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 Posted:   May 21, 2016 - 11:51 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

That's wonderful Yavar, congrats on graduating!

From all of the unreleased Bernstein scores I've heard (there are so many I haven't heard yet), "The Amazing Mr. Blunden" (1972) is my favorite. A masterful and beautiful work, it's well worth watching the movie just to hear Bernstein's score.

Has anybody heard "Saturday's Hero" (1951)? It's Bernstein's first score, and I'd love to know what some think of it. The film isn't easy to track down but it has been broadcast on TV.

Has anybody heard "Nightmare Honeymoon" (1974)? Seems to be of the few horror films Bernstein scored, I would love to know how it is. The film is available on Warner Archive.

 Posted:   May 22, 2016 - 3:38 AM   
 By:   orbital   (Member)

Congratulations on your BA, Yavar! That's great.

 Posted:   May 23, 2016 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

On YouTube I found some excerpts from unreleased scores. A little something for everyone: a romantic and intense 1950s noir score, a 1970s pop-influenced score with Elmer's trademark rhythmic writing, and a glorious symphonic 1980s score. All three of these, if they exist, ought to be released!

"Sudden Fear" (1952):

"Bloodbrothers" (1978):

"Gulag" (1985):

 Posted:   May 23, 2016 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I saw "Gulag". There's nothing of note in the score and quite frankly a skipper. I dont' recall it being very long, either.

 Posted:   May 25, 2016 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

I saw "Gulag". There's nothing of note in the score and quite frankly a skipper. I dont' recall it being very long, either.

When you say "there's nothing of note in the score" are you also talking about the End Title above? I think it's quite terrific, quintessential '80s symphonic Bernstein.

 Posted:   May 25, 2016 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

"The Amazing Mr. Blunden" (1972) is on YouTube. Go to the 5:53 mark for a lovely and mysterious cue that underscores a discussion about ghosts. But there are many brilliant and lovely, sensitive Bernstein cues in this score, which for me is the zenith of his unreleased work (that I'm familiar with, at least - going through his filmography it's staggering how many I haven't heard, but this is the cream of what I've heard).

Roger Feigelson has written on the Intrada boards about this: "I've located elements but the licensing issue is extremely challenging. But I keep trying." That was almost two years ago. Hopefully this will see a release someday.

 Posted:   May 28, 2016 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Wanted to bump this to show support for unreleased Bernstein.

"Class" is available as an isolated score on the Twilight Time Blu-Ray. Haven't seen the film and I'm not familiar with this unreleased score. Anybody have comments on this score? How long is it?

Dylan, I am not aware of any Twilight Time release on Blu-Ray of this film, especially one with an isolated score...

 Posted:   May 28, 2016 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

Darn, I'm mistaken. There is indeed a new blu-Ray of "Class" but it's from Olive Films and doesn't include an isolated score.

How is Bernstein's "Class?" I haven't seen the film.

 Posted:   May 28, 2016 - 11:58 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

It's nice, warm stuff, typical Bernstein. This effort on Youtube is badly presented; suggest you watch the main titles then skip forward to the end titles round about 1hr and 20mins...

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2016 - 2:38 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I made a few minor updates/changes to the first post here, with the first in particular worth a bump of the thread: according to James Fitzpatrick in this thread, he is working to license a release of Elmer's final score, for this fine Cecil B. DeMille documentary:

In response to the latest inquiry he wrote: "Still in negotiations ........ but will be sorted one way or the other this year!"

So after having the definitive Ten Commandments from Intrada in 2016, we may finally have a release of its "companion score" from the end of the maestro's career in 2017!

And yes, I'm currently in the process of extending the first post to cover the first half of Elmer Bernstein's career.


 Posted:   Dec 17, 2016 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Thanks for the update, Yavar. Crossing my fingers for this DeMille music.

 Posted:   Dec 21, 2016 - 6:53 AM   
 By:   batman&robin   (Member)

GULAG is wonderful and needs a CD, imho. Being a Lorimar movie the score should be in Warner vaults.

Don't know who may be able to release a Warner title nowadays... maybe INTRADA?? Hopefully!!

 Posted:   Dec 23, 2016 - 1:52 AM   
 By:   Ratatouille   (Member)

At 15'40 you have the main theme of his River... it reminds me something else !

 Posted:   Dec 26, 2016 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Ratatouille, I love the A River Runs Through It theme at 15:40. It will remind you of his other scores. It bears his signature rhythms and themes. I really wish this rejected score would be released.

 Posted:   Dec 26, 2016 - 5:39 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Well, speaking as a fan, all his rejected scores should be released.

 Posted:   Dec 26, 2016 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Sounds good to me, Justin.

 Posted:   Dec 26, 2016 - 8:55 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Has "On the Waterfront" been expanded?

 Posted:   Dec 26, 2016 - 9:22 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Onya, On The Waterfront was composed by Leonard Bernstein, and I don't know if it has been expanded.

 Posted:   Dec 26, 2016 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

It was -- it was big news:

 Posted:   Apr 13, 2017 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

This thread deserves a bump even though I shamefully haven't completed the first post as I'd planned (I got a new job roughly around the time I was going to finish it).

Thanks to LLL we now have the complete film recording (with a larger orchestra than the album recording, as well as of course a lot more music) of The Sons of Katie Elder:

And the same day that was announced, James Fitzpatrick of Tadlow Music also revealed that his label will be releasing Elmer's final score, to the documentary Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic:

This is amazing news as it is a bookend of sorts, with Intrada's recent definitive Ten Commandments release which pushed his career into the A-list. If you want to preview this music, the entire documentary film is up on YouTube:

More epic Bernstein!


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