Filmmusic

For the music, Grube and Breitenstein turned to the young German composer Oliver Heise, whose reputation as a musician of note had been secured when he received top honours in a film composer's competition in Bonn, Germany. Heise's large-scale, complex score made use of the full Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, with special solos for sitar, tabla, Asian flutes, and a piano which Heise himself played. Heise's music runs the gamut of styles, ranging from expansive orchestral themes, intimate writing for piano and strings, long sections of innovative pizzicato performances, powerful timpani-led action music, and unusual dissonant orchestration and harmonic techniques which, at times, were reminiscent of the work of Paul Hindemith.
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