The music for The Divine Comedy
movies will involve musicians of the highest artistic caliber
with an excellent record in soundtrack composition. The purpose
of a good soundtrack is to completely transport the audience to
Dante's journey. The music along with a great script,
will transform this movie into an experience of itself rather
than just one more film to see in the theaters.
The two cue samples of music for this project below were composed
by Gordon McGhie (first cue) and David Noble
(second cue) and both directed by Boris Acosta.
The First cue titled "Mountain Foothill" refers
to this passage written by Dante on the first canto of Inferno:
the middle of the journey of our life, I re-found
myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost. .........
The time was at the beginning of the morning, and the sun
was mounting up with all those stars, that were with him when
Divine Love first moved all delightful things, so that the hour
of day, and the sweet season, gave me fair hopes of that creature
with the bright pelt. But not so fair that I could avoid fear
at the sight of a lion, that appeared, and seemed to come at me,
with raised head and rabid hunger, so that it seemed the air itself
was afraid; and a she-wolf that looked full of craving in its
leanness, and, before now, has made many men live in sadness.
She brought me such heaviness of fear, from the aspect of her
face, that I lost all hope of ascending. And as one who is eager
for gain, weeps, and is afflicted in his thoughts, if the moment
arrives when he loses, so that creature, without rest, made me
like him: and coming at me, little by little, drove me back to
where the sun is silent.
The Second cue titled "The Judecca" refers
to this passage written by Dante on canto 33 of Inferno:
Regis prodeunt inferni, the banners of the King of Hell advance
towards us: so look in front of you to see if you discern him,
said my Master (VIRGIL). I seemed to see a tall structure, as
a mill, that the wind turns, seems from a distance, when a dense
mist breathes, or when night falls in our hemisphere, and I shrank
back behind my guide, because of the wind, since there was no
I had already come, and with fear I put it into words, where
the souls were completely enclosed, and shone through like straw
in glass. Some are lying down, some stand upright, one on its
head, another on the soles of its feet, another bent head to foot,
like a bow.
When we had gone on far enough, that my guide was able to
show me Lucifer, the monster who was once so fair, he removed
himself from me, and made me stop, saying: Behold Dis, and behold
the place where you must arm yourself with courage. Reader, do
not ask how chilled and hoarse I became, then, since I do not
write it, since all words would fail to tell it. I did not die,
yet I was not alive. Think, yourself, now, if you have any grain
of imagination, what I became, deprived of either state.
The emperor of the sorrowful kingdom stood (LUCIFER), waist
upwards, from the ice, and I am nearer to a giant in size than
the giants are to one of his arms: think how great the whole is
that corresponds to such a part. If he was once as fair, as he
is now ugly, and lifted up his forehead against his Maker, well
may all evil flow from him. O how great a wonder it seemed to
me, when I saw three faces on his head! The one in front was fiery
red: the other two were joined to it, above the centre of each
shoulder, and linked at the top, and the right hand one seemed
whitish-yellow: the left was black to look at, like those who
come from where the Nile rises. Under each face sprang two vast
wings, of a size fit for such a bird: I never saw ships sails
as wide. They had no feathers, but were like a bats in form and
texture, and he was flapping them, so that three winds blew out
away from him, by which all Cocytus was frozen. He wept from six
eyes, and tears and bloody spume gushed down three chins.
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A large number or musicians have used The Divine Comedy
name in ways completely unrelated to Dante's work, only
to attract attention. It may be that some have done so appropriately,
but up to now, we have not heard any music directly related to
this piece of art. So, if anyone has composed any music for The
Divine Comedy, please let us know.