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Green Mansions [Soundtrack]

Bronislau Kaper Audio CD
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  • Composer: Bronislau Kaper
  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Film Score Monthly
  • ASIN: B0009UCEZK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title/Chase/River Boat
2. Abel and Jaguar
3. Dead Jaguar/The Village
4. My Name Is Abel/Kuako
5. At the Pool/First Visit
6. Rima's Face/Rima/Nameless Chord
7. The Snake
8. Where Is Your Mother?/Vultures/Look/The Flower
9. It's Gold/The Shuttle
10. Is It You?/The Prayer
11. Riolama
12. The Young Man
13. Nevertheless/Avoc, Didi/Marake
14. Which Way?
15. Escape
16. Natives Return/Natives Foiled
17. Nuflo's Story
18. You Will Go/Ruins/The Cave/Digging
19. Fire/Dead Fawn
20. Fight
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful Kaper/Villa-Lobos fusion July 13, 2008
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The story of the filming of GREEN MANSIONS is a fascinating one. It was twenty-seven years from the first purchase of film rights by KING KONG's Merian Cooper and RKO in 1932 until the 1959 release by MGM of the film starring Audrey Hepburn as the "bird girl" of the South American jungle who could converse with wildlife in their own tongues.

Music for the film was to be provided by the Brazilian "folkloric" classical composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. Apparently not fully appreciating the process or difficulty of matching music to film, he composed nearly his entire work in New York from a script "as if he had been writing a ballet or opera" (in the words of Miklos Rozsa). When he arrived in Hollywood with this work, he had yet to see the film. "Of course it didn't fit" (Jerry Goldsmith). The studio, anxious to avoid offending the Brazilian maestro, assured him that the music would be used but that it would have to be rearranged. Actually, veteran composer Bronislau Kaper was hired to take what he could from the Villa-Lobos music, invent what he must and fuse it all into a score which would be true to the spirit of the jungle as represented by the Brazilian.

Kaper borrowed a few of Villa-Lobos's melodies and wove them throughout his score opposite his own original "love theme". Short passages are snipped whole from the Villa-Lobos and used complete. Flutes and piccolos mimic bird calls as in Villa-Lobos's original. Most of the writing, however, is Kaper's alone - dreamy, colorful, romantic-impressionistic writing which beautifully complements the film and probably works better than Villa-Lobos's would have. Some of the music recalls Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" or Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FASCINATING DEBACLE September 4, 2008
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Mr. Paine's critique is cogent and revelant - I may not agree with his views, but they are most valuable.
Kaper was NOT one of the great film composers - A competent "company man" who did some very fine work for MGM. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY is his masterwork - a lavish monumental score that stands the test of time.
His re-working of Villa Lobos's magnificent composition is a "Hollywood hack-job". Not his fault - He did what he could do to satisfy the studio ignoramuses.
"Special music created by Hector Villa-Lobos" is plainly inscribed on the FSM CD. Right! It's a Kaper score (if you listen VERY CLOSELY, you'll hear what Villa-Lobos composed - But it's a Kaper score). Not bad, but not terrific either ~ Like, Bach adapted by Barry Manilow!
If you want to hear Villa Lobos's last masterwork, try to find the EMI CD (7243 5 65880 2 8 0) with the great Bidu Sayao & Villa-Lobos conducting (truncated, but superb & difinitive) - Or the complete score on: CONSONANCE (81-0012) with Renee Fleming. The EMI is the definative recording, but truncated.
GREEN MANSIONS is one of those Hollywood debacles, and a facinating one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Bronislau Kaper Score May 7, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This FSM pressing is limited to 3000 copies and contains a 24-Page-Booklet with interesting (!!!!) background informations and behind-the-scenes-photos.

The Disc has 21 Tracks with a total time 79:53.

Don't miss it this great, amazing symphonical score by Bronislau Kaper.
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