Joela Jones on Batman (1989)

Joela Jones on Batman (1989)


Hello. My name is Joela Jones and I’m the
principal keyboardist with The Cleveland Orchestra, and we’re going to
be performing on August 23rd and 25th, Friday and Sunday, the complete film
score of the movie Batman. When you’re watching a movie at home, I think the
dialogue and the visual becomes more important and the music seems to fade
into the background. What makes it different at Severance Hall is because the
music is live it comes much– it becomes alive, and comes much more to the fore.
The music to Batman was composed by Danny Elfman. He’s probably the second most
popular Hollywood film composer after, of course, the famous John Williams. He is
well-known in all his scores for not only using orchestral instruments, but
for combining digital sounds with the orchestral instruments. And so he put a
lot of those extraneous sounds on the synthesizer, which is a keyboard
instrument played just like a piano but you push in certain different sounds and
there are sounds like groans and squeaks and metallic sounds and scraping sounds and
moaning sounds and some bells and gongs plus the pipe organ is used and that is
also played on the synthesizer. So for this performance we’re actually using
four different keyboard instruments. We’re using a regular piano, a regular
celesta, and then two synthesizers because they sometimes play at the same
time and one is moaning in the there is groaning. In preparing to play a
film score, actually all members of The Cleveland Orchestra approach it very
similarly to playing any orchestral composition that we perform. We are very
diligent we’re very detailed and we’re very
thorough and we take everything we do very seriously. Just because it’s a film
score and not a Beethoven symphony makes no difference to us.

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