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Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)
Music by Miklos Rozsa
Tribute to a Bad Man Tribute to a Bad Man
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: January 2003
Catalog #: Vol. 5, No. 19
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music.

Miklós Rózsa scored every kind of film during his long and storied Hollywood career: biblical and historical epic, romance, film noir, drama, science fiction—and even western. Tribute to a Bad Man (1956) is his uniquely "Rózsa-esque" take on the American plains for a CinemaScope "psychological western" directed by Robert Wise: James Cagney stars as an iron-willed horse rancher whose vigilante sense of justice threatens to destroy the personal relationships around him.

Rózsa, far from his native Hungary, claimed to be uncomfortable in the uniquely American genre, but was more than capable of concocting the kind of grandiose and melodic strains associated with the West. His main theme is a sweeping match for the gorgeous Colorado photography, and his smaller cues match the characters' emotions while maintaining a sense of the 19th century American frontier.

Rózsa was not entirely on foreign (to him) ground: The female lead in the movie (Irene Papas) is a Greek immigrant, and Rozsa adapts a Greek folk song, "Pandrevoun," to serve as the love theme, giving him an Eastern European hook in the otherwise American idiom. As the film takes on an aggressive, psychological dimension towards its climax, Rozsa utilizes his film noir style of brooding anxiety, before returning to the American material in his soaring end title.

Tribute to a Bad Man has long been a favorite score by Rózsa's many admirers. It is here presented in its premiere release in complete form from the original stereo masters.

Miklos Rozsa Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Hungarian-born Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995) is a titan of film music. Responsible for such classic scores as Spellbound, Ben-Hur, King of Kings, El Cid and many others—from biblical epics to 1940s films noir to historical dramas—his signature style is one of the most pleasing and dramatic in film. He was under contract to M-G-M from 1948 to 1962 and FSM has released a great deal of this classic music; also available are his latter-period scores such as The Green Berets and Time After Time.IMDB

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I just saw this on dvd and the film is gorgeous.

And so is the music, especially the slow and quiet portions.

This cd went on sale once, then it never happened again! I just bought my cd of this because I don't want to miss out on it, period.

Good film, superb score. Shame Rozsa did so few Westerns.

Yes, although Rozsa said he felt out of his element, I've never had any problem his approach to the American Pustza. I particularly enjoy his Greek (!) theme. It works as well as -- actually better than -- that crazy Ukrainian-Russian style of the other fellow.

Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Miklos Rozsa

Sam Fiedler, Sam Freed, Jr., Werner L. Gebauer, Sidney Greene, Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Bernard Kundell, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Arthur Maebe, Sr., Lisa Minghetti, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Albert Saparoff, Byron Williams

Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus

Alexander Borisoff, Julian Kahn, Edgar Lustgarten, Michel Penha

George F. Boujie, Louis Previati, Arthur Shapiro

Gus Bivona, Arthur Gleghorn

Philip Memoli

Gus Bivona, Henry Emerson, Mort B. Friedman, Alex Gershunoff, Hugo Raimondi, Andrew Young

Charles A. Gould

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

Uan Rasey, Joe Triscari, James C. Zito

Nick DiMaio, Herb Taylor, Simon Zentner

Max Rabinowitsh, Milton Raskin

Wesley Tourtellotte

Jack Marshall

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Frank L. Carlson, Jack Mills, D. V. Seber

Orchestra Manager:
James C. Whelan

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