Michel Magne - Les Tontons Flingueurs
Cat. no: PCR035
Release Date: 19th March 2021
The music from Les Tontons Flingueurs (aka Crooks in Clover aka Monsieur Gangster) by French composer Michel Magne is as instantaneously recognisable as the James Bond theme, thanks to a short and recurring melodic motif that can still stick in the heads of 21st century kids.
Monothematism is a word used by musicologists to refer to the use of stylistic variations based on a single musical theme as can be heard in the Tontons : on the banjo, during the nose punch sequences, and played jazz, or blues, or Hully Gally style.
Though the Tontons music may on first listen sound nothing different than a straightforward yet catchy soundtrack, it turns out to be a real exercise in style. When reading Michel Magne’s autobiography “L’amour de vivre” it clearly appears that mixing folk music and sound experiments was a purposeful artistic choice.
Tracks: Route de Nuit / Tamour / Slow des Tontons / Tamour Hully Gully / Tontons Swing Final / Final
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