The melody of the movie Cloud Atlas (2012) is so haunting that it’s possible to loop it in a forever trance. It’s much slower than I had thought when I first sightread it. Not having seen the movie, I’m only guessing that the motif is the common thread throughout. Here’s a 30 minute version that can be used as background music or for meditation.
I first heard of the book when I was queuing to meet the author David Mitchell in Amsterdam. I waited patiently among strangers. He chatted with me and signed the book. I felt compelled to read it and write a short review. It was by no means an easy read but the way he constructed the twisting plot fascinated me. I knew that the composer and his music was very important in the story but to actually get such work composed for the movie was another matter, definitely an ambitious feat.
To my audience last Friday 28th February, in my concert to prelude the 86th Oscars, I said that the story was about reincarnation and deja vu, spanning over many generations and many lands, the past, the present and the future. It was the perfect beginning to allow me to introduce music from movies set in France, England, America, and New Zealand. In between, I managed to squeeze in the Oscar-winning original song “Let It Go” from the animated film “Frozen.”
There are many versions for piano, arranged by enthusiastic fans. As I have yet to find a very easy piece for beginners, I decided to try my luck. Next step is to put finger markings. [Click on the sample below to get the two-page PDF.]