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The World of Henry Orient (1964)
Music by Elmer Bernstein
The World of Henry Orient The World of Henry Orient
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Price: $14.96
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: November 2001
Catalog #: Vol. 4, No. 16
# of Discs: 1

The World of Henry Orient is a wonderful, joyful score, bouncing with melody and life. It is one of the cinema's all-time greatest scores for a movie involving children, but only Elmer Bernstein's second-greatest work in that genre. Such is the case when To Kill a Mockingbird, written two years earlier, is also on your resume.

The World of Henry Orient (1964) stars real schoolgirls Tippy Walker and Merrie Spaeth as youngsters in New York City obsessed with a local, fairly bad pianist and lothario with a predilection for married women: Henry Orient, a signature comic role for Peter Sellers. The girls follow Henry throughout the city, spoiling his escapades and causing trouble with their innocent games. In the skillful hands of director George Roy Hill, the film is no mere spoof but an honest and emotional study of the girls whose interest in Henry is an outlet for their yearning for parental love.

That the film manages to stay true to its dramatic origins while providing comic belly laughs is evidence of a brilliant composer. Bernstein evokes innocence, mischief, bonding and heartbreak—sometimes all in the same cue. He scales his music perfectly to the girls' mindset as they tail Henry throughout the city, playing on dramatic film music conventions with a light and comedic touch. His main theme, with gentle mixed meters and a catchy theme, is instantly memorable. As fans of the film have known for 37 years, the score is an absolute gem, without a phony note.

The World of Henry Orient was recorded at the Goldwyn Scoring Stage—now closed—which was widely considered the finest stage in Hollywood. As recorded by Dan Wallin, the acoustics are so crystal clear that one can practically hear the players touching their instruments. The CD also includes the film's sarcastic, avant garde piano concerto, composed for scheduling reasons not by Bernstein but by Kenneth Lauber—the finishing touch on a soundtrack masterpiece.

Elmer Bernstein Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Elmer Bernstein (1922–2004) had a Hollywood career that lasted over a half a century; invented and reinvented himself as a composer across several genres (jazz, epics, westerns, comedies and adult dramas); and scored more than a few Hollywood classics—The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Escape and Airplane! to name but five. FSM has released a dozen of his scores and counting, but the most popular may be Heavy Metal (1981)—don't be fooled by the title, it's Elmer's "Star Wars." In addition to his prolific work as a composer, Bernstein was a tireless champion of film music as an art form, serving on the boards of several professional organizations and in the 1970s recording his own LP series of classic Hollywood scores, Elmer Bernstein's Film Music Collection, released by FSM as a 12-CD box set. IMDB

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Leader (Conductor):
Elmer Bernstein

Violin:
Sam Freed, Jr.

Cello:
Marie Fera, Armand Kaproff, Joseph Saxon, Frederick R. Seykora, Eleanor Slatkin, Gloria Strassner

Bass:
Milton Kestenbaum, Abraham Luboff, Peter A. Mercurio

Flute:
Luella Howard, Martin Ruderman, Sylvia Ruderman, June Russo

Oboe:
Arnold Koblentz, Gordon Schoneberg

Clarinet:
Merritt Buxbaum, Dominick Fera, Mitchell Lurie, Hugo Raimondi, Sylvia Ruderman

Bassoon:
Norman H. Herzberg, Jack Marsh

Saxophone:
Herman Gunkler, Jules Jacob, Dave Pell

French Horn:
Vincent N. DeRosa, Fred Fox, Herman Lebow, Richard E. Perissi

Trumpet:
Maurie Harris, Emanuel "Manny" Klein, Uan Rasey

Trombone:
Harold Diner, Richard Noel, Barrett O'Hara

Piano:
Caesar Giovannini, Pearl Kaufman (Goldman)

Guitar:
Robert F. Bain, Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson, Howard Roberts

Harp:
Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Accordion:
Carl Fortina

Drums:
Earl C. Palmer

Percussion:
Hubert "Hugh" Anderson, Lee Joe Perrin, Louis Singer, John F. Williams

Arranger:
Jack J. Hayes, Leo Shuken

Orchestra Manager:
Robert Helfer

Copyist:
Charles F. Adams, Michael Andersen, Lloyd Basham, Larry Cramer, Howard W. Drew, Albert Glasser, Percival Goldenson, Jack McTaggart, Barrett O'Hara, Edgar Roemheld, Jr., Paul Sprosty

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