Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
The Charioteers of Ben-Hur
The swashbuckling Ancient Roman epic Ben-Hur is almost certain to occupy a place on any list of the ten most iconic American-made films. If its length (nearly three-and-a-half hours), its cast of thousands, its budget ($15 million 1959 dollars), or the double-digit string (11) of Academy awards it won don’t convince you, then maybe its lavish spectacle and its brilliant musical score will.
The Hungarian-born MiklÃ³s RÃ³zsa composed the score, which won one of those 11 Oscars, and which contains some of the most adrenaline-laden moments in all of film music literature.
One of those great musical moments is The March of the Charioteers, now well known as a stand-alone piece for the concert hall and airwaves.Â The video clip above melds this stunning music with spectacle and action into a satisfying dramatic whole.
And never fear – I’ve left the chariot racing to your imagination.