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Plymouth Adventure (1952)
Music by Miklos Rozsa
Plymouth Adventure Plymouth Adventure
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: February 2003
Catalog #: Vol. 6, No. 1
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music

M-G-M's 1952 Plymouth Adventure was a sincere attempt to tell a vital piece of American history: the 1620 voyage of the Mayflower. Spencer Tracy stars as the ship's crusty Captain Jones, surrounded by a game cast including Gene Tierney, Van Johnson, Lloyd Bridges, Barry Jones, Dawn Addams, Noel Drayton and John Dehner. Producer Dore Schary aspired for historical accuracy and sought to redress misconceptions about the Pilgrims even as he concocted a colorful piece of Hollywood entertainment. The film has become a staple of Thanksgiving television broadcasts, and its production design (including a full-size Mayflower) and Academy Award-winning special effects still impress.

Composer Miklós Rózsa researched period music for his score and used for his main theme a Psalm setting which the Pilgrims would have known (Psalm 136). He composed the remainder of his themes "in the manner of the 17th Century lutenist composers" (in his words), although not to the point where it would interfere with the drama. Composed at the beginning of his "historical" cycle (which kicked off with Quo Vadis? and Ivanhoe), Plymouth Adventure is a magnificent Rozsa effort capturing the spirit and travails of the Puritan Separatists, with numerous melodies for the various characters. His thrusting cue for the Mayflower leaving harbor ("The Mayflower") is a virtual template for ships sailing forth, emulated in everything from Mutiny on the Bounty to Star Trek.

FSM's premiere CD release of Plymouth Adventure features the complete score as heard in the film plus additional material: Rózsa recorded his score in seven sessions over six weeks (to match changing versions of the film), and alternate versions of many important cues are also included. Although originally recorded in stereo, the film's master tapes were long ago transferred to 1/4" tape and the music is thus presented in the best possible monaural sound.

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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Leader (Conductor):
David Buttolph, Miklos Rozsa

Violin:
Samuel Albert, Dave Crocov, Sam Fiedler, Werner L. Gebauer, Saul Grant, Sidney Greene, Mort Herbert, Duci De Kerenjarto, Sol Kindler, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Arthur Maebe, Sr., Lisa Minghetti, Emanuel Moss, Robert Pollack, Lou Raderman, Al Vertchamp, Eunice Wennermark, Byron Williams, Leo Zorn

Viola:
Cecil Figelski, Morris Lederman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Germain Prevost, Jack (Jacques) Ray

Cello:
Alexander Borisoff, Alex Bunchuk, Alex Compinsky, Fernand Lhoest, Irving Lipschultz, Edgar Lustgarten, Michel Penha, Harold Schneier

Bass:
George F. Boujie, Louis Previati, Arthur Shapiro

Flute:
Aaron Gershunoff

Oboe:
Philip Memoli

Clarinet:
Gus Bivona, Mort B. Friedman, Alex Gershunoff, Don Lodice (Logiudice), D. H. McKenney, Andrew Young

Bassoon:
Charles A. Gould

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

Trumpet:
Colin Creitz, Uan Rasey, Irvin Shulkin, Joe Triscari

Trombone:
Walter Benson, Herb Taylor, Simon Zentner

Piano:
Jacob Gimpel, Milton Raskin

Guitar:
Jack Marshall

Harp:
Mary Jane Barton

Accordion:
Fred Travers

Drums:
Frank L. Carlson, Preston Lodwick, Mel Pedesky, D. V. Seber

Orchestra Manager:
James C. Whelan

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