Just added to our Wedding Ceremony Music repertoire is the main theme from the movie “The Great Beauty.”
The Italian movie that won the Academy Award in 2014 for Best Foreign Language Film, “La Grande Bellezza” has a beautiful theme and a very diverse soundtrack.
With abundant party scenes and wild Roman nights, the film ends with a long point-of-view shot photographed from a boat chugging up Rome’s Tiber River. It’s a beautiful journey and very simple. Or it wouldn’t be, if not for the music accompanying the image.
Listen below and see if you would include the song as one of the Best Movie Soundtrack Songs for a Wedding Ceremony.
In the movie’s closing shot, the director Paolo Sorrentino uses in its five-minute entirety “The Beatitudes” by contemporary Russian composer Vladimir Martynov. It was written in 1998 as a choral piece. The Kronos Quartet commissioned a string arrangement of the music in 2006. Nonesuch Records released the Kronos recording “Music of Vladimir Martynov” last year.
One film critic characterized the experience of listening to Martynov’s “Beatitudes” as being “tortured by beauty.” I know what he meant; It was reported that at the close of the film’s Cannes premiere, an astonishing number of people sat, or stood, transfixed, straight through to the end, even with deadlines to meet or parties to attend (this was close to midnight). The end-credits music chosen by Sorrentino was just too beautiful to miss. ~ Michael Taylor
Our String Ensembles regularly are asked to write musical arrangements that are not available for purchase. Over time, we have amassed one of the largest music libraries of Classical, Popular Love Songs, Rock Ballads, Top 40 Songs, Film Themes & Movie Soundtracks ~ all arranged for various trios, quartets and larger ensembles that perform for wedding ceremonies.