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 Posted:   Oct 8, 2014 - 11:53 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Piggy-backing on Ray's 2013 thread above, I've just discovered a splendid solo CD by Frederick Hodges: "MANHATTAN SERENADE - Piano Masterpieces of the Jazz Age," released in 2011.

It leads off with the aforementioned title track by Louis Alter, and goes on to incorporate selections by Alter, Dana Suesse, Nathaniel Shilkret,* Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Mayerl, Frankie Carl, Rube Bloom, James Blyths, Ferde Grofe, George L. Cobb, Bert Grant, Cecil Arnold, L. Wolfe Gilbert and Lewis F. Muir. Hodges also wrote the informative liner notes.

Anybody here ever notice the presumably coincidental resemblance between a few bars from Manhattan Serenade and the opening measures of Brother Can You Spare a Dime? ("They used to tell me I was building a dream...")



* (musical director of Fred & Ginger's Gershwin show, SHALL WE DANCE)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2014 - 12:05 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

PS: Of course, there are several available albums of Grofe's "modern" compositions, as well as his Gershwin arrangements for Whiteman. (One of the best such Grofe CDs is performed by the Beau Hunks, the featured musicians on Laurel & Hardy/Little Rascals CD's.)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2014 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Piggy-backing on Ray's 2013 thread above, I've just discovered a splendid solo CD by Frederick Hodges: "MANHATTAN SERENADE - Piano Masterpieces of the Jazz Age," released in 2011.

It leads off with the aforementioned title track by Louis Alter, and goes on to incorporate selections by Alter, Dana Suesse, Nathaniel Shilkret,* Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Mayerl, Frankie Carl, Rube Bloom, James Blyths, Ferde Grofe, George L. Cobb, Bert Grant, Cecil Arnold, L. Wolfe Gilbert and Lewis F. Muir. Hodges also wrote the informative liner notes.

Anybody here ever notice the presumably coincidental resemblance between a few bars from Manhattan Serenade and the opening measures of Brother Can You Spare a Dime? ("They used to tell me I was building a dream...")



* (musical director of Fred & Ginger's Gershwin show, SHALL WE DANCE)


Oh man, the sight of that name "Nathaniel Shilkret" set off the memory banks, and now here I am looking at m'LP, "Victrola America GERSHWIN Plays GERSHWIN" with "An American In Paris"/RCA Victor Symphony/Nathaniel Shilkret, Conductor. Liner notes date this "first complete recording of a 'serious' Gershwin composition" February 4, 1929. It also states "Gershwin was thoroughly pleased with Shilkret's spirited and idiomatic interpretation."

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2015 - 7:45 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Ya want New York film/music? Yeah??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0hcuqOCKHY

 
 Posted:   May 8, 2015 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I guess what the fellas were saying to me (in a very nice way BTW), was that the highlighted music from HTMAM in the OP, while historic and grand, is really just pretty simple stuff, which it is. Of course it is expertly arranged, orchestrated, & executed bc it's Alfred Newman & the MGM SO!

Just for the record, that would be Alfred Newman and the 20th Century-Fox Studio Orchestra. MGM had nothing to do with HTMAM.

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2015 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

And also just for the record, Howard -- was that Waxman's music in the HUMORESQUE montage?

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2015 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

I would think so, Dr. Jones. Man, just seeing ol' Oscar puts me in a severe mood for that flick. He & Julie were terrific in their scenes together. Pure New Yawk sass.

Btw, did I ever tell you about the time I almost met Son of Franz? It should have Happened In Brooklyn (where else?) but ol' John Mauceri couldn't find him LOL...

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2015 - 1:28 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

No.

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2015 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=24731&forumID=1&archive=1
wink

 
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