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 Posted:   Mar 5, 2008 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Leonard Rosenman scored the TV movie (!) Keeper Of The City for director Bobby Roth in 1991, in the middle of Roth´s "Tangerine Dream period" - TD scored 6 films for Roth between 1984 and 1993. After TD stopped scoring Hollywood films Roth turned to ex TD member Chris Franke for most projects. But why did he hire Rosenman for this film? I wonder if TD was asked and turned it down? And I guess Rosenman´s score is mostly symphonic, or are there electronic elements in the score too?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2008 - 2:51 PM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

I sadly have no idea about the Tangerine Dream connection but I own the Intrada CD of Mr. Rosenman's score. It's mainly symphonic but there are also female choral pieces (voices underlined by a synth).

Mr. Rosenman also contributes liner notes explaining his scoring approach and his use of 2 principal themes. Both themes are great, I should add. I in fact decided to play it now--due to the topic and also due to today's news.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2008 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   Bob Bryden   (Member)

I don't know the film and don't usually hang on to certain CD's if the film doesn't resonate with me in some way...
but I've never been able to part with this score.
Rosenman's score is deeply melodic.
An unsung little gem.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2008 - 4:30 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

bump

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2008 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   ahem   (Member)

Good heavens!!!

FRESH BREATH discussing a Golden Age composer????!!!! Steady now fella, don't go hurting yourself! wink

I think I've seen it all now....

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2008 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   TOR The Wrestler From The Past   (Member)

An unsung little gem.
ah yes, aren't they all roll eyes

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2008 - 7:10 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Good heavens!!!

FRESH BREATH discussing a Golden Age composer????!!!! Steady now fella, don't go hurting yourself! wink

I think I've seen it all now....


LOL! Yeah, I thought the same thing....even considering the context (TD connection).

 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2008 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Heh...

Yes, I just found it peculiar that Roth would go from electronic music, over to a golden age composer, and then back to the synth stuff.

And you´re right, I´m not usually a big Laurence Rosenman fan. (or was that Leonard Rosenthal?) :-D

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2011 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

bump

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2012 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

Listening to this old gem now. All the classic Rosenmanisms (wow) are here...the tonal pyramds, the four note dum,dum.dum,dum and two spectacular melodies. Ive never seen the tv movie, but this score is a sonic enjoyment. And love those female voices!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2012 - 5:33 PM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

I really love this score, actually - the two main thematic ideas are instantly memorable, and it's a nice synthesis of Rosenman's "Rebel"/"East of Eden" approach with his more agitated concert hall aesthetic. Again, with the four vocalists, he was continuing to experiment a bit with the technique as he wanted to use it in his second Violin Concerto - he also used four female singers a little bit in his achingly beautiful score for "Circles in a Forest."

Regarding his involvement in this picture, I remember reading First Breath's interview with director Bobby Roth - which I think answered his questions about Leonard's involvement - but just so it's on the record again elsewhere - Roth and the Rosenmans were good friends, and they had been talking about working together on a project for a little while by the time "Keeper of the City" rolled around. It might also interest First Breath to know that the Rosenmans were good friends with Paul Haslinger, as well.

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2012 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Regarding his involvement in this picture, I remember reading First Breath's interview with director Bobby Roth - which I think answered his questions about Leonard's involvement - but just so it's on the record again elsewhere - Roth and the Rosenmans were good friends, and they had been talking about working together on a project for a little while by the time "Keeper of the City" rolled around. It might also interest First Breath to know that the Rosenmans were good friends with Paul Haslinger, as well.

Yes, Roth answered the question in my interview. I'm happy you remembered it! :-D

I remember reading in Soundtrack magazine that Haslinger interviewed Rosenman in a film music seminar in Europe around 1994. Do you know more about the Haslinger/Rosenman friendship?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Ain't this a blast of a score?
I don't own many other big city cop drama scores that sound like this.
I snagged a copy for a fiver the other week, while looking for some cool old titles by gold-standard composers who could write music properly before they got banned from doing it wink
It's gonna get plenty more plays in my house this week.
The softer, gentler theme reminds me of a song from Goodbye Mr Chips (Bricusse/Williams) and I always end up singing (talking?) it in a Peter O Toole kinda way.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 5:35 PM   
 By:   RedOkt64 2.0   (Member)

Really enjoyed this score as well. Need to put it in the player. So funny... I have been watching the entire PRISON BREAK series again (recently starting it's final season)... and had forgotten how many times Bobby Roth directed.

Time for a Rosenman day again.

RACE WITH THE DEVIL please... smile

 
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