“ Once again, Robert gave a description of a selection that I am quite unfamiliar with, so I decided to have a listen to find out what he is referring to.
I found this to be quite pleasant; nothing in it, however, that would cause me to emote to the point of quickly having to grab a tissue to wipe any tears. To be sure, there are musical selections that will elicit such a reaction from me, but these are very subjective, and I would presume to say, different for all listeners even if there may in some cases be some points of contact in that regard. I do not experience such a reaction in this case.
The music could certainly be described as romantic in its own manner, with a section in the middle that is far distant from any traditional harmonic language. The whole aspect of it made me think, quite rightly, that it is excerpted from a film sound track, and as such, is quite different from anything I would habitually associate with Percy Faith, and this would include two of his own compositions of a reflective nature such as "Music Until Midnight" and "Contrasts;" the latter piece in particular typifying Faith for me at his absolute best in that regard.
Andre Previn was indeed a multi-talented figure, but we must not forget Leonard Bernstein in that respect either, even though his connection with light music was even more tenuous than that of Andre Previn.
I should point out that in an album featuring an orchestra conducted by Frank Sinatra, with selections intended to depict various colors, composed by a variety of figures including Victor Young, Alec Wilder, Nelson Riddle, Jeff Alexander, Elmer Bernstein and Billy May, the final selection in the album, representing the color Red, is a fiery affair composed by Andre Previn, and in truth, this was my first introduction to his work. ”