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I'm working on a concert band arrangement of a medley of tunes to play in our community band's annual pops concert. The medley's theme will be movie theme ballads where the music is (to me) exceptionally moving yet has been mostly forgotten. In many cases the movie has been forgotten, too. Perhaps rightfully so.

The selection is based on movies I've watched. So far, I've made these preliminary selections:

High Road to China, by John Barry
The Eyes of Love, by Quincy Jones from "Banning"
Two For the Road, by Henry Mancini
Most of All You, by Howard James Newton from "Major League"
And We Were Lovers, by Jerry Goldsmith from "Sand Pebbles"
Calling You, by Bob Telson from "Bagdad Cafe"

Which ones I include will depend on how affordable the derivative works licenses are and whether I can even get those permissions.

I was considering the tune that Dudley Moore plays on the piano in "10," but I watched it the other night, and the tune didn't move me like it did when I first saw the movie some 25 years ago.

In the meantime, if you have suggestions for other such tunes I should consider, please respond here. Thanks.
 

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Maybe it was because of the movie itself, but I've never gotten the theme in "Glory" out of my mind; very moving.
 

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A few that I remember but would consider:

"Emily" from "The Americanization of Emily" (!!!!)
"The Shadow of Your Smile", also known as Love Theme from 'The Sandpiper',
"Moon River" by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini in 1961, for whom it won that year's Academy Award for Best Original Song
"Laura" (1944)

Must they have been mostly forgotten by most or forgotten by you?
Obviously at least a couple (all?) of those are well known.
 

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I didn't see Glory. I'll have to give it a look. Emily fits my criteria well. I don't know why I didn't think of that one. The other three are too well known. I want tunes that the average audience member cannot pinpoint. Thanks.
 

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How about another Mancini tune: 'Charade' from the movie of the same name.
Watch a couple of Coen brothers films and look for Carter Burwell. His melodies are sometimes pretty cool.
 

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The theme from "The High and Mighty"?
Unusual intervallic structure for such a song.
 

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Movie music

How about "Suo Gan" from the movie, Empire of the Sun. Its a Welsh lullably. Played it in a sax quartet, and it is a very beautiful piece.

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"Somewhere" Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story.

Sorry, didn't look at how stale the thread was...
 

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I was considering the tune that Dudley Moore plays on the piano in "10," but I watched it the other night, and the tune didn't move me like it did when I first saw the movie some 25 years ago.
Yeah - there a parts of '10' that can be very 'moving' especially for the younger man ;)
 

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I was thinking of "Charade" but Haku beat me to it. Might be a good idea to check out other works by Mancini too.
 

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Forgotten favourites.

Melly Chlistmas Mr Lawrence. :D

Picnic at hanging rock. Very haunting.

The music from the Trinity brothers movies.
 

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Casablanca: As Time Goes By
 
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