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 Posted:   Aug 23, 2023 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   The Shadow   (Member)

This is published here also at the request of my good friend from France who runs the site.

Brand new unofficial site dedicated to legendary film composer HUGO FRIEDHOFER.
With deluxe layout design and dynamic artwork.

https://cinescores.wixsite.com/hugofriedhofer

So this time the whole thing is in ENGLISH!!

Little introduction from its author:

"Over the past few years, Hugo Friedhofer's official site has changed address several times for reasons of space and web volume. We offer you on this last address a new, more substantial site, introduced with a new graphic charter and rich in information on this genius composer of the Hollywood Golden Age. A more exhaustive biography, a complete catalog of editions, film posters, interviews, analyzes which will make this new site an exceptional web document.

Cinescores Center Group."


 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2023 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Exciting news! A top 5 Golden Age composer for me, but a very underrated/overlooked composer who deserves more attention. I remember the old defunct Friedhofer site (which had that live recorded Joan of Arc performance) looking pretty good. Is this somehow a reboot of that?

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2023 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   The Shadow   (Member)

Yes, it must be that...I've been told a website already existed but had to move for technical reasons....and the new location was badly referenced by Google search engine so suffered from limited visibility.

There is some Hugo Friedhofer-Alex North-Leonard Rosenman-Jerry Goldsmith musical connection for me, in that specific order. They perfectly represent the slow Golden Age classic Hollywood transformation into some Silver Age more avant-garde school. 1960 must be the key year, with North's SPARTACUS.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2023 - 9:04 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Is Thierry S. aware of this book by George Burt?



Graham Watt loves this book ... and so do I. Goldsmith's name is not on the cover, but just add David Raksin to the other 3 you cite and I think you would find this very interesting.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2023 - 9:39 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)


There is some Hugo Friedhofer-Alex North-Leonard Rosenman-Jerry Goldsmith musical connection for me, in that specific order. They perfectly represent the slow Golden Age classic Hollywood transformation into some Silver Age more avant-garde school. 1960 must be the key year, with North's SPARTACUS.


That order not only illustrates the timeline on how they entered the film scoring scenes, but also the order in which they were born. smile

In recent years, I have come to love the Intrada discs containing Friedhofer's music from Paramount - even more so than Hugo's work at 20th-Century Fox. There is a drier/grittier sound from 1950 through 1952. I love No Man of Her Own, Captain Carey, U.S.A. and especially Ace in the Hole wherein Friedhofer's aesthetic appears to me more crisp and brittle. This is likely due, also, to the pre-CinemaScope monochrome pictures not yet embracing the travelogue aspects yielded from widescreen color and stereo.

Since I love early Alex North scores concurrent with this Friedhofer period, I think one might also be receptive toward early-'50s Sol Kaplan as well as Herschel Burke Gilbert.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2023 - 11:03 PM   
 By:   The Shadow   (Member)

Thank you so much ZardoSpeaks for sharing the existence of this book and showing its front cover, I was totally unaware of this book perfectly targeted to the topic! I am gonna search immediately for a copy of this book.

Well, I found one in Germany within a minute. Now already on its way. Can't wait to read this....

This is exactly what I like on this FSM board: emulation, sharing knowledges and experiences etc.
It can't be wrong, bad, trolled, boring or fruitless all the time (both INDIANA JONES V threads reading experiences were terrible)...

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2023 - 11:51 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Good to see!

I have recently put my focus on Friedhofer and I just love his RAINS OF RANCHIPUR/ MARCO POLO album from Kritzerland as well as the Stromberg rerecording of the same.

This is will be very helpful in learning more about this underrated composer in my collection.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2023 - 11:35 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

I still hope that some label will make a new recording of JOAN OF ARC and make available for purchase. It needs to be available for people who love golden age scores using full orchestras.
Classic film scores of this caliber are so deserving of preservation.

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2023 - 11:54 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I quite agree, Cody, and I also think that of all Friedhofer's output that could be newly recorded, Joan of Arc has the best sales potential to justify the expense (maybe barring The Mark of Zorro, if it counts, which he co-composed with Alfred Newman who received the primary screen credit). If I know one thing, it's that EPIC scores sell well to film music fans, and I'm pretty sure Joan of Arc is the only project Friedhofer ever tackled which quite fits that word.


I have recently put my focus on Friedhofer and I just love his RAINS OF RANCHIPUR/ MARCO POLO album from Kritzerland as well as the Stromberg rerecording of the same.
This is will be very helpful in learning more about this underrated composer in my collection.


So glad you're getting into Friedhofer, Amer! The great Kritzerland threefer album was complete remastered expansions of Rains of Ranchipur and Seven Cities of Gold (previously released by Varese), plus a premiere of The Blue Angel. I'm pretty sure that The Adventures of Marco Polo, Friedhofer's very first onscreen composer credit in Hollywood, only exists on the Morgan/Stromberg Friedhofer album, which ironically they did for the record label Marco Polo (owned by Naxos) in the 1990s. Being that the film is from 1938, it seems quite likely that the original film recording is lost. I for one would love a new recording of the *complete* score, but barring that the Stromberg-conducted suite is great to have.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2023 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

I'm pretty sure that The Adventures of Marco Polo, Friedhofer's very first onscreen composer credit in Hollywood, only exists on the Morgan/Stromberg Friedhofer album, which ironically they did for the record label Marco Polo (owned by Naxos) in the 1990s. Being that the film is from 1938, it seems quite likely that the original film recording is lost.

That´s not quite true. At least a few tracks with a bit more than 6 minutes from the original 1938 recording of ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO exist which have been circulating among collectors for several years. Maybe even a bit more material has survived, but these 6 minutes are the ones which I had received on a CD-R long ago.
There are a few more Goldwyn titles from the 30s of which original recordings still exist, for example Alfred Newman´s STELLA DALLAS.

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2023 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Thanks for that correction and the ray of hope, Stefan. I hadn’t run across those 6 minutes but I hope I do, and maybe everything surviving from the score could be released on album some day.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 2:43 PM   
 By:   Johnnyangel   (Member)

I'm pretty sure that The Adventures of Marco Polo, Friedhofer's very first onscreen composer credit in Hollywood, only exists on the Morgan/Stromberg Friedhofer album …

That´s not quite true. At least a few tracks with a bit more than 6 minutes from the original 1938 recording of ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO exist which have been circulating among collectors for several years. Maybe even a bit more material has survived, but these 6 minutes are the ones which I had received on a CD-R long ago.
There are a few more Goldwyn titles from the 30s of which original recordings still exist, for example Alfred Newman´s STELLA DALLAS.


I just joined this afternoon on something of a whim. I am a Friedhofer in law and my mother and I personally saved his scores and a lot of other material from his apartment after his death. Most materials were given to Brigham Young University, but I have the acetates of the recording sessions for Adventures of Marco Polo. These were Hugo’s personal copy, retained with pride for so many years.

The performance is blazingly good and puts the re-recording to shame. And it’s fascinating to hear Alfred Newman encouraging (as in sometimes swearing at) the orchestra. Inimitable Felix Slatkin violin solos.

Maybe someday I can find a company that can take care of the licensing, do a great booklet with photos, and most important knows the score backwards and forwards to assemble what I have into a suite. It needs to get out there but I wouldn’t settle for anything less.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 4:40 PM   
 By:   Johnnyangel   (Member)

I'm pretty sure that The Adventures of Marco Polo, Friedhofer's very first onscreen composer credit in Hollywood, only exists on the Morgan/Stromberg Friedhofer album, which ironically they did for the record label Marco Polo (owned by Naxos) in the 1990s. Being that the film is from 1938, it seems quite likely that the original film recording is lost.

That´s not quite true. At least a few tracks with a bit more than 6 minutes from the original 1938 recording of ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO exist which have been circulating among collectors for several years. Maybe even a bit more material has survived, but these 6 minutes are the ones which I had received on a CD-R long ago.
There are a few more Goldwyn titles from the 30s of which original recordings still exist, for example Alfred Newman´s STELLA DALLAS.


I joined earlier today on a whim and my first post was eaten somehow. I'll save it offline this time just in case!

I'm happy to say that the original soundtrack recording of Adventures of Marco Polo survives (with multiple takes). I am an in-law of Hugo Friedhofer's. After his death my mother (at the behest of Hugo's daughter Karyl) and I drove her Volkswagen Squareback down to Hollywood and did our best to haul off scores, recordings, and other materials that were in imminent danger of being discarded.

Most of this material was then donated to Brigham Young University, but I have the acetates of the Marco Polo recording sessions that had been saved by Hugo as a prized possession for all those years.

The acetates preserve a blazing performance by an orchestra that to my mind outdoes any performing today, in any context, plus incomparable violin solos by Felix Slatkin and passionate encouragement (and occasional swearing) by Alfred Newman. Once heard, never forgotten.

It has been on my "to-do" list for years to get this soundtrack out there as a tribute to Hugo, but it's complicated. I would need to find a label that is prepared to put out a CD with appropriate and professional notes and photographs, will handle all the necessary licensing, and most of all knows (or can learn) the film and the score well enough to put together a suite. To my mind the CD release would include the suite along with some bonus rehearsal tracks.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 4:41 PM   
 By:   Johnnyangel   (Member)

Thanks for that correction and the ray of hope, Stefan. I hadn’t run across those 6 minutes but I hope I do, and maybe everything surviving from the score could be released on album some day.

Yavar


I joined earlier today on a whim and my first post was eaten somehow. I'll save it offline this time just in case!

I'm happy to say that the original soundtrack recording of Adventures of Marco Polo survives (with multiple takes). I am an in-law of Hugo Friedhofer's. After his death my mother (at the behest of Hugo's daughter Karyl) and I drove her Volkswagen Squareback down to Hollywood and did our best to haul off scores, recordings, and other materials that were in imminent danger of being discarded.

Most of this material was then donated to Brigham Young University, but I have the acetates of the Marco Polo recording sessions that had been saved by Hugo as a prized possession for all those years.

The acetates preserve a blazing performance by an orchestra that to my mind outdoes any performing today, in any context, plus incomparable violin solos by Felix Slatkin and passionate encouragement (and occasional swearing) by Alfred Newman. Once heard, never forgotten.

It has been on my "to-do" list for years to get this soundtrack out there as a tribute to Hugo, but it's complicated. I would need to find a label that is prepared to put out a CD with appropriate and professional notes and photographs, will handle all the necessary licensing, and most of all knows (or can learn) the film and the score well enough to put together a suite. To my mind the CD release would include the suite along with some bonus rehearsal tracks.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 2, 2024 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   Steve Vertlieb   (Member)





https://file770.com/remembering-hugo-friedhofer/

Remembering Hugo Friedhofer, and "The Best Years of Our Lives"

https://file770.com/remembering-hugo-friedhofer/

Steve Vertlieb

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2024 - 5:43 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

As Steve has used this thread to promote his tribute to Hugo Friedhofer, I will do the same in posting a link to my newly revised review of One-Eyed Jacks. It's only taken me 10 years (!) to update the review to take into account Kritzerland's re-released CD as an 'Encore Edition' which, remarkably, is still available to order.
https://cnmsarchive.wordpress.com/2024/04/06/one-eyed-jacks/

 
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