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May 28, 2000

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Morituri

Music from gladiator movies ("morituri te salutamus"—"we who are about to die salute you"—was how the gladiators saluted Caesar before the festivities began)

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Main Title Dr. Strangelove—Music from the Films of Stanley Kubrick City of Prague Philharmonic cond. by Paul Bateman From Spartacus (1960). The score is by Alex North (1910-1991), and this recording uses his original manuscript, which includes some brass and percussion effects deleted form the final print. A Julliard graduate and student of Aaron Copland and Ernst Toch, North's credits include A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman (both 1951), The Rainmaker (1956), Cleopatra (1963), Dragonslayer (1981), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) and many others. He also wrote for the New York theatre and concert stage before beginning his Hollywood career.
Ave Caesar Film Scores of Miklos Rozsa Orchestra cond. by Miklos Rozsa From Rozsa's score for Quo Vadis (1951), recorded in glorious living mono in Hollywood in 1953.
Quo Vadis Domine? Film Scores of Miklos Rozsa Orchestra cond. by Miklos Rozsa Ditto. Rozsa was born in Budapest in 1907 and educated in Leipzig, Paris, and London. He was a violin player by age 5, wrote a ballet in his 20s and later composed numerous symphonic and choral pieces. Rozsa got his start in film composing working for director (and fellow Hungarian) Alexander Korda
Prelude Film Scores of Miklos Rozsa Orchestra cond. by Miklos Rozsa From Ben-Hur (1959), one of the three scores for which Rozsa won the Oscar. The others were Spellbound (1945, noted for its use of the Theremin) and A Double Life (1947).
Parade of the Charioteers Film Scores of Miklos Rozsa Orchestra cond. by Miklos Rozsa Rozsa's dozens of famous film scores include The Thief of Baghdad (1940), Double Indemnity (1944), Julius Caesar (1953), The Green Berets (1968), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
There's Something About a War A Stephen Sondheim Evening (OC 1983) Cris Groenendaal, chorus Originally written for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (which is being produced by the Muny this summer), where it was to be sung by the braggart general Miles Gloriosus. The song never even made it into rehearsals, which is a pity.
The Glory of Rome Gladiator (OS 2000) The Lyndhurst Orchestra cond. by Gavin Greenaway Score by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard (formerly of the rock group Dead Can Dance), who also sings the solo vocals
Strength and Honor Gladiator (OS 2000) The Lyndhurst Orchestra cond. by Gavin Greenaway A native of Germany, Zimmer got his start writing jingles and pop hits such as "Video Killed the Radio Star". He received two Oscar nominations in 1999 (for Prince of Egypt and The Thin Red Line). His other films include The Lion King, As Good as It Gets, The Last Emperor (with Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Byrne), Thelma and Louise, Backdraft, A League of Their Own, and many others.
Reunion Gladiator (OS 2000) The Lyndhurst Orchestra cond. by Gavin Greenaway His most recent score can be heard (along with lots of explosions and other effects) in Mission Impossible: 2, now at local theatres. According to his official bio, Zimmer is "a pioneer in the use of digital synthesizers, advanced computer technology, electronic keyboards and their successful integration with the traditional orchestra in music for film and television".
Slaves to Rome Gladiator (OS 2000) The Lyndhurst Orchestra cond. by Gavin Greenaway  
Swing Rave Titus (OS 1999) London Metropolitan Orchestra The wildly eclectic score for this wildly eclectic film version of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus is by Elliot Goldenthal, a student of Aaron Copland and John Corigliano who earned both his Bachelor's and Masters Degree in musical composition at the Manhattan School of Music. He has written extensively for the theatre (often for shows directed by Julie Taymor, who directed Titus) and concert stages as well as for films. His previous scores include Heat, Michael Collins, and A Time to Kill.
Pickled Heads Titus (OS 1999) Probably the Pickled Heads Band Oddest film music cut in my experience. One of many remarkable cuts on this album.
Vivere Titus (OS 1999) ? CD doesn't have any information This is either a genuine recording from the '30s or thereabouts, or a very clever fake.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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