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Invitation/A Life of Her Own (1952/1950)
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Invitation/A Life of Her Own Invitation/A Life of Her Own Invitation/A Life of Her Own
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: November 2005
Catalog #: Vol. 8, No. 17
# of Discs: 1

Bronislau Kaper was a composer of classic film songs as well as film scores—"Lili," "On Green Dolphin Street" and "All God's Chillun Have Rhythm" are among his most famous works. One of his loveliest melodies he actually used in two "women's pictures": first in A Life of Her Own (1950), then in Invitation (1952), presumably because the first film did not perform well and the theme was too good to let it go to waste. This CD features the complete score to Invitation (plus source music), followed by the surviving tracks to A Life of Her Own.

Invitation starred Dorothy Maguire as a married woman who discovers that her perfect husband (Van Johnson) might have been "purchased" for her by her overprotective father, and that she might have a fatal illness. Kaper's "Theme From Invitation" dominates the score as a haunting expression of Maguire's anxiety, love and heartbreak, but the soundtrack also features beautiful, transparent writing for her family life, and dark currents for her obsessive search for the truth.

A Life of Her Own starred Lana Turner as a New York City model embroiled in an affair with a married man (Ray Milland). Although directed by George Cukor, it soon disappeared from theaters—spurring Kaper to reuse his theme later. The surviving tracks consist mostly of source music, along with a few cues of Kaper's dramatic score, similar to Invitation and interpolating the gorgeous melody as a recurring source cue for piano.

Many cues from Invitation are presented in rudimentary stereo, due to the prominent use of piano which was recorded on its own channel; the balance of the CD is in mono.

At last, one of cinema's loveliest melodies—which became a veritable "standard" of popular music—is fully documented in this premiere FSM CD.

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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A Life Of Her Own
Invitation

Leader (Conductor):
Johnny Green

Violin:
Samuel Albert, Rocco Barbieri, Dave Crocov, Sam Fiedler, Werner L. Gebauer, Ernest Gill, Sidney Greene, Mort Herbert, Sol Kindler, Mark Levant, Louis Limonick, Arthur Maebe, Sr., Emanuel Moss, Jaime Overton, Lou Raderman, Herman Seidel, Al Vertchamp, Eunice Wennermark

Viola:
Cecil Figelski, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Germain Prevost

Cello:
Alexander Borisoff, Alex Bunchuk, Fernand Lhoest, Edgar Lustgarten

Bass:
Louis Previati, Arthur Shapiro, Charles Smith

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, Herman Lebow

Trumpet:
Uan Rasey, Irvin Shulkin, Joe Triscari

Trombone:
Walter Benson, Herb Taylor, Bud Youngman, Simon Zentner

Piano:
Harry Frohman, Jacob Gimpel, Milton Raskin

Guitar:
Jack Marshall

Harp:
Mary Jane Barton, Paula Schertzinger Chaloupka

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

Orchestra Manager:
James C. Whelan

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