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Green Mansions (1959)
Music by Bronislau Kaper, Heitor Villa-Lobos
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: April 2005
Catalog #: Vol. 8, No. 3
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music

Green Mansions (1959) is one of the most unusual soundtracks created during Hollywood's Golden Age. Based on a novel by W.H. Hudson, the film stars Audrey Hepburn as Rima, the mysterious "bird girl" of the Venezuelan rain forest who romances a political refugee played by Anthony Perkins. The film was directed by Mel Ferrer (Hepburn's husband at the time) and shot with great expense in South America as well as at M-G-M's Culver City studios.

M-G-M had attempted to launch Green Mansions for several years, and one constant was their desire—which they eventually realized—to enlist for the soundtrack one of the greatest composers of the Americas: Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959). Villa-Lobos was known for his "jungle music" for the concert hall as well as his flamboyant personality, and M-G-M succeeded in bringing him on board in a rare film venture.

When the exigencies of film composition proved too much for Villa-Lobos, the studio relied upon their venerable Bronislau Kaper—who was already providing the love theme for the picture—to adapt Villa-Lobos' score to fit the nuances and timings of the screen action. The result was an unusual synthesis of Villa-Lobos' gorgeous, impressionistic writing with Kaper's sturdy film presence.

Villa-Lobos proceeded to adapt his Green Mansions score for a concert hall work, "Forest of the Amazons," which has been recorded on LP and CD. However, this CD marks the premiere release of the film's original soundtrack itself, featuring Villa-Lobos' music as adapted and expanded upon by Kaper. Some cues are pure Villa-Lobos, others pure Kaper; most fall somewhere in-between, for a fascinating listening experience.

This CD features the complete dramatic score as heard in the film, with selected source music and unused cues. Due to missing masters, the Anthony Perkins vocal source cue is not included. Liner notes by Bill Whitaker and Jeff Bond chronicle the behind-the-scenes odyssey of Villa-Lobos' involvement, and the precise use of his music in the finished film.

Bronislau Kaper Scores on FSM
About the Composer

The Polish-born Bronislau Kaper (1902-1983) parlayed a successful stint in the French film industry (1933-1935) into a longtime Hollywood contract at M-G-M (1935-1962), where he was an indispensable member of the music department and wrote many famous songs and scores (Green Dolphin Street, Invitation, Lili). He capped his M-G-M career with his mammoth symphonic score to Mutiny on the Bounty, a fan favorite. He worked in the 1960s as a freelancer, scoring Lord Jim among others. Thanks to our relationship with Turner Classic Movies Music, we have brought a significant amount of Kaper's M-G-M music to CD—with more to come. IMDB

Heitor Villa-Lobos Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) is a major if not legendary 20th century composer of his native Brazil. One of his few intersections with film occurred with M-G-M's 1959 Green Mansions, a story told in the CD's liner notes. IMDB

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Anyone who likes the exciting, "cut and thrust" sea-faring music in Kaper's MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY will find plenty to like here.

Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Charles Wolcott

Sam Fiedler, Sam Freed, Jr., Werner L. Gebauer, Benny Gill, Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Alfred Lustgarten, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Arthur Maebe, Sr., Lisa Minghetti, Erno Neufeld, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Sally Raderman (aka Sarah Kreindler), Sam Ross, Albert Saparoff, Herman Seidel, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Byron Williams

Alfred Barr, Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Abe Hochstein, Maxine Johnson, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Paul Robyn

Alexander Borisoff, Julian Kahn, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Fernand Lhoest, Irving Lipschultz, Michel Penha

George F. Boujie, Mario Camposano, D'Artagnan Liagre, Peter A. Mercurio, Arthur Shapiro

Arthur Gleghorn

Norman Benno, Arnold Koblentz

Norman Benno, Gus Bivona, Henry Emerson, Alex Gershunoff, Lloyd Hildebrand, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi, Howard P. Terry

Charles A. Gould, Lloyd Hildebrand, Howard P. Terry

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent DeRubertis, Herman Lebow

Uan Rasey, Joe Triscari, James C. Zito

Randall Miller, Richard "Dick" Nash, Herb Taylor

D'Artagnan Liagre

Max Rabinowitsh, Milton Raskin

Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco, Alfred Viola

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Leo Arnaud, John T. Boudreau, Frank L. Carlson, Frank "Hico" Guerrero, Mel Pedesky, D. V. Seber

Leo Arnaud, Robert Franklyn

Robert Franklyn, Maurice Gerson, Fred Sternberg, Harry Taylor

Jules Megeff

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