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Joy in the Morning (1965)
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Joy in the Morning Joy in the Morning
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: March 2002
Catalog #: Vol. 5, No. 3
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music.

Joy in the Morning is one of the most obscure films in Bernard Herrmann's career. It is Herrmann's last successfully completed studio-era project, following Marnie (1964) and preceding his rejected score for Torn Curtain (1966), taking place during a trying time in the composer's personal life: the divorce from his second wife. The film is a period love story starring Richard Chamberlain and Yvette Mimieux, aesthetically a last gasp of traditional Golden Age filmmaking amidst more sexually permissive subject matter.

Despite the troubles with his own marriage, Herrmann keyed onto the trials and tribulations of young newlyweds with characteristic passion, utilizing the strings-and-horns ensemble he brought to films such as Blue Denim (FSMCD Vol. 4, No. 15), Tender Is the Night and Marnie. Like Tender Is the Night (made by the same producer), Herrmann was given a title song to interpolate, "Joy in the Morning" by Paul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain, performed by Richard Chamberlain for the main and end titles; but unlike Tender Is the Night, the song is more akin to Herrmann's own sensibility, and he worked it into his underscore to a greater extent, making its motives his own.

For all the fantasy, suspense and horror which has made Herrmann famous—and despite the fury of his own personality -- he was a romantic at heart. Joy in the Morning is a melodic, haunting effort surging with the passion of young love and despairing at its heartbreak. A 7:22 suite of the original soundtrack was previously released on Rhino's 2CD set, The Lion's Roar: Classic M-G-M Film Scores, 1935-1965; FSM's CD features the complete soundtrack in stereo from the original three-track recording. Liner notes are by Christopher Husted, manager of the Herrmann estate.

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About the Composer

Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) started his film career with Citizen Kane, finished with Taxi Driver, and in-between scored famous projects for Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, Vertigo), Ray Harryhausen and a host of others—to say nothing of the transcendent beauty of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir or the pioneering timbres of The Day the Earth Stood Still. He practically invented “psychological” film scoring and the use of orchestral color to achieve dramatic ends; his music for radio and television is brilliant despite (or perhaps because of) his limited resources. He was a genius and cast a long shadow on music for film. P.S. Check out On Dangerous Ground. IMDB

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Robert Armbruster, Bernard Herrmann

Victor Bay, Henry Arthur Brown, Harold Dicterow, Adolph DiTullio, Elliot Fisher, Benny Gill, Arnold T. Jurasky, Jerome Kasin, Jacob Krachmalnick, Bernard Kundell, William Kurasch, Robert S. Levine, Dan Lube, Alfred Lustgarten, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Emanuel Moss, Alexander Murray, Lou Raderman, Jerome Joseph Reisler, Felix Slatkin, Albert Steinberg, Heimann Weinstine, Hrach Yacoubian

Myer Bello, Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Mary Laporte, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Sven Reher, Barbara A. Simons (Transue)

James A. Arkatov, Naoum Benditzky, Wendy Brennan, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Lucien Laporte, David Pratt, Joseph Saxon, Frederick R. Seykora, Gloria Strassner

Mario Camposano, Frank Granato, Richard D. Kelley, Richard F. Kelley, Sr., Peter A. Mercurio, Keith "Red" Mitchell

Martin Ruderman, Sylvia Ruderman

Arnold Koblentz, William Kosinski

Gus Bivona, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi

Charles A. Gould, Robert Swanson

French Horn:
Arthur E. Briegleb, John W. "Jack" Cave, Herman Lebow, Arthur Maebe, Jr.

Uan Rasey

Artie Kane

Verlye Brilhart-Mills, Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Frank L. Carlson

Jack J. Hayes, Leo Shuken

Orchestra Manager:
James C. Whelan

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