Thursday, February 25, 2010

Something for Thursday

Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi is one of my favorite composers working today. He is best known as the composer of the music for all of Hayao Miyazaki's films, and he is as central to there emotional fabric as John Williams is to Stephen Spielberg's or George Lucas's films. Here is a wonderful piano and solo violin arrangement of a theme Hisaishi wrote for My Neighbor Totoro, called "Tunnel of Wind":

Here's another version that is much closer to what is actually heard in the film:

Interesting to hear the difference, eh?

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