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 Posted:   Apr 13, 2024 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   neumation   (Member)

Coming this spring from Neumation Music, the first John Barry study score publication: THE LAST VALLEY.

Engraved from the recently recovered orchestrations by Bobby Richards.

https://neumation-music.com/products/john-barry-the-last-valley-in-full-score



Includes:

An introduction essay by Jon Burlingame.

A breakdown of all 48 cues explaining the various postproduction edits and unused/alternates.

The unused song lyrics.

This book has been in the works for quite awhile. We consulted all the production companies attached to the film and contacted the estates of the producers—no one could find a single scrap of paper from the production. What’s here is all that is known to exist. I was very happy to have had input from the late Gergeli Hubai shortly before his passing.

Coming much later will be an article about Bobby Richards with comments by his family and discussion of his work with Barry in his own words, excerpted from an archival recording!

There are more big plans in the works that should make Barry fans happy. TBA at a later date!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2024 - 2:02 PM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

What wonderful news! I’m so excited you are releasing this amazing score. I look forward to reading it. Thank you!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2024 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

I've been waiting!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2024 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   KonstantinosZ   (Member)


There are more big plans in the works that should make Barry fans happy. TBA at a later date!


Hope for DANCES WITH WOLVES!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2024 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   Steven Lloyd   (Member)

Aw heck, neumation... when you discreetly hinted here a few months ago, in a different John Barry thread, that fans of THE LAST VALLEY would get to hear the complete score (including pre-revision, unused, and alternate cues) "sooner rather than later," I mistakenly assumed that the full original recordings had turned up. I can't read music; but this will be the first publication of a full score that will be worth my purchase.

THE LAST VALLEY is my favorite Barry score. The film (as released) is not a masterpiece, yet it's quite underrated and still sadly little-known to the world beyond hardcore film-music enthusiasts. Burlingame's essay plus the promised discussion of the extensive re-edits that both film and score have suffered should be worth $75 to me. Although decades ago I lost hope of ever getting to see the picture's original roadshow version, this Neumation volume promises to provide me with specifics I've long wanted to learn. Thanks for undertaking this project!

Besides -- with score in hand, perhaps a musician friend one day might at least let me hear some of these pieces for solo piano or cello. That's also better than nothing.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2024 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

George Winston recorded "A Christmas Song" from The Last Valley--sounds really nice (and I'm not really a Winston fan). He also recorded Barry's "Troubadour."

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2024 - 6:17 PM   
 By:   neumation   (Member)

Aw heck, neumation... when you discreetly hinted here a few months ago, in a different John Barry thread, that fans of THE LAST VALLEY would get to hear the complete score (including pre-revision, unused, and alternate cues) "sooner rather than later," I mistakenly assumed that the full original recordings had turned up. I can't read music; but this will be the first publication of a full score that will be worth my purchase.

There’s more news to come..

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2024 - 6:46 PM   
 By:   Steven Lloyd   (Member)

There’s more news to come..

Yes, I did read the last line in the announcement posted above. But since I assumed too much in the first place, I'm reining-in my speculation on your latest "TBA."

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2024 - 8:37 PM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

This is great news, especially considering the lack of published Barry scores.

Many thanks to all the people involved in this!

Alex

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2024 - 8:40 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

There’s more news to come..



Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2024 - 8:57 PM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

Did Bobby Richards orchestrate Walkabout, as well?

This would be another dream come true to see in print.

Alex

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2024 - 9:54 PM   
 By:   neumation   (Member)

Did Bobby Richards orchestrate Walkabout, as well?

This would be another dream come true to see in print.

Alex


To the best of my knowledge, no he did not. John typically used Bobby for the larger scores. The smaller scores John orchestrated himself.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2024 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)


Engraved from the recently recovered orchestrations by Bobby Richards.


Hi, Neumation.

During June of 2023, you had updated the FSM thread on Kritzerland's issue of The Sailor Who Fell from Grace With the Sea verifying that its recording sessions were done in the U.K. during early 1976 & that Bobby Richards was its copyist/orchestrator.

I am guessing that Neumation had access to Bobby Richards' archives earlier in 2023 and had found out about that Johnny Mandel score whilst assembling The Last Valley for this publication.

Are there any other (non-Barry) scores orchestrated by Bobby Richards (such as The Stick Up) that might be publishable?
[I suppose the brevity of Mandel's Sailor would curtail any motivation to circulate it in print]

What exists of Mr. Richards' own scores (like Blood Suckers or School for Unclaimed Girls)?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2024 - 7:30 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

I didn't know about the Richards/Mandel connection. This might explain Mandel's praise of Barry--and Mandel's extremely close borrowing from "The Lion in Winter" (orchestrated by Richards) in The Verdict. Did Richards orchestrate The Verdict?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2024 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   neumation   (Member)


Engraved from the recently recovered orchestrations by Bobby Richards.


Are there any other (non-Barry) scores orchestrated by Bobby Richards (such as The Stick Up) that might be publishable?
[I suppose the brevity of Mandel's Sailor would curtail any motivation to circulate it in print]

What exists of Mr. Richards' own scores (like Blood Suckers or School for Unclaimed Girls)?


Sailor is a score we would like to publish. Not familiar with Stick Up. Several of Bobby’s film scores do exist. “School for Unclaimed Girls” and “Blood Suckers” exist in holograph score. He did some uncredited work for BBC and ATV in the 60s up to the late 70s, but this would require more research to determine what productions he worked on.

We are pondering the idea of producing recordings of Bobby’s film scores. The Black Torment is pretty cool.

 
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