Also if you have actually never ever seen the 1957 hit music West Side Tale, I"ll wager you can hum the song from "Tonight," "Maria," "America" or any type of variety of the program"s trademark tracks as well as dancing items on command.West Side Tale is simply

that legendary, and also Leonard Bernstein"s songs for the program has actually settled simply that deeply in American culture.On the celebration of the 100th wedding anniversary of author

, conductor as well as pianist Leonard Bernstein"s birthday celebration, ball game for the 1961 movie adjustment of West Side Tale is the emphasis of this episode of SoundReels, Timeless 101's movie songs podcast.Soundtrack:|ArkivMusic Directed by Robert Wise as well as Jerome Robbins,

the movie adjustment of West Side Tale took 10 Academy Honors, consisting of for Ideal Photo and also Ideal Songs Rating for an Activity Picture.Saul Chaplin, Johnny Eco-friendly, Irwin Kostal and also Sid Ramin scoredBernstein "s songs forWest Side Story.You could assume Tony as well as Maria are the protagonist in West Side Story.But as the claiming goes, and also as we" ll see in this episode of SoundReels, the evil one

remains in the information-- of the music score.Set in New york city City, West Side Tale plays out the timeless story of Romeo as well as Juliet in between Tony, a first-generation Polish-American, as well as Maria, a Puerto Rican immigrant.The fans populate contrary sides of a social and also ethnic divide personified by 2 warring road gangs, the Jets and also the Sharks.The really initially 2 notes of Bernstein"s songs for the movie adjustment of West Side Tale caution of this department and also difficulty ahead.Those 2 notes detail the period called a tritone, which separates the octave in fifty percent. Due to its unstable and also wicked audio, Middle ages songs philosophers called the tritone"the evil one in songs."You can listen to the tritone at the very start of the movie"s opening up scene:!.?.!Throughout the movie, as well as on every degree of ball game, this music divider panel stands for the department in between the Jets as well as the Sharks and also-- regardless of their much better initiatives-- in between Tony as well as Maria that plays out as dramaticconflict to awful effect.In Tony "s like aria" Maria, "the tritone shows up on the initial 2 syllables of Maria"s name(at min 3:04 right into the clip):!.?.!The tritone likewise appears at the start of the track"Cool," which Ice sings to his fellow Jets after a grumble that runs strongly amok:!.?.!And-- looter sharp!-- the tritone makes its means right into Tony and also Maria "s like duet"Someplace"at the end of the movie, after the

tale transforms tragic.Join me as well as co-host Jon Sherman, associate teacher of movie at Kenyon University, for this episode of SoundReels as well as satisfy the adversary in person in Bernstein"s remarkable, acclaimed rating for

West Side Story.Enjoy a lot more episodes of SoundReels right here, as well as pay attention to much more excellent movie songs throughout the Summertime Celebration of American Movie Songs onThe American Noise, Saturdays at 6 p.m. and also Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Timeless

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