Come Back to Me

Piano arrangements of great film music.

Film composers always have to decide whether to write music to match and enhance screen action or rather to capture the emotional essence of a scene. Vaughan Williams analysed this issue succinctly as follows:

“There are two ways of viewing film music: one, in which every action, word, gesture or incident is punctuated in sound. This requires great skill and orchestral knowledge and a vivid specialised imagination but often leads to a mere scrappy succession of sounds of no musical value in itself… The other method of writing film music, which personally I favour, partly because I am quite incapable of doing the former, is to ignore the details and to intensify the spirit of the whole situation by a continuous stream of music.”

Whilst this basic dilemma remains to this day, film music has evolved to reflect economic, cultural and technical developments. Folk-song, jazz and popular songs were increasingly incorporated into the soundtrack and the need for a ‘hit-song’ became of greater commercial significance from the mid-1950s onwards – to the chagrin of some composers for films such as Bernard Herrmann. Electronic instruments gave some film scores a fresh colour. However, through composers such as John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone and James Horner, the classical symphonic style remains vitally important into the 21st century, albeit complemented with electronic, ethnic and popular elements to create a more varied and complex musical synthesis. As many of the film scores on this CD demonstrate, variety and complexity have been achieved without sacrificing emotional impact and the film composer continues to add enormous value to the greatness – and memorability – of a film overall.

Jane Chee (piano)

Jane Chee Yean Ng is unusual in being a highly accomplished soloist in both the piano and violin.

The performing career of this Malaysian-born artist began at the age of seven when she gave concerts for both instruments. As a violinist, pianist, and composer, she has performed extensively at international festivals in Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Spain, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. She furthered her studies with Yossi Zivoni in London on full internationalscholarships from both the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and the Royal College of Music, supported by the Richard Carne Trust, Irene Hanson and Gandar Dower Awards, the Clemence Charitable Trust, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Tinggi Foundation, and the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation. Jane made her debut violin recital at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room in June 2009, and in the same month, gave the world première of her own composition The Pagoda of Dreams – Fantasia for Violin & Orchestra, as soloist with the Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra. In the UK, Jane has won the Hastings and Hatfield Music festivals. She has performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Hatfield Philharmonic Orchestra and Ravel’s Tzigane with the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra as representative of Benslow Music Trust’s 75th anniversary celebrations. She was selected as a Concordia Artist by the Concordia Foundation.

Recital highlights include the Leeds International Concert Series, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’ Piccadilly, St John’s, Smith Square, Steinway Hall, the ABRSM Golden Jubilee Scholars’ Concert, St George’s Bristol, Chelsea Schubert Festival, Bath Recital Artists’ Trust, University of Essex, Blair Atholl in Scotland, the Malaysian Embassy, and the Chelsea Flowers Show. She has appeared on the BBC Radio 4 “Chopsticks at Dawn” programme where her own composition The Pagoda of Dreams was featured. Jane currently performs on a 1750 Testore violin, kindly on loan from the Rin Collection.

Jane is also an accomplished pianist and accompanies regularly for the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. She has also accompanied for the London Cello Society. Past achievements include winning 2nd prize at the “Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte” International Piano Competition in the Czech Republic, performances of the Haydn Piano Concerto in D major with the London Chamber Orchestra, and of the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 at the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia.

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Songs of Romance

  • Somewhere in Time – Main Theme (John Barry, arranged Jack Long)
  • Romeo and Juliet – A Time For Us (Nino Rota)
  • Gone with the Wind – Tara’s Theme (Max Steiner, arranged Stephen Duro)
  • TitanicLove Theme (James Horner)
  • Out of AfricaThe Music of Goodbye (John Barry)

Songs of Adventure

  • The Lord of The RingsThe Fellowship of The Ring (Howard Shore)
  • In Dreams (featured in The Breaking of The Fellowship)
  • May It Be (Music by Enya and Nicky Ryan)
  • E.T. The Extra TerrestrialMain Theme (John Williams)
  • Lawrence of ArabiaMain Theme (Maurice Jarre)
  • Chariots of Fire – Main Title (Vangelis)
  • The MissionGabriel’s Oboe (Ennio Morricone, arranged Richard Harris)
  • A Fistful of DynamiteMain Title (Ennio Morricone)
  • Once Upon a Time in AmericaOpening Largo (Ennio Morricone)
  • Once Upon a Time in The West (Ennio Morricone),
    Main Title
    Goodbye to Cheyenne
    The Man with the Harmonica

Songs Of Hope

  • While I LiveThe Dream of Olwen (Charles Williams)
  • Dangerous MoonlightWarsaw Concerto (Richard Addinsell)


Jane Chee Yean Ng

Catalogue number: ALBCD019
Release date: September 2014