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A Man Called Peter (1955)
Music by Alfred Newman
A Man Called Peter A Man Called Peter
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: June 2001
Catalog #: Vol. 4, No. 7
# of Discs: 1

Alfred Newman scored virtually every kind of film during his unparalleled Hollywood career, but one genre always brought out his very best: that of religious films. For a man with no particularly strong dogmas of his own, Newman provided the definitive musical representation for God and a peerless sensitivity to the emotions involved. His scores for The Song of Bernadette (1943), The Robe (1953), The Egyptian (1954, co-composed with Bernard Herrmann and available on FSMCD Vol. 4, No. 5) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) are all beloved by collectors for their moments of heavenly rapture and earth-shaking power.

FSM proudly adds to this collection another of Newman's greatest religious works in complete form: A Man Called Peter, the 1955 biopic starring Richard Todd as the inspiring Scottish minister who became Chaplain to the United States Senate. Unlike The Robe this is not a Biblical story but a contemporary tale of a devout man whose life is carried out in the spirit of the Lord. Newman's score is charged with reverence and joy, centering around three distinct melodies: a Scottish folk-influenced theme for Peter; a supple, heartfelt theme for Peter's wife, Catherine, who narrates the story; and a warm, emboldening theme for America. Amongst this Newman provides several moments of religious beauty—particularly for Peter's awakening of service to the Lord ("The Revelation")—and a deft appreciation for his characters' inner humanity which was perhaps his greatest strength.

A Man Called Peter is one of our "hook, line and sinker" restorations, featuring Newman's complete score and every last note of the film's source music, in chronological order. (The source music involves several church hymns and Scottish folk songs, as such essential in Peter's story.) All of this is in stereo sound newly mixed from the original multitrack elements. A Man Called Peter is an essential Newman score finally given its proper complete presentation.

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Alfred Newman (1901-1970) is one of the most important figures in the history of movie music, a nine-time Oscar winner (with 45 nominations overall) who was head of music at Twentieth Century-Fox in the 1940s and '50s. His influence as a composer and executive cannot be understated; he invented the "Newman System" of synchronizing music to picture and is the patriarch of the Newman family of composers and musicians (Lionel, Randy, David, Thomas and others). Just a sampling of his work as a composer includes How Green Was My Valley, Captain From Castile, All About Eve, The Robe and The Diary of Anne FrankIMDB

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Leader (Conductor):
Alfred Newman

Violin:
Sol Babitz, George Berres, Henry Camusi, Joachim Chassman, Dave Crocov, Kurt Dieterle, Adolph DiTullio, Peter Ellis, Benny Gill, Marvin Limonick, Paul Lowenkron, Marshall Moss, Irma W. Neumann, David Selmont, Paul C. Shure, Felix Slatkin, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Tibor Zelig

Viola:
Myer Bello, Norman Botnick, Alvin Dinkin, Alex Neiman, Robert Ostrowsky, Sven Reher

Cello:
Joseph Coppin, Joseph DiTullio, Virgil Gates, Arthur Kafton, Leonard Krupnick, Kurt Reher

Bass:
C. Magdelano Rivera, Meyer (Mike) Rubin

Flute:
Arthur Hoberman, Luella Howard, Sterling D. Smith

Oboe:
William Kosinski, Gordon Pope

Clarinet:
Russell Cheever, Morris Crawford, Charles Gentry, Abe Most, William A. Ulyate

Bassoon:
Don Christlieb, Arthur Fleming

French Horn:
Arthur E. Briegleb, Joseph B. Eger, Alan I. Robinson, Harry Schmidt

Trumpet:
Frank Beach, John Clyman, Jack R. Coleman

Trombone:
Marlo Imes, Ray Klein, John Tranchitella

Tuba:
Clarence Karella

Piano:
Urban Thielmann

Organ:
Gene Garf

Harp:
Anne Stockton (Mason)

Drums:
Richard Cornell, Paul DeDroit, Harold L. "Hal" Rees

Orchestrator:
Ed Powell

Orchestra Manager:
Simon Waronker

Copyist:
Allan Campbell, Aristide G. Coccaro, W. D. Garlock, George Gordon, Elton A. Koehler, Harry Stone, Wallace Wheeler

Librarian:
Fred Combattente

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