Michel LeGrand, one of the most awarded movie composers, was commissioned by Loretta Dranoff to compose the required piece for the second Dranoff competition in 1989.
Since that time, the organization has repeatedly featured film music in newly created arrangements for 2 pianos, most recently in our partnership with the with a Coral Gables Arts Cinema. From silent funnies to large scale Westerns, brilliant music has been used to make storytelling more brilliant, instruments have enhanced the spoken stories, silence interspersed with sound made drama more dramatic.
This year, we had collaborated again with the Cinema to present a Buster Keaton film with new scores and arrangements composed by Dranoff Competition Winner Jeroen Van Veen and Mike Del Ferro. Unfortunately, COVID Travel restrictions for Europe prevent artist traveling to Miami to perform and the concert scheduled for August 29 had to be cancelled. (We hope to reschedule later in the season.)
With that in mind, we wanted to dedicate the remaining August Music Mondays letters to compositions written for the screen. I hope you’ll join me in enjoying a few minutes of being taken into the realm of the movies.
The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation