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BUtterfield 8: Bronislau Kaper at M-G-M, Vol. 1 (1954-1962)
Music by Bronislau Kaper
BUtterfield 8: Bronislau Kaper at M-G-M, Vol. 1 BUtterfield 8: Bronislau Kaper at M-G-M, Vol. 1 BUtterfield 8: Bronislau Kaper at M-G-M, Vol. 1
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Price: $44.95
Limited #: 1200
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: July 2010
Catalog #: Vol. 13, No. 9
# of Discs: 3

Bronislau Kaper’s phenomenal versatility made him an ideal choice for a variety of film genres during his two and a half decades of work at M-G-M. Much of his output has already been explored by previous FSM releases, but this limited-edition, six-film 3CD set (limited to 1,200 copies) fills in some important gaps in the Kaper discography.

Disc One includes three scores from the 1950s, each a model of economy distinguished by Kaper’s melodic gift and unerring dramatic skill. The Power and the Prize (1956) was a contemporary fable about corporate greed, but its music focuses on a lush and florid romantic theme that is subjected to variations throughout the film. Her Twelve Men (1954) was a sort of female Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and it mines a more sentimental vein, centered on a school song that Kaper effortlessly blends into his underscore. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956, conducted by Miklós Rózsa) was based on the autobiography of prizefighter Rocky Graziano; it includes a few cues of urban-tinged symphonic jazz (à la Leonard Bernstein’s On the Waterfront) plus developments of its hymn-like title song.

Disc Two features two scores Kaper wrote just prior to Mutiny on the Bounty(FSM Vol. 7, No. 16): Ada and Two Loves (both 1961). Although the films are largely forgotten today, Kaper contributed a dramatic and sensitive score to each, characterized by his penchant for effective understatement. The music is pithy, not epic—and often brooding. Much of Ada (a melodramatic tale of political corruption in the South) is especially somber, painted in dark orchestral colors (low strings, clarinet, English horn); Two Loves (which featured Shirley MacLaine as an expatriate American in a complicated romantic triangle) is leavened by more expansive writing which reflects the Northern New Zealand setting. These scores also demonstrate Kaper’s skill in weaving music by others into the fabric of his own; Ada makes use of a gospel number (“May the Lord Bless You Real Good”) and Two Loves incorporates one of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes for piano.

The final disc is devoted to one of Kaper’s most-requested titles: the hard-hitting contemporary drama, BUtterfield 8 (1960). The score, while traditionally symphonic, is suffused with an undertone of jazz that reflects the sultry, Oscar-winning performance by Elizabeth Taylor as a sophisticated “escort” who wants desperately to find true love. From its extraordinary opening sequence (nearly nine minutes of music virtually uninterrupted by dialogue) to its tragic dénouement, Kaper’s sophisticated music brings operatic depth to the film’s turbulent emotions. Its saxophone-driven main theme is one of the most popular tunes by this master melodist; it is known to fans in countless cover versions, but the original soundtrack has never been available—until now.

This compilation includes the complete orchestral scores for all six films (two vocals are not included due to licensing restrictions) and, as always, numerous bonus tracks—including a spill-over from FSM’s Mutiny on the Bounty. All but Somebody Up There Likes Me are presented in stereo. The booklet, designed by Joe Sikoryak, includes concise background information on the films and their music by Frank K. DeWald, plus track lists, film stills and posters. More extensive essays and full track-by-track commentaries in the finest FSM tradition are available online









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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BUtterfield 8: Bronislau Kaper at M-G-M, Vol. 1 (1954-1962)

Film Score Monthly proudly presents this 3CD 1200 edition release!

It's an avalanche!

We've fallen into a tub of Butterfield today, film music fans!

Wow! I ordered this immediately. Thanks!

Now I'm wondering what will be in Vol. 2.

Damn it, Lukas. Ordered!!!

Looks like FSM is moving to a low print run.

Looks like FSM is moving to a low print run.[/endquote]

Well it keeps costs low since this release isn't exactly going to fly off the shelves.


Dang. I'm surprised that FSM is even starting to go below 1500 copies now. I hope this lasts long enough for me to get it some day when I have spare cash...

I wonder how many volumes of Kaper at M-G-M there will be (or Schifrin for that matter). It seems like Lukas is starting to take the Rozsa Treasury approach to remaining MGM material from other composers as well, systematically releasing it all but this time in smaller sets as the composers don't have the following of Rozsa. Here's hoping for a Previn at M-G-M set containing all the remaining surviving music he wrote for the studio.


15 years ago, I dared only DREAM that we'd one day get the complete "Mutiny on the Bounty."

The biggest joy I've experienced through FSM (and there have been MANY joys) is the way this label has embraced the works of Bronislau Kaper!

Always vastly underrepresented on LP, we have seen his discography grow and grow. Each title is distinctive and wonderful.

And now we get "Vol. 1!!!!!!!" of Kaper at MGM. I can barely catch my breath!

Thank you, FSM!

A great set and a nice adddition to the FSM Kaper discography!

It seems that the Perry Como song from SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME could not be licensed and was replaced by a demo vocal in the Main Title.

I am also wondering a bit why THE ANGEL WORE RED from 1960 is not included in this set from 1954-1962. Will it come in a Vol. 2 or are there no tapes available anymore?

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Track List
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
Butterfield 8
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Two Loves

Leader (Conductor):
Robert Armbruster, Johnny Green, Bronislau Kaper

Israel Baker, Joachim Chassman, Sam Fiedler, Sam Freed, Jr., Werner L. Gebauer, Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Bernard Kundell, Alfred Lustgarten, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Arthur Maebe, Sr., Lisa Minghetti, Erno Neufeld, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Sally Raderman (aka Sarah Kreindler), Albert Saparoff, Herman Seidel, Paul C. Shure, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Byron Williams

Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Robert Ostrowsky

Alexander Borisoff, Ossip Giskin, Julian Kahn, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Irving Lipschultz, Michel Penha, W. Przybyla, Eleanor Slatkin

George F. Boujie, Mario Camposano, Louis Previati, Arthur Shapiro

Arthur Gleghorn

Norman Benno, William Criss, Arnold Koblentz, H. Vincent Schipilitti

Norman Benno, Gus Bivona, Mort B. Friedman, Alex Gershunoff, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi, Andrew Young

Charles A. Gould, Robert Swanson

Gus Bivona, Don Lodice (Logiudice)

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent DeRubertis, William A. Hinshaw, Herman Lebow, Arthur Maebe, Jr.

Uan Rasey, Joe Triscari, James C. Zito

Nick DiMaio, Randall Miller, Richard Noel, Herb Taylor, Simon Zentner

George F. Boujie

Pete Jolly (Ceragloli), Max Rabinowitsh, Milton Raskin, Robert Van Eps

Joseph Robert Gibbons

Joseph Robert Gibbons

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

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

Gene Bren, Wolfgang Fraenkel, Maurice Gerson, Arthur W. Grier, Donald J. Midgley, Richard Petrie, Fred Sternberg, Harry Taylor

Jules Megeff

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