpt)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m32s
    • 18
      Maniwaki (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m06s
    • 19
      Le noyé (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m15s
    • 20
      La Valse de la rue Laurier (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m04s
    • 21
      Troisième Fantôme (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m47s
    • 22
      Y’a plus d’air… (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m45s
    • 23
      Nocturne à 20h17 (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m05s
Total duration: 46m50s