Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Five Fingers of Death Warmed Over

You're nearing the lunatic fringe
Keep hearing that tune you'll unhinge
But this beast won't expire
Hasn't ceased, though on fire
And to searing's immune--not a singe!

The Beast with Five Fingers ( Robert Florey; 1946): Musicologist Hillary Cummins, (Peter Lorre) is driven mad by the severed hand of a dead pianist, which keeps playing the same composition, over and over. That piece is Brahms' transcription for left hand of the chaconne from Johann Sebastian Bach's Violin Partita in D minor, performed by Warner Bros. pianist Victor Aller.

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