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Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Music by Bronislau Kaper
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Price: $59.95
Limited #: 10000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: October 2004
Catalog #: Vol. 7, No. 16
# of Discs: 3

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music

Because YOU demanded it!

(...and had no idea what you were getting into!)

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) was a gargantuan roadshow production from the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The film's true-life story is known the world over: how First Officer Fletcher Christian led a revolt against the tyrannical Captain William Bligh on the H.M.S. Bounty in 1789. The story has been filmed multiple times—most famously by M-G-M in 1935, and more recently in 1984—and the 1962 production was M-G-M's attempt to recapture their earlier success, with Marlon Brando as Christian and Trevor Howard as Bligh.

The film made more news for its behind-the-scenes troubles than on-screen drama: Brando was famously difficult and the production went over-schedule and over-budget, along with Fox's Cleopatra nearly sinking the studio system. Although originally assigned to Miklos Rozsa the score was transferred to Bronislau Kaper, who had been at M-G-M so long that he had written the love song for the 1935 production. Mutiny would be Kaper's last work at the studio and a fitting musical triumph—one of the essential works of the "roadshow" era of the Golden Age, and a classic symphonic score.

The score features three main themes: the mammoth, seafaring music for the Bounty itself; aggressive, menacing material for the mutiny; and a South Seas-flavored love theme (with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster). Huge musical setpieces accompany the Bounty's setting sail and ocean voyages; the crew's frolicking with the native Tahitians; the pursuit of a band of deserters; and the ship's eventual destruction. The score is large-scale in every way, and previous releases have merely hinted as to its power and scope.

With so much music in the film, it was a given that this release would be a 2CD set. However, the film's post-production was so protracted that each and every cue was recorded two and sometimes three times—first in March 1962, then in June, and again in September and October. Fans have long known about the two different endings to the score which appeared on different editions of the LP—those are her—and so are each and every alternative orchestral cue, along with as much of the source music as would fit.

This release features three programs split over three CDs: Disc one and the beginning of disc two features the complete score as it is heard in the finished film. The remainder of disc two and beginning of disc three features a complete "alternative score" from the initial recording sessions—as it was intended from March 1962. The remainder of disc three features album versions, additional source music, and additional alternative orchestral cues. All told, it is four hours of music on three CDs, all in stereo and remastered from the original six-track 35mm film.

The release comes in a "clamshell" jewel box with the three CDs and booklet inside. Liner notes are by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall. Due to the size of the production, the price is $34.95—and worth every penny!

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

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Stupendous. Incredible. What an insight into the workings of the epic of old. Who'd have ever thought the 3-CD compendium would become reality. Thanks FSM.

I love Kaper's island love theme. Great score.

A great score, if impossible to absorb in one sitting. There's a bit too much barely "alternate" material here a times. Still, a magnificent score and set.

Weird - I just saw this flick for the first time yesterday!

Pretty lavish production :eek: - and while not a perfect film by any stretch, what entertainment! And a huge score to boot! I got tired of waiting for this to be released on bluray (it already appeared on HD-DVD so what's the hold-up???) so rented the 2 disc DVD. Now that I've discovered Kaper's score I have yet ANOTHER release I have to add to my "must buy" list....oh to have a money tree growing in my back yard!

I think this would be in anyone's FSM top five titles. That massive wall of sound just hits you like a sledge hammer. I really like the film. Brando is brilliant, I can't think of any other actor who would dare do that accent, I don't think any other actor could have got away with it. The DVD looks fantastic, I'm sure the Blu-ray will look even better.

I think this would be in anyone's FSM top five titles. [/endquote]

It's in my top 10 film scores of all time!


I prefer it to that 1935 version. And, yes, Brando was excellent.

I prefer it to that 1935 version. And, yes, Brando was excellent.[/endquote]

Ditto. Never could understand the criticism of this film. I avoided it on first release thanks to the carping of critics. Later I caught it at a suburban and was knocked out. Great film, great performances by both Brando and Howard. What was the problem with the critics? God knows. For me this leaves the '35 version in the dust.

This is my favorite film score, no other score is as rousing and emotionally moving. A close second is Battle of the Bulge, the Blue Max, El Cid, Ben Hur and believe it or not The Ghost and Mrs Muir, for me, its the string progressions, they knock me out

This is my favorite film score, no other score is as rousing and emotionally moving. A close second is Battle of the Bulge, the Blue Max, El Cid, Ben Hur and believe it or not The Ghost and Mrs Muir, for me, its the string progressions, they knock me out[/endquote]

This, GREEN MANSIONS and LORD JIM are brilliant Kaper scores.

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Robert Armbruster

Victor Arno, Leonard Atkins, Israel Baker, Rocco Barbieri, George Berres, Joachim Chassman, Samuel Cytron, Kurt Dieterle, Elliot Fisher, David Frisina, Joseph Gorner, Mort Herbert, Davida Jackson, Arnold T. Jurasky, Anatol Kaminsky, Louis Kaufman, Murray Kellner, Bernard Kundell, William Kurasch, Marvin Limonick, Dan Lube, Alfred Lustgarten, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Leonard Malarsky, Thomas C. Mancini, Emanuel Moss, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Irma W. Neumann, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Sally Raderman (aka Sarah Kreindler), Albert Saparoff, Sidney Sharp, Paul C. Shure, Felix Slatkin, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Heimann Weinstine, Byron Williams, Hrach Yacoubian

Myer Bello, Alvin Dinkin, Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Harry A. Hyams, Maxine Johnson, Mary Laporte, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Robert Ostrowsky, Paul Robyn, Sanford Schonbach, Barbara A. Simons (Transue)

Alexander Borisoff, Joseph DiTullio, Justin DiTullio, Adolph Frezin, Ossip Giskin, Raymond J. Kelley, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Lucien Laporte, Irving Lipschultz, Michel Penha, W. Przybyla, Kurt Reher, Eleanor Slatkin

George F. Boujie, Mario Camposano, Peter A. Mercurio, Keith "Red" Mitchell, Meyer (Mike) Rubin, Arthur Shapiro

Luella Howard, Martin Ruderman, Sylvia Ruderman

Norman Benno, Arnold Koblentz, William Kosinski

Gus Bivona, Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang), Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi

Charles A. Gould, Jack Marsh, Robert Swanson

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent N. DeRosa, Vincent DeRubertis, Arthur Frantz, William A. Hinshaw, Herman Lebow, Sinclair Lott, Arthur Maebe, Jr., Richard E. Perissi, George F. Price, Harry Schmidt

John Audino, Frank Beach, Irving R. Bush, John Clyman, Robert Divall, Leonard Mach, Uan Rasey, George Werth, James C. Zito

Edward Kusby, Randall Miller, Richard Noel, Tommy Pederson, Herb Taylor, Bill Williams (aka George Davenport)

D'Artagnan Liagre

Ignace Hillsberg, Artie Kane

Laurindo Almeida, Allen Reuss

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Carl Fortina

Dale L. Anderson, John T. Boudreau, Larry Bunker, Frank L. Carlson, Richard Cornell, Lou Erickson, Frank "Hico" Guerrero, Ralph Hansell, Preston Lodwick, Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Mel Pedesky, Harold L. "Hal" Rees, D. V. Seber

Leo Arnaud, Robert Franklyn

Orchestra Manager:
James C. Whelan

Gene Bren, John C. Caper, Jr., Wolfgang Fraenkel, Robert Franklyn, Maurice Gerson, Donald J. Midgley, Richard Petrie, Fred Sternberg, Harry Taylor, Bill Williams (aka George Davenport)

Jules Megeff

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