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 Posted:   Jul 4, 2013 - 6:40 PM   
 By:   nipotente   (Member)

I always got this movie mixed up with FIRST LOVE that was scored by John Barry.

MAKING LOVE had a Leonard Rosenman score. Never knew it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85x_y5mBLr8

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2013 - 6:42 PM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

It's a really lovely theme - sort of a cousin of "Cross Creek" and "Hide in Plain Sight." Much like "First Love," I believe much of Rosenman's score was dialed out of the finished picture. Must have been something about movies with the word "Love" in the title around then.

In any event, if there's a substantial amount of score extant, I'd certainly welcome a release, or have it as part of a double-bill with another Rosenman-Fox score.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2013 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Really a nice pretty score, the film also has the haunting ballad MAKING LOVE BY ROBERTA FLACK which says a lot about life. Composed by BURT BACHARACH

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2013 - 7:34 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

It's a really lovely theme - sort of a cousin of "Cross Creek" and "Hide in Plain Sight." Much like "First Love," I believe much of Rosenman's score was dialed out of the finished picture. Must have been something about movies with the word "Love" in the title around then.

In any event, if there's a substantial amount of score extant, I'd certainly welcome a release, or have it as part of a double-bill with another Rosenman-Universal score.


MAKING LOVE was a Fox film so no pairing with Universal.

James

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2013 - 7:40 PM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

Fox, then - which, luckily, would allow for a few more options to be explored in a double-bill, anyway. Thanks for the catch! I didn't bother double-checking, and in my heat-addled state, I had in my head that it was a Universal picture. Was probably thinking of "September 30, 1955," for whatever reason.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2013 - 12:45 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I saw the film for the first time earlier this year. I enjoyed the film and Rosenman's score.

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2013 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

It's a really lovely theme - sort of a cousin of "Cross Creek" and "Hide in Plain Sight." Much like "First Love," I believe much of Rosenman's score was dialed out of the finished picture. Must have been something about movies with the word "Love" in the title around then.

In any event, if there's a substantial amount of score extant, I'd certainly welcome a release, or have it as part of a double-bill with another Rosenman-Fox score.


If memory serves, Rosenman used thematic material from "Making Love" in "Cross Creek".

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 1:07 AM   
 By:   musicalpyramid   (Member)

One thing about Leonard Rosenman & his music -

His is generally known best for his dissonant works, for avant garde forms, for using serialism at times etc etc.

Yet personally speaking I think he was extremely effective at writing haunting, beautiful and lyrical melodies. If I encounter a Rosenman score that I don't know, while yes I do absolutely love the brass pyramids and thunderous chase music or errie suspense cues, but in truth I most look forward to the romance melody because I know that it will be so rewarding and highly emotive.

There is a simplicity to the construction of his love themes, but also what I can only describe subjectively as a depth of emotion and a power to connect that imo is hard to match.

If I was a Director making a psychological thriller today and LR was still alive and writing then sure, I would want him to score the picture, no doubt. But if I was a Director making a tragic love story, then I would really really want LR to score the picture!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 2:49 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

I agree, musicalpyramid. I must admit I don't know the film in question (MAKING LOVE), but there are many beautiful passages in EAST OF EDEN, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE... oh, and that tuneful MARCUS WELBY theme!

HOWEVER, my real point here is to say that I find everything you mention in even his most avant-garde scores. Not from beginning to end of course, but there is a true haunting beauty in things like FANTASTIC VOYAGE which for me is actually (sorry if it sounds pretentious) - almost on a spiritual level. Much of Rosenman's supposedly "difficult" music reaches my soul like no other.

It's almost a kind of "cosmic beauty", the kind of feeling of awe you get when you look up at the stars on a clear night.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   musicalpyramid   (Member)

I agree, musicalpyramid. I must admit I don't know the film in question (MAKING LOVE), but there are many beautiful passages in EAST OF EDEN, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE... oh, and that tuneful MARCUS WELBY theme!

HOWEVER, my real point here is to say that I find everything you mention in even his most avant-garde scores. Not from beginning to end of course, but there is a true haunting beauty in things like FANTASTIC VOYAGE which for me is actually (sorry if it sounds pretentious) - almost on a spiritual level. Much of Rosenman's supposedly "difficult" music reaches my soul like no other.

It's almost a kind of "cosmic beauty", the kind of feeling of awe you get when you look up at the stars on a clear night.


I agree with your 'cosmic beauty' description and the notion of the ability of LR's music to connect with me on a level that is hard to quantify objectively but I can only express in strong emotive terms. There is a power to it, a form like no other. The only composer I can think who's music has an effect on me akin to that is Bernard Herrmann, though his musical style is so very different in many ways.

Yet I have heard a few people say that they really struggle to connect with Leonard Rosenman's music at all. It seems to allienate some and utterly bind in others!

 
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