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The Glass Slipper (1955)
Music by Bronislau Kaper
The Glass Slipper The Glass Slipper
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Price: $69.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: December 2005
Catalog #: Vol. 8, No. 19
# of Discs: 2

The Glass Slipper (1955) was a live-action version of the Cinderella tale which M-G-M produced following their successful Lili (1953). Both films were a kind of quasi-musical starring Leslie Caron as a forlorn innocent, and were made by much of the same creative team, including composer Bronislau Kaper and screenwriter/lyricist Helen Deutsch.

Kaper and Deutsch had collaborated on the popular song "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" for Lili, and reteamed for a romantic ballad for The Glass Slipper, "Take My Love"—an infectious waltz anchoring the film and score. Like Lili, The Glass Slipper features music as a major component: in addition to the song, there are two lengthy ballets and a third dream sequence significantly carried by music.

The Glass Slipper relied even more on Kaper's music than Lili, with Kaper providing not only the love theme and ballets, but large-scale symphonic music for the royal palace, and a heartfelt, melancholy theme for the main character. Kaper loved this type of scoring in which music played a foreground element, and he colorfully evoked the film's fairy-tale world of 18th century Europe.

Much of The Glass Slipper's score was revised during post-production, resulting in several versions of many cues—including the ballets—being recorded. FSM's premiere release of the original soundtrack features the complete score as it is heard in the film, followed by additional and alternate versions on a bonus disc—much as we presented Kaper's magnificent score for the 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty (FSMCD Vol. 7, No. 16).

The entire soundtrack has been remixed from the original 35mm three-track stereo recordings, as conducted for the film by Miklós Rózsa (a little-known fact).

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

Comments (6):Log in or register to post your own comments
I put this one on last night. This is another of these releases, like HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE, that is so "tuneful" that it sounds like a musical that is only lacking lyrics.

And there's so much of it!

I couldn't agree more wonderful tuneful score, MR Kaper was great at melody.

Kaper was versatile. Scores like this and Lili and The Swan are marvelous and yet he could also turn around and do THEM!

well that is what i love about MOST film composers and they should be admired for it, diversity or in your words versatility.

Kaper was versatile. Scores like this and Lili and The Swan are marvelous and yet he could also turn around and do THEM![/endquote]

And even the main title from "The F.B.i."!

Kaper was versatile. Scores like this and Lili and The Swan are marvelous and yet he could also turn around and do THEM![/endquote]

And even the main title from "The F.B.i."![/endquote]

And then a magnum opus like "Mutiny on the Bounty"!!!

Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Miklos Rozsa

Sam Fiedler, Elliot Fisher, Sam Freed, Jr., Werner L. Gebauer, Sidney Greene, Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Duci De Kerenjarto, Bernard Kundell, Magda Lengyel, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Arthur Maebe, Sr., Lisa Minghetti, Marshall Moss, Robert Pollack, Irving Prager, Irene Rabinowitsch, Lou Raderman, Albert Saparoff, Herman Seidel, Eudice Shapiro-Kast, Robert "Bob" Sushel, Cyril Towbin, Byron Williams

Dorothy Colton-Pratt, Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Abe Hochstein, Denes Koromzay, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Jack (Jacques) Ray

James A. Arkatov, Alexander Borisoff, Julian Kahn, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Fernand Lhoest, Irving Lipschultz, Edgar Lustgarten, Michel Penha, Katherine F. Shreves

George F. Boujie, Louis Previati, Arthur Shapiro

Arthur Gleghorn

Philip Memoli

Gus Bivona, Mort B. Friedman, Alex Gershunoff, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi, Andrew Young

Charles A. Gould

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Willard Culley, Vincent DeRubertis, Wendell Hoss, Herman Lebow

Raymond Linn, Larry Neill, Uan Rasey, Joe Triscari, James C. Zito

Walter Benson, Richard Noel, Herb Taylor, Simon Zentner

John Crown, Jacob Gimpel

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

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

Orchestra Manager:
James C. Whelan

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