Carl Orff - Musica Poetica-01 "Gassenhauer" (1895 — 1982).
This is a piece of classical music I've always found engaging. I came across it shortly before hearing it on the soundtrack for the movie "Badlands". It is a color film, but still has the essense of the post-war emergence of "film noir" movies inspired in part by the experiences millions faced in the Second World War and the rootlessness and urbanization that began to characterize American life after the dust began to settle on a more prosperous but anxiety-filled nation.
The violence and controversy of The Vietnam War, racial tensions and the rise of teenage culture in America gave these newer 1970's "noir films" an added boost of nihilism.
Here's the trailer for the film:
'Badlands" I feel owes some of its hypnotic power to other road films of the time such as "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), "Easy Rider" (1969) and the lessviolent but disturbing "Five Easy Pieces" (1970).
All these films show characters who somehow don't fit into society and face a journey we know will not end with a rosy sunset and a new start in life.
Terence Malick's--a director who has only made a handful of features since--captured the underbelly of American life in a very unflinching way.
In the film Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek playing a pair of young Midwestern misfits--he a young adult man, she barely a teenager-- who go on a killing spree in 1959 Kansas. It was based on actual events.
A story about an outlaw couple is nothing new in itself, expect that the characters remain fully dimensional if totally reprehensible in their actions. The development of the movie is flawless in my view. This is what makes the mayhem and murders in it all the more disturbing.
Part of the reason the film works is contained in the soundtrack, which incorporates this Carl Orff masterpiece at key moments in the film.
But, of course, the music stands alone and can be appreciated by itself, which I hope you will find on display here.