In one of his interviews, the world-famous film director Andrey Tarkovsky says that, unless cinematography had captivated his mind, he would have become an orchestra conductor.
He was endowed with a perfect musical ear and a special love of music, which is felt in the exclusive role that music – though not abundant – plays in his films.
Tarkovsky and music, Tarkovsky and Johann Sebastian Bach – here lies some special kinship one can only feel inwardly. Music is “a part of the inner world of my central character, making up an important factor for his personality shaping”, - said by Andrey Tarkovsky of his most autobiographical film – “The Mirror”. The words, most probably, are true of the film author himself.
The deep personal responsibility of a man for the world, for his neighbours, for himself and for his past, the possibility, or impossibility, to change what has been done, felt and thought – all these are themes so natural and vital, and at the same time transcending the level of this mundane life – which exactly makes them common to Andrey Tarkovsky’s cinematography and Johann Sebastian Bach’s music.