A scene from Alfred Hitchcock
As I was walking in the Market Place today, All the seats were occupied with pigeons standing like soldiers in rows on every bench backrest in front of the pound bakery and the Nationwide Bank, Very Weird and in my head was this tune
de dum de de de de dum de dum, de dum de de de de dum de dum,
Started: 7th Dec 2023 at 14:51
Did you ever see Mel Brooks' parody of it in the movie, 'High Anxiety'?
Funeral March of a Marionette
Replied: 7th Dec 2023 at 15:14
The music was originally scored for solo piano, then later for orchestral performance.
But the familiar version associated with Alfred Hitchcock is Bernard Herrmann's arrangement of the piece: less gentle and transposed up a third to render it rather more dramatic. Bernard Herrmann was extremely skilled at such like composition.
Hitchcock himself has said he thought that a third of the dramatic tension attained in his productions is attributable to Herrmann's music.
So today, we oft see remakes of films that were successful for Hitchcock, but without Herrmann's music.
And people express surprise when they flop.
Replied: 7th Dec 2023 at 16:36
A few years ago, I met Bernard Herrman wearing his stetsun hat and cowboy boots when he visited the premises of my first job along with a man called Hindley Taylor who taught Ken Dodd to sing.
My 15 minutes of Warhol fame!
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Replied: 8th Dec 2023 at 12:05
Tom have you seen the PAD for Dec 6th
Replied: 10th Dec 2023 at 20:47
I've just looked and, yes, that is what I saw,,,
Replied: 10th Dec 2023 at 21:30
There used to be Council signs up in outdoor areas of The Galleries:
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE PIGEONS
You could face a fine. Please help keep our town, buildings and pavements clean.
Pigeons aren’t mentioned specifically on the Council website, but I think that’d come under: ‘Failure to comply with a street litter control notice’ - www.wigan.gov.uk
Replied: 10th Dec 2023 at 22:33
What sort of numbskull feeds birds with bread anyway? It kills them.
Replied: 10th Dec 2023 at 23:16
A few SPARROW HAWKS will do very nicely .clear all the trash away !
Replied: 11th Dec 2023 at 15:23
A Sparrow Hawk wouldn't be able to do what a pigeon named Cher Ami did ...look it up.
Replied: 11th Dec 2023 at 15:51
Better off with Peregrine falcons.
Replied: 11th Dec 2023 at 17:12
I've seen them being use to keep airport runways clear.
Replied: 11th Dec 2023 at 17:15