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Cimarron (1960)
Music by Franz Waxman
Cimarron Cimarron
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: August 2004
Catalog #: Vol. 7, No. 11
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music

M-G-M's Cimarron (1960)—the second screen adaptation of Edna Ferber's novel of the same name—was an epic western telling the history of Oklahoma settlers through the lives of newspaper publisher Yancey "Cimarron" Cravat (Glenn Ford) and his wife, Sabra (Maria Schell). While the film is known for its massive depiction of the Oklahoma Land Rush, one element stands above all others: Franz Waxman's classic music.

By the time he scored Cimarron in 1960, Waxman was nearing the conclusion of a brilliant career as one of the undisputedly great composers of Hollywood's Golden Age. After stints under contract to Universal and Warner Bros., and a period as highly respected freelancer, Waxman was able to pick and choose his projects. Cimarron provided an opportunity to work once again with director Anthony Mann, with whom he had collaborated on The Furies (1950).

Franz Waxman's stirring title song for Cimarron, which figures prominently through the course of his score, features lyrics by Paul Francis Webster and is sung by the Roger Wagner Chorale. Waxman also employs a European folk song (which Sabra sings to Yancey early in the film) as a love theme for the two principals, and supplies colorful themes for various supporting characters. The film's great set-piece, the Land Rush sequence, benefits from one of Waxman's most exciting action cues, rivaling his own "Ride to Dubno" from Taras Bulba. Another highlight is Waxman's moving setting of the spiritual "O Redeemed," a cue omitted from the film entirely.

This CD features Franz Waxman's complete underscore to Cimarron, remixed from the original 35mm three-track stereo masters. In addition to a suite comprising alternate versions of three cues, many tracks include music that was either mixed at a very low level or severely truncated in the finished film. Christopher Husted's liner notes reveal details of the film's production and Waxman's involvement in the project. After a four-decade wait, one of Waxman's greatest scores is finally available in definitive form.

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About the Composer

Franz Waxman (1906-1967) was one of the greatest composers of Hollywood's Golden Age, having fled his native Germany to escape the Nazis. Jerry Goldsmith—no slouch himself—admired Waxman for the great versatility of his accomplishments; for example, Waxman created lasting efforts for horror (The Bride of Frankenstein), biblical epics (Demetrius and the Gladiators), Americana (Peyton Place), biopics (The Nun's Story) and westerns (Cimarron)—to say nothing of his back-to-back Oscar wins for Sunset Boulevard and A Place in the Sun. He was a master dramatist and a distinguished, modern composer who pushed the envelope of the symphonic score. IMDB

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Franz Waxman

Israel Baker, Joachim Chassman, Sam Fiedler, Werner L. Gebauer, James Getzoff, Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Anatol Kaminsky, Bernard Kundell, Alfred Lustgarten, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Thomas C. Mancini, Lisa Minghetti, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Sally Raderman (aka Sarah Kreindler), Albert Saparoff, Herman Seidel, Gerald Vinci, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Heimann Weinstine, Byron Williams

Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Sanford Schonbach, Milton Thomas

Alexander Borisoff, Ossip Giskin, Julian Kahn, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Michel Penha, Kurt Reher

George F. Boujie, Richard D. Kelley, Richard F. Kelley, Sr., Arthur Shapiro, Ray Siegel

Arthur Gleghorn, Luella Howard

Bert Gassman, Arnold Koblentz

Gus Bivona, Alex Gershunoff, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi

Charles A. Gould, Ray Nowlin

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Herman Lebow, Sinclair Lott, Arthur Maebe, Jr.

Robert Divall, Joe Triscari, James C. Zito

Robert Marsteller, Richard Noel, Herb Taylor

Milton Raskin

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

George Fields

Frank L. Carlson, Mel Pedesky, D. V. Seber

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