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PERRY, W.: Innocents Abroad (The) / Music for Mark Twain Films (Rome Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, Perry)

Composer(s):Perry, William
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Film and TV Music
Catalogue 8.570200
Label Naxos
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THE SIX MARK TWAIN FILMS IN this recording present a series of exciting challenges in the variety and range of their musical requirements. THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER is set in medieval Austria and contains elements of mysticism and other-worldly dreams. THE INNOCENTS ABROAD takes place in 19th century California, Paris, Genoa, Venice, Pisa, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Athens, the Crimea and Cairo, with each location calling for characteristic musical backgrounds. PUDD’NHEAD WILSON is a murder drama built around themes of slavery and misidentification. LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI evokes the by-gone days of riverboat traffic on the mighty Mississippi. THE PRIVATE HISTORY OF A CAMPAIGN THAT FAILED carries a compelling anti-war message drawn from events in the Civil and Spanish- American

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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

William Perry wrote his Mark Twain film scores between 1980 and 1986, still golden years for Hollywood film music. The brilliant orchestrations were by Richard Hayman (who also plays the harmonica in the sessions) and three other musician-arrangers, besides the composer himself. Perry was not only a natural tunesmith, he has a feeling for the folksy American atmosphere essential for this repertoire. He could create a memorable Hollywoodian sweep too, as in the opening music for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, where the ten vignettes are like a miniature suite, full of ear-tickling invention and flowing orchestral colour. But the other scores here are hardly less inventive. In Life on the Mississippi the hero’s girl-friend Emmeline is given a charming waltz for

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Review By Thomas L. Kiefner,Golden Scores,May 2008

The majority of this music is written in a rather conservative style with nothing groundbreaking about it at all. Still, it is quite a pleasant listen which has grown on the reviewer with repeated plays…this is a nice CD to add to your collection given the exceptional value that Naxos is in the marketplace. Highly recommended.



Review By Thomas L. Kiefner,Golden Scores,May 2008

The majority of this music is written in a rather conservative style with nothing groundbreaking about it at all. Still, it is quite a pleasant listen which has grown on the reviewer with repeated plays…this is a nice CD to add to your collection given the exceptional value that Naxos is in the marketplace. Highly recommended.




Review By David Denton, Naxos,April 2008

Of all the outstanding composers working in Hollywood in the second half of the 20th century, the name of William Perry has sadly received little international acclaim despite a catalogue that stretches for more than a hundred feature films. Born in Elmira, New York in 1930, his later education was at Harvard University where his tutors included Paul Hindemith, Walter Piston and Randall Thompson. He was to produce a number of orchestral works performed by leading American orchestra, but gravitated towards music for films and television. Among his major achievements was the epic film of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and five other filmed stories from Twain’s books, The Innocents Abroad, Life on the Mississippi, The Private History of a and Pudd’nhead Wilson. Maybe they are not the high impact scores that have attracted public attention, but musically they rank among the very best light music classics. Sample the Can-Can from The Innocents Abroad (track 18), to have a taste of Perry’s gift for catchy tunes, and throughout the disc you pass from one pleasing number to the next. So I am sorry if I ruffle a few feathers by saying that this is the most attractive disc of music I have heard in Naxos’s ‘Film Music Classics’ series. It is conducted by the composer and made with various orchestras, the Rome Philharmonic leaning into the fabulous tunes from The Innocents Abroad to the manner born. I would comment that the harmonica solos from Richard Haymann—who a few years back conducted a series of discs for Naxos—are superb. Made over the period 1980–86 the sound is a bit variable, but never less than good.

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