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The Ghost And Mrs. Muir: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack

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The first release of the complete soundtrack to this all-time great romancer starring Rex Harrison, Gene Tierney and George Sanders! The packaging includes detailed notes and rare production stills, while Bernard Herrmann's classic score comes straight from the original master tapes.

1. Fox Fanfare
2. Prelude
3. Local Train
4. The Sea
5. The Painting
6. The Bedroom
7. Exit
8. Lucy Takes Gull Cottage
9. The Ghost
10. The Storm
11. The Apparition
12. About Ships
13. Bedtime
14. Poetry
15. The In-Laws
16. Pranks
17. Lucia
18. Dictation
19. Daniel's Aunt
20. Pastoral
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: June 26, 1947
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001527
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Michael Click on December 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Bernard Herrmann's score for the 1947 film "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" is one of his greatest achievements. Some devotees even consider it his absolute best, no small praise considering that Herrmann's filmography also includes such classic and venerated scores as those for "Citizen Kane", "Vertigo", "Psycho", and dozens of other notable titles. In "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", Herrmann expertly creates cues representing many diverse themes and emotions, and blends them together in a lush orchestration that perfectly enhances the nuances of the script, the direction, and the actors' performances. Suffice it to say that Herrmann's contribution to the film's success is immeasurable, a statement that is best proven by listening to the score as reproduced on this CD.

And this particular disc - the Fox Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - is indisputably the finest version ever released, if only because it is the most complete. An earlier re-recording conducted by Elmer Bernstein in 1975 is beautifully done, but it fails to include one of Herrmann's most masterful passages: "Andante Cantabile", the heartbreakingly melancholy music that plays in the background as the middle-aged Mrs. Muir and her adult daughter reminisce about their first year in Gull Cottage, and Mrs. Muir bravely (but ineffectually) claims that she has not minded the absence of romance in her life. That exquisitely composed and perfectly played piece of music - so beloved by the composer that he reportedly adapted and reused it in his later opera based on Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" - is included here on this disc, making this the version you'll want to add to your film music library.
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Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) first made his Hollywood reputation by scoring such films as CITIZEN KANE; by the end of his life he would be most famous for his association with director Alfred Hitchcock, for whom he scored VERTIGO and PSYCHO. But between these points Herrmann also created numerous other film scores, and although it is somewhat neglected today, his score for the 1947 THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR is among his finest works.

According to the CD's liner notes, Herrmann laughing referred to this as his "Max Steiner" score, and it is true that the music here is much more melodic than most of Herrmann's work. The music is extremely liquid in tone, reflecting the unexpected calms and storms of the sea that plays such a significant role in the film. Indeed, it might be said that Herrmann essentially created the role of the sea in the film, giving it character and relating it to the roles played by Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison.

Although he punctuates the music with occasional sharp stabs of surprise to highlight the "ghost story" elements of the film, this is really a romance--smooth, dreamy, occasionally sad, but always echoing a certain mysterious sense of possibility. The range of instruments are standard, but there is an emphasis on strings with the occasional use of wind instruments for contrast. It is altogether charming, beautiful, and extremely listenable. The Varese Sarabande CD release is excellent. Strongly, strongly recommended.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer

In Memory of Ellen R. Smith, 1920-2005

Virtuoso Pianist and Good Friend
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By II2None59 on August 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
My grandmother introduced "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" to me when I was a little girl. It was one of her favorite movies, so that by the time I finally saw it as a child, I was amazed by the scope, depth and beauty of this love story. The movie now ranks in my own personal top 10, and is my favorite romance of all time. I've loved movie soundtracks since childhood as well, and this one became a favorite of mine from the very start. I was struck by how -- with music -- the composer was able to capture the sounds of the ocean waves washing onto the shoreline, or the waves crashing into the rocks; even the movement of a train, or a soft breeze blowing in through an open window. As I matured and delved more into movie scores, Herrmann's music began to influence me as much as the other greats: Korngold, Steiner, Newman, then later Goldsmith, Williams, Horner. This soundtrack is so eternal however, one can listen to it without seeing the movie and realize there is greatness there. His "Vertigo" and "Psycho" are outstanding, but for me, this movie score is the greatest epithet a composer could have. A must for any movie buff's library.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Lapins on September 29, 2000
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This score is an endless weave of power and poetry lapping in- and crashing in- against the immoveable rocks as well as against the vulnerable heart of two destined lovers. This adult love story takes you everywhere two lovers want to go. The storyline and cast make this a five star film. The score blends into the storyline as natural as the waves outside crashing ashore. Most scores don't hold up without the film. This one is a symphony all by itself. You feel the mystery that must be stirring deep beneath the water's surface. You feel the mystery that stirs deep within the soul. You feel the slightest, most sensitive quivers of each heart beating and anticipating. Herrmann caught every individual thread in this tapestry of life, love, nature, passion, and death. Read the other reviews as well. Each says something of great value about this perfect score.
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