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Home From the Hill (1960)
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Home From the Hill Home From the Hill
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: February 2003
Catalog #: Vol. 6, No. 3
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music

Home From the Hill (1960) is a Southern family drama featuring a quartet of excellent performances: Robert Mitchum as a powerful Texas patriarch; Eleanor Parker as his brittle wife; George Hamilton as their sheltered son; and George Peppard as Mitchum's worldly (but illegitimate) other son. Masterfully directed by Vincente Minnelli, the film features glossy M-G-M production values on the one hand, and beautifully handled restraint on the other, with each character presented in a sympathetic light even as the plot drives them into inexorable conflict.

The score to Home From the Hill is one of the masterpieces of Bronislau Kaper (The Prodigal, Mutiny on the Bounty), an accomplished composer with a gift for melody. Born in Poland and raised in Europe, Kaper was one of several emigrant composers who ironically had a gift for evoking the American heartland. His themes for Home From the Hill seem as timeless as the land itself and as belonging as the Southern hospitality of the characters. He weaves through the film's interconnected maze of relationships, evoking love—both familial and romantic—as well as tension and violence: first for a dangerous wild boar hunt, and later a climactic manhunt.

George Peppard said of his role in the film: "There's a long scene in Home From the Hill where the camera stays on me...People are always saying what a fine piece of acting it was. Actually, I didn't do anything but walk and stare ahead. All the acting was done by Kaper." It is one of the finest compliments ever paid to a film composer, and most deserving in the case of this special score.

FSM's premiere release of Home From the Hill features the complete underscore including four alternate selections. It is remixed in stereo from the original 35mm masters, with the exception of five passages recorded on 17.5mm monaural film at a later scoring session.

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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I got this cd for Christmas. Awfully, awfully pretty music here.

I really need to see the film, too.

I've had the title for many years and I listen to it at least once every six months. It's one of the scores that put Mr. Kaper on the map for me.

It is indeed a lovely score, from a fine composer.

Aquired this in a trade with a fellow FSMer...lovely score to a fine movie.

Aquired this in a trade with a fellow FSMer...lovely score to a fine movie.[/endquote]

I've also acquired a few titles through trades recently. Wonderful thing getting to share music in that way. Which reminds me, are you still looking for a copy of CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY Mr. Jack?

Anyone else think the main theme sound almost identical to City Slickers?

Which reminds me, are you still looking for a copy of CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY Mr. Jack?[/endquote]

Sure am. E-mail me at and maybe we can hash something out. :)

Which reminds me, are you still looking for a copy of CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY Mr. Jack?[/endquote]

Sure am. E-mail me at and maybe we can hash something out. :)[/endquote]

Will do!

One of Bronislau Kaper's very best. The Kingston Trio did it as well:

Gave this one the required 2nd play-thru whilst reading the track by track notes.

Wonderful score and damn I miss these packages. Nearly lost films, yet the music speaks for itself and the finest, detailed liner notes tell the story & history so well, I often don't feel a need to see the film.

The 'duty' theme puts me in mind of Waxman's CIMMARON, to where I was singing that lyric along to Kaper's score! Gonzo....yep.

Thanks for your sweat in advocating Kaper. He was a composer I never knew and had zero interest in learning.
I have every BK FSM CD and adore his work. You answered a lot of dreams, but Kaper ( & Previn) will always be my most grateful 'shares'.

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Charles Wolcott

Israel Baker, Samuel Cytron, Sam Fiedler, Sam Freed, Jr., Werner L. Gebauer, Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Bernard Kundell, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Arthur Maebe, Sr., Lisa Minghetti, Erno Neufeld, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Sally Raderman (aka Sarah Kreindler), Albert Saparoff, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Byron Williams

Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Abe Hochstein, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Sanford Schonbach

Alexander Borisoff, Julian Kahn, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Lucien Laporte, Fernand Lhoest, Michel Penha

George F. Boujie, Mario Camposano, Murray Shapinsky, Arthur Shapiro

Arthur Gleghorn

Norman Benno, Arnold Koblentz

Gus Bivona, Alex Gershunoff, Lloyd Hildebrand, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi

Charles A. Gould, Lloyd Hildebrand

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

Uan Rasey, Joe Triscari, James C. Zito

Randall Miller, Richard Noel, Herb Taylor

Donald R. Kemp, Max Rabinowitsh

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

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

Robert Franklyn, Herbert W. Spencer, Albert Woodbury

Robert Franklyn, Maurice Gerson, Donald J. Midgley, Richard Petrie, Harry Taylor

Jules Megeff

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