Directed in 1976 by Nicolas Gessner, The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane is a successful film adaptation of a novel by Laird Koenig starring Jodi Foster and Martin Sheen. This thriller co-produced by France, Canada and the United States depicts a clever pre-adolescent, Rynn, living alone with her father in a rented house set back from the town. Some residents, distrustful of newcomers, suspect her of hiding some secret. Rynn is soon harassed by the landlady and especially by her son Frank, a pervert with pedophilic tendencies.
For scoring The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane, Gessner relied on Christian Gaubert, a musician renowned for the quality of his work as an arranger in the field of variety shows, and notably as an orchestrator for Francis Lai, but whose talent as a film composer has seldom been exploited. Here Gaubert applies a great technical expertise to fresh ideas, although his style remains dependent on his association with Lai.
The score features alternately and sometimes simultaneously, acoustic and synthetic sounds. On one hand, a formation of strings with solo cello and piano creates an intimate atmosphere, full of gentleness and melancholy; on the other, electronic instruments are used for dramatic scenes. Even in the most romantic parts with violins and piano, Gaubert sometimes uses an electric organ to hold the melody, a combination that is often found in Francis Lai’s compositions of the 1970s.
Our disc includes the 2nd movement of the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin, a work that is often heard in the film, in addition to the score by Christian Gaubert.
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1 The little girl who lives down the lane I 4:01
2 The little girl's mystery 2:10
3 A happening on a rainy day 3:57
4 A party for two 3:15
5 The mystery of the basement 1:27
6 An awakening of love 1:40
7 The little girl's father 4:01
8 My dear Mario 1:52
9 Menace 1:22
10 The little girl who lives down the lane II 4:31
11 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor op. 11 9:36
TOTAL TIME: 38:01