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Rich and Famous/One Is a Lonely Number (1981/1972)
Music by Georges Delerue, Michel Legrand
Rich and Famous/One Is a Lonely Number Rich and Famous/One Is a Lonely Number Rich and Famous/One Is a Lonely Number
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 2000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: February 2011
Catalog #: Vol. 14, No. 2
# of Discs: 1

This Film Score Monthly “two-fer” brings together two scores for what might be called “women’s pictures” by two of the finest French composers ever to write for le cinéma: Georges Delerue and Michel Legrand. Although Rich and Famous and One Is a Lonely Number take vastly different approaches to women’s lives and relationships, their composers bring a common sensitivity and an intuitive aura of romance to both pictures.

Rich and Famous (1981) was a remake of Old Acquaintance (1940). It starred Candice Bergen and Jacqueline Bisset as longtime friends who become successful writers—albeit of very different types. Their relationship weathers betrayal and loss until a poignant reconciliation brings them together again at the end.
Georges Delerue’s romantic and lyrical score (one of the first he composed after moving to Hollywood in 1980) anticipates the kind of music he would write for later female-centric American movies like Agnes of God, Crimes of the Heart and Steel Magnolias. In some ways, it works against the contemporary edginess of the story and dialogue, contributing old-fashioned heart and emotion to the film. The memorable main theme, for example, is a gentle siciliana in 6/8 time with sweet modal harmonies.
One Is a Lonely Number starred Trish Van Devere as a young wife who is shocked to learn that her husband is leaving her after four years of marriage. The film chronicles her pain, loneliness and heartbreak as she tries to win him back, although she ultimately concludes that she can make it on her own and willingly agrees to the divorce.
Michel Legrand’s score is based almost entirely on a wistful, yearning melody that is musically simple—but his sophisticated sense of orchestral color and his rich jazz-based harmonic palate assure musical variety and dramatic aptness throughout the film. The score also includes a seductive, bossa nova-flavored vocal sung by the composer himself.
Both scores—never before available in any format—are complete and mastered from the original ½” 3-track stereo studio recordings. FSM’s presentation includes film stills and detailed notes by Cary Wong, Alexander Kaplan and Frank K. DeWald.
Georges Delerue Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Georges Delerue (1925-1992) wrote some of the most beautiful music ever heard in the movies, both in his native France and in Hollywood productions. His career spanned the French new wave (and most of François Truffaut's most significant projects) and international productions for filmmakers such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Norman Jewison, Oliver Stone and others. Throughout all his assignments, his gift for simplicity and melody made him a cinematic treasure, and he was beloved by professionals and fans alike. IMDB

Michel Legrand Scores on FSM
About the Composer

French composer Michel Legrand (b. 1932) is a heralded composer, songwriter and performer whose film projects range from seminal "new wave" films of the 1950s and '60s to Hollywood projects like The Thomas Crown Affair and Ice Station Zebra, capable of everything from traditional symphonic scores to offbeat pop and classical approaches. He was particularly tuned into the pop Zeitgeist in the late 1960s and early '70s, and often performed (piano and voice) on his soundtracks. He continues to stay active as a composer and performer for film, records and concerts. IMDB

Comments (45):Log in or register to post your own comments

Ohhhhh there are gonna be some super happy Delerue fans right about now....

Wonderful! Thanks -

I love you. I really do.
The Delerue is awesome - I don't know the Legrand yet but I'm very much looking forward to it because I haven't heard a single score by Legrand which disappointed me!

Paging Maleficio....

Wow, let me count - that makes 3 (!) scores by DElerue which were released this year!!! And there are still 11 months to go!!!

Absolutely fantastic! I was a movie theater projectionist when Rich and Famous came out - forgettable movie but the theme stopped me in my tracks. I would always make sure I was there to listen to the End Credits after each showing. I couldn't get enough of it then and will enjoy listening to the full (but short) score now.

Both scores—never before available in any format—are complete and mastered from the original ½” 3-track stereo studio recordings.

I am so in on this, unless the Legrand really really sucks...which is unlikely.

This is awesome!
Thank you.


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Track List
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
One Is A Lonely Number
Rich And Famous

Leader (Conductor):
Georges Delerue, Michel Legrand

Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, George Berres, Harry Bluestone, Al Breuning, Stuart Canin, Shirley A. Cornell, Bonnie J. Douglas (Shure), Sam Freed, Jr., Endre G. Granat, Anatol Kaminsky, George Kast, Jacob Krachmalnick, Bernard Kundell, Kathleen Lenski, Brian Leonard, Marvin Limonick, Gordon H. Marron, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Irma W. Neumann, Stanley Plummer, Nathan Ross, Ralph Schaeffer, Daniel Shindaryov, Paul C. Shure, Marshall Sosson, Joseph Stepansky, Robert "Bob" Sushel, Polly Sweeney, Vickie Sylvester-Granat, Mari Tsumura (Botnick), Gerald Vinci, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Miwako Watanabe

Myer Bello, Samuel Boghossian, Alan B. DeVeritch, Allan Harshman, Roland Kato, Myra Kestenbaum, Janet Lakatos, Virginia Majewski, David Schwartz, David Stockhammer, Milton Thomas

Robert Lee "Bob" Adcock, Selene Depuy-Hurford, Marie Fera, Paula Hochhalter, Armand Kaproff, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten, Nino Rosso, Frederick R. Seykora, Mary Louise Zeyen

Raymond M. "Ray" Brown, Milton Kestenbaum, Peter A. Mercurio, Meyer (Mike) Rubin, Robert King Stone, David Henry Young

Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman)

William Criss, Earle D. Dumler

Dominick Fera, Dominic Mumolo

Jack Marsh

Thomas W. Scott, C. E. "Bud" Shank

French Horn:
Vincent N. DeRosa, William A. Hinshaw, Arthur Maebe, Jr., James M. McGee, Richard E. Perissi, Henry Sigismonti

W. Pete Candoli

Artie Kane, Michael R. Wofford

Ralph E. Grierson

Dennis Budimir, Joseph Robert Gibbons

Fender (electric) Bass:
Carol Kaye

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk), Gayle Levant

John P. Guerin, Sheldon "Shelly" Manne

Larry Bunker, Joe Porcaro

Georges Delerue

Orchestra Manager:
Martin Berman, Harry W. Lojewski

Dominic John Fidelibus, Robert G. Hartley, Harry W. Lojewski, Ray Mace, Donald J. Midgley

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