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Prince of Foxes (1949)
Music by Alfred Newman
Prince of Foxes Prince of Foxes
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Price: $14.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: July 1999
Catalog #: Vol. 2, No. 5
# of Discs: 1

If Erich Wolfgang Korngold served as the supreme musical accompanist to Errol Flynn's swashbucklers at Warner Bros., Alfred Newman performed the same duties, and with equal zeal and skill, for the dashing Tyrone Power costume epics at 20th Century-Fox. Throughout the 1940s, Newman scored The Mark of Zorro, Son of Fury, The Black Swan, Prince of Foxes and Captain from Castile. And yet, except for Captain from Castile, these soaring, colorful scores from Fox's chief composer have been largely neglected.

In this second Golden Age Classics release from Film Score Monthly, that half-century of neglect is at last being addressed with the release of all surviving tracks from Prince of Foxes (1949), and in bracing stereophonic sound. Regarded by many as Newman's masterpiece at Fox (acclaim for The Song of Bernadette and Captain from Castile notwithstanding) and long requested from the Fox archives, Prince of Foxes harks back to his epic score The Hunchback of Notre Dame, capturing the dawn of learning and spiritual renewal symbolized by the Renaissance, yet at the same time conjuring up the evil inherent in all tyrants.

Concerning a young soldier-of-fortune (Power) who joins up with black-hearted Cesare Borgia (Orson Welles) to do his wicked misdeeds, only to succumb to love and honor along the way, Prince of Foxes proved to be one of the studio's less successful box-office efforts in post-war America. And yet, there is much to recommend, including Newman's unusually visceral score, boasting a spirited heroic theme for the artist-turned-adventurer which the composer cleverly dissects in order to show the impulses and dilemmas churning within him. In addition, this often darkly atmospheric original soundtrack include several minutes of music trimmed from the film and heard here for the first time.

In addition to rare stills from Fox archives, Bill Whitaker's liner notes include a history of the film, a look at Newman's role overseeing Fox's remarkable music department, an analysis of the score and a definitive explanation of how stereo tracks for this and other Fox soundtracks came to be in the 1940s.

Alfred Newman Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Alfred Newman (1901-1970) is one of the most important figures in the history of movie music, a nine-time Oscar winner (with 45 nominations overall) who was head of music at Twentieth Century-Fox in the 1940s and '50s. His influence as a composer and executive cannot be understated; he invented the "Newman System" of synchronizing music to picture and is the patriarch of the Newman family of composers and musicians (Lionel, Randy, David, Thomas and others). Just a sampling of his work as a composer includes How Green Was My Valley, Captain From Castile, All About Eve, The Robe and The Diary of Anne FrankIMDB

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Instruments/Musicians
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Leader (Conductor):
Alfred Newman

Violin:
Sol Babitz, Israel Baker, George Berres, Henry Camusi, Joachim Chassman, Adolph DiTullio, Peter Ellis, Henry Hill, William Hymanson, Bernard Kundell, Eugene Lamas, Marvin Limonick, Marion McKinstry, Irma W. Neumann, David Selmont, Sidney Sharp, Paul C. Shure, Felix Slatkin, Oscar Wasserberger

Viola:
Edgardo A. Acosta, Myer Bello, Alvin Dinkin, William Hymanson, Alex Neiman, Robert Ostrowsky, Sven Reher, Joseph Reilich

Cello:
Joseph Coppin, Joseph DiTullio, Justin DiTullio, Leonard Krupnick, Kurt Reher, Alexander Reisman

Bass:
Vernon Bushway, Paul Gregory, C. Magdelano Rivera

Flute:
Maxim Gershunoff, Arthur Hoberman, Luella Howard, Paul McLarand, Barbara Moore (Putnam), Sterling D. Smith

Oboe:
Margret Allen, William Kosinski, Gordon Pope

Clarinet:
Russell Cheever, Peyton LeGare, Edward R. Miller, Lyle E. Sharpe, William A. Ulyate

Bassoon:
Don Christlieb, Carl Jeschke

Saxophone:
Edward R. Miller

French Horn:
Alfred Brain, Huntington Burdick, Joseph B. Eger, Wendell Hoss, George W. Hyde, Eugene W. Ober

Trumpet:
Don H. Anderson, Morris Boltuch, John Clyman, Maxim Gershunoff, James Heaton, Jr., Edward Shiner

Trombone:
W. J. Atkinson, Marlo Imes, John Tranchitella, Simon Zentner

Tuba:
L. W. Kotter

Piano:
Urban Thielmann

Organ:
Albert Hay Malotte

Guitar:
Vito Mumolo

Mandolin:
Garcia Granada, Herman Mariani, Michael Scheidlmaier, George W. Smith

Harp:
Lois Adele Craft, Myra Dennis (Hawley)

Accordion:
Ernest Felice

Drums:
Victor Berton, Richard Cornell, Paul DeDroit, Lee Joe Perrin, Al Rich

Orchestra Manager:
Simon Waronker

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