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Ride Vaquero!/The Outriders (1953/1950)
Music by Bronislau Kaper, Andre Previn
Ride Vaquero!/The Outriders Ride Vaquero!/The Outriders Ride Vaquero!/The Outriders
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Price: $14.96
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: July 2007
Catalog #: Vol. 10, No. 9
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement With Turner Classic Movies Music.

This CD features two previously unreleased scores from M-G-M westerns: Ride Vaquero! by Bronislau Kaper and The Outriders by Andre Previn. Both films follow protagonists who start out on the wrong side of justice, and through romantic pursuits find redemption—but not without violent confrontation of their former allies. The scores are dynamic, melodic and dramatic—perfectly suited to the dark stories and the mythic grandeur of the West.

Ride Vaquero! (1953) starred Anthony Quinn as a fiery Mexican bandito, Robert Taylor as his enigmatic right-hand man, and Ava Gardner as a beautiful settler's wife. Bronislau Kaper's stirring score follows in the footsteps of Alex North's dynamic Viva Zapata! (also featuring Quinn) in its jaunty rhythms and Mexican flavor, with prominent use of guitar and mariachi-style trumpet. The score evokes Mexican culture through the use of authentic folk melodies, which combined with Kaper's original themes—presented in thundering action cues as well as introspective moments—makes for a stirring listen, one of Kaper's finest genre scores of the 1950s.

The Outriders (1950) was a Civil War western starring Joel McCrea, Barry Sullivan and James Whitmore as three escaped Rebel soldiers who are enlisted by a band of Southern guerrillas to steal a shipment of Northern gold. The score by 21-year-old André Previn evokes the breadth and excitement of the West without sounding necessarily Coplandesque. A stunningly mature work technically, it features a certain youthful exuberance in its majestic main title theme and uncompromising symphonic action.

FSM's premiere release of both scores features the complete dramatic score to Ride Vaquero!—with a bonus section of source music—and the surviving underscore from The Outriders (one-half lost due to the era in which it was recorded). The entire CD is in good monaural sound. Liner notes are by Lukas Kendall.

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

Andre Previn Scores on FSM
About the Composer

André Previn (b. 1929) famously broke into film scoring at M-G-M while still a teenager—he was a child prodigy as a classical and jazz pianist who took to composing and arranging as well. In his twenties and thirties he scored numerous films and acted as music director for famous movie musicals like Gigi, Porgy and Bess and My Fair Lady. He largely retired from film in the late 1960s—fed up with Hollywood—to pursue a career as a classical conductor; he has also written operas and stayed active as a recording artist. Previn's early work as a film composer (much of it on obscure projects) is of startlingly high quality and FSM will continue to release it where possible. IMDB

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
Ride Vaquero!
The Outriders

Leader (Conductor):
Johnny Green, Andre Previn

Violin:
Samuel Albert, Dave Crocov, Sam Fiedler, Werner L. Gebauer, Ernest Gill, Saul Grant, Sidney Greene, Mort Herbert, Sol Kindler, Mark Levant, Louis Limonick, Arthur Maebe, Sr., Lisa Minghetti, Emanuel Moss, 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:
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, 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, Hans Sommers

Guitar:
Jose Barroso, 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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