Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Soundtrack: Torrents Of Spring (Stanley Myers)


The rather rare soundtrack to Nastassja's 1989 production, Torrents Of Spring, is quite a beauty and is well worth searching out. Composed by award winning Stanley Myers, Torrents Of Spring's soundtrack is a wonderful listen and is filled with much of the emotion and longing that characterizes the best of Myer's great output.
British born Myers came into this world just before Halloween in 1930. After attending the famed King Edward's High School in Birmingham, Myers became more and more interested in music and specifically composing.
His first film score came just past his 25th birthday with the 1958 British production Murder Reported. This assignment led to many different projects in British film and television throughout the sixties.

In 1970, Myer's released "Cavatina", a stunningly beautiful piece that would find its way onto one of Myer's most famous soundtrack projects, Michael Cimino's 1978 masterpiece The Deer Hunter.
Myer's had already worked on a variety of films before meeting up with the legendary Cimino, including a couple of very notable horror productions from Pete Walker, but with the maverick director Myer's found his perfect sound and it is impossible to imagine most of Cimino's best films without the heartfelt and powerful music Myers provided for him.
Myers would find another key cinematic collaborator in Nicolas Roeg and he would score several of the great Roeg's productions through the eighties and nineties. Myers would tragically pass away just pass his sixtieth birthday due to Cancer in November of 1993.
Torrents Of Spring is not one of Myer's best known scores but it is a delight none the less, with special note going to the warm and loving "Maria's Theme" which was written for Nastassja's character in the film.
The 14 track album was released first on vinyl in 1989 and later came out on an Italian CD in 2000. It is currently out of print and used copies go for big prices as you can see here.
It is a valuable album and well worth having so if you do happen to stumble across a copy, don't hesitate in picking it up.

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