Midnight in Paris Soundtrack Tracklist

March 3, 2012

Midnight in Paris SoundtrackUpon second viewing of Woody Allen’s new Oscar-winning romantic comedy, Midnight in Paris, a number of the many details buried in the script and sorely when I first caught the film seemed to surface. Most notably, however, was an aspect to the time-weaving French fantasy particularly worth pointing out around here: the music. As any Allen fan could tell you, he’s an accomplished clarinetist himself and has, for a long time, showcased great jazz in selections from his oeuvre. Next year, in fact, Allen will continue his run of musical theater-inspired work with an adaptation of Bullets Over Broadway.

So what did he compile for the soundtrack to Midnight in Paris? Plenty of fine original instrumentals from the likes of French composers Sidney Bechet and Francois Parisi alongside traditional staples from a number of eras. The cut that I keep returning to, though, is a nylon string guitar-driven track called “Bistro Fada” by Stephane Wrembel, who was born in France and currently hails from Brooklyn, New York. Wrembel’s piece is the epitome of the film’s central theme: a seemingly nostalgic trip that conjures the early work of Django Reinhardt while oddly feeling completely modern at the same time. In short, Wrembel’s composition sounds like it’s been bouncing around in your head forever, though it was actually written specifically for the film. Check out an impressive live rendition performed around the time Midnight in Paris first hit theaters, as well as the full official tracklist, below:

Midnight In Paris OST Tracklist

01. “Si tu vois ma mère” – Sidney Bechet
02. “Je suis seul ce soir” – Swing 41
03. “Recado” – Original Paris Swing
04. “Bistro Fada” – Stephane Wrembel
05. “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)” – Conal Fowkes
06. “You’ve Got That Thing” – Conal Fowkes
07. “La conga blicoti” – Joséphine Baker
08. “You Do Something to Me” – Conal Fowkes
09. “I Love Penny Sue” – Daniel May
10. “Charleston” – Enoch Light & The Charleston City All Stars
11. “Ain’t She Sweet” – Enoch Light & The Charleston City All Stars
12. “Parlez-moi d’amour” – Dana Boulé
13. “Barcarolle from “The Tales of Hoffman” – Conal Fowkes & Yrving & Lisa Yeras
14. “Can-Can from Orpheus In the Underworld” – The Czech National Symphony Orchestra
15. “Ballad du Paris” – Francois Parisi
16. “Le parc de plaisir” – Francois Parisi

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