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 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Jörn   (Member)


Just watch the DVD-edition of the Cousteau Television series from the 60`s and was very impressed by the scores of Rosenmann and Walter Scharf.

Was there every any release of that great music ?

Maybe there is some hope, that some label will release some of the music (as Intrada did with
the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC scores witch they sadly never continiued)?!

Its a real unreleased (and for many people unkown) gem!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 5:34 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Just watch the DVD-edition of the Cousteau Television series from the 60`s and was very impressed by the scores of Rosenmann and Walter Scharf.

Was there every any release of that great music ?

Maybe there is some hope, that some label will release some of the music (as Intrada did with
the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC scores witch they sadly never continiued)?!

Its a real unreleased (and for many people unkown) gem!



Was it due to lack of interest or are the master tapes lost?

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 6:18 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

They weren't the only composers, though Schart did most of them. There's actually an episdoe where both he and Rosenman are credited for the score.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 6:45 PM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

They weren't the only composers, though Schart did most of them. There's actually an episdoe where both he and Rosenman are credited for the score.

Unfortunate typo alert! big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 2:46 AM   
 By:   finder4545   (Member)

Documentary always was the right field for free composition and first rate film music. Jacques Cousteau gave us, along with scientific knowledge of the sea world, a true ocean of music for listening. What a pity it had so little release on record. I still hold in my collection two drops of that ocean, one being the masterful composition of Walter Scharf THE LEGEND OF THE LIVING SEA, about 40 min., made in the 70’s for an exhibition, issued on vinyl OR 7111, and another, a wonderful CD on JOS Records by John Scott, with episodes CAPE HORN (Waters of the Wind) and CHANNEL ISLANDS (Waters of Contention and Days of Future Past), with Scott conducting RPO and Berlin Radio Conc.Orch. JOS Records issued a lot of Cousteau’s CD. I remember handling more copies of LEGEND, at the time of exchanging albums around the World in the 80’s, and remember a guy named Paul Merritt who was highly helpful for my collection. Somebody knows of him?

 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

Scharf's wonderful main and end title music to the series (along with its other scores) have never been released, but the Spanish DVD release had the main and end titles nicely isolated on the menus. I wonder if the Rosenman/Scharf co-credit was just the result of tracking--the documentary series was running fairly regularly in the late 60s/early 70s and it's possible they didn't score every one with original music. But I would LOVE to see any of this show's music released--Scharf's TV theme is one of my all-time favorites.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Do the scores have a watery sound? Vibes, harp, alto flute?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Scharf's wonderful main and end title music to the series (along with its other scores) have never been released, but the Spanish DVD release had the main and end titles nicely isolated on the menus. I wonder if the Rosenman/Scharf co-credit was just the result of tracking--the documentary series was running fairly regularly in the late 60s/early 70s and it's possible they didn't score every one with original music. But I would LOVE to see any of this show's music released--Scharf's TV theme is one of my all-time favorites.


It IS a marvelous theme, and just perfect for the subject. Circa 1989-90, Walter Scharf conducted some of his music with the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra; the pieces performed included a specially-arranged version of the "Cousteau" theme. The whole thing was issued on a videotape titled 'Stately Wyoming' and the footage of Scharf conducting is unique. The VHS tape is very rare these days, hard to find.

I was just getting into film music in the late sixties when the original Jacques Cousteau programmes were being aired on TV in the UK (in monochrome, then). I took to Scharf's music immediately and have been a great fan of his ever since. A true Hollywood work-horse, if ever there was one. He could do it all.

More recently, I discovered over here a box-set with ten of the original episodes of The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. It was great to hear that theme again, in it's original setting, and now to see the programmes in colour. I don't think the Rosenman-scored episode is included, but I have yet to see everything. Certainly I have already come across Bernardo Segall and Kenyon Hopkins as episode-scorers.

"Wilderness Trail" (much of which is included in the afore-mentioned 'Stately Wyoming' videotape) remains Scharf's magnum opus; followed closely by 'The Legend of the Living Sea', mentioned elsewhere in this thread. Walter Scharf remains the MOST under-rated and under-valued composer in the annals of Music from Hollywood. (IMHO).

- JMM.

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Jörn   (Member)



"Wilderness Trail" (much of which is included in the afore-mentioned 'Stately Wyoming' videotape) remains Scharf's magnum opus; followed closely by 'The Legend of the Living Sea', mentioned elsewhere in this thread. Walter Scharf remains the MOST under-rated and under-valued composer in the annals of Music from Hollywood. (IMHO).

- JMM.



I FULLY AGREE!!!

 
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