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    Yes, well Prodromides, the problem was the individual emailed me to say something like "I have a lead on obtaining the score". Then a few weeks later, "I will sell you this record for 200 euros" or something like that. Maybe it was lost in translation. I don't think he was a native speaker of English and perhaps he read "score" to mean "soundtrack". Nobody in the US at least asks in a music store for the "score" of a film.
    If you have the EP handy, does it list any publisher other than Mondiamusic Geneve?
    Strange twist - if you search the US copyright registration of the soundtrack, you will see that some years ago a legal entity that apparently specialized in such maneuvers re-registered a copyright to it under their own name. Even though it was doubtful they had any legal claim to it or had anything to do with Resnais et al. It looks like they tried to do this to numerous old compositions as some bizarre form of speculation. A company in London used to sell a CD version of your EP...at the time the owner of that company told me in Europe it was in the public domain so he was legally able to do that. Presumably the false but legal US copyright claim would prevent them from marketing the CD in the US. At any rate, I don't the aging, monophonic version of the score...I'd really like modern a re-recording.

    Yes...come to think of it I did hear of the death of Resnais in March...and promptly forgot about it! I should try to find out what became of his papers and records, which are surely considered a national treasure by the French.
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    One of my new favorites is the Go-Between, score by Michel Legrand. Here's the fugue:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH4KWS4CYkA

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    Quote Originally Posted by circa View Post
    If you have the EP handy, does it list any publisher other than Mondiamusic Geneve?

    It looks like they tried to do this to numerous old compositions as some bizarre form of speculation. A company in London used to sell a CD version of your EP...at the time the owner of that company told me in Europe it was in the public domain so he was legally able to do that. Presumably the false but legal US copyright claim would prevent them from marketing the CD in the US.
    Unfortunately, circa, my vinyls are in storage boxes since my move last year so I don't have it handy to view.

    However, this whole copyright/re-issue subject has been transpiring for a number of years in the UK with labels such as Harkit, Cherry Red, El, etc.
    Any and all recordings greater than 50 years in age fall into this European public domain. The types of discs issued by these labels are vinyl record programs which have not yet been released legit onto CDs.

    Good luck in your search for the Seyrig manuscript(s) and attempts at a new recording - afraid I can't assist you in those areas.

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    Gosh, excuse the loopiness of my prior post. I was trying to multitask as I so often am.
    Quiet guy, thanks for reminding me of that amazing Legrand piece. I have it on CD somewhere but had never seen the film it came from.
    I absolutely love Legrand, I have a CD of his own piano improvisations of his themes. It's incredible. Couple interesting things:
    people may not be aware his niece is a Baltimore alterna-pop star. The apple has not fallen far from the neighboring tree. Band is called Beach House.
    Also, I need to double check this but there's a bizarre similarity of themes between a Legrand song and a track from the French prog-rock band Pulsar. Literally, like, the same melody, maybe even the same key. I notice it now and then and always forget to check the dates. In any case, no big deal, I doubt it was anything worse than accidental plagiarism. If that. It could just be an incredible coincidence but the timing is too close - mid 70s. I have wondered if any musicologist has seriously investigated the mathematical possibility of the world running out of melodies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuietGuy View Post
    One of my new favorites is the Go-Between, score by Michel Legrand. Here's the fugue:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH4KWS4CYkA
    Very nice! How old is this film?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicalMusicYouTube View Post
    Very nice! How old is this film?
    Hi, CMYT.

    THE GO-BETWEEN was released in 1971. This film was scripted by Harold Pinter and directed by Joseph Losey. It stars Julie Christie and Alan Bates. Michel Legrand's music for THE GO-BETWEEN was actually a replacement score ; Losey initially had Richard Rodney Bennett write the score but it was never used/recorded.

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    Masaru Sato's work for Akira Kurosawa springs to mind:


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    Default The World of Henry Orient (1964)



    Elmer Bernstein (Composer, Conductor), Kenneth Lauber (Composer). Lauber composed the above.

    Found it on Amazon.

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    A real treasure. The original score by German composer Eduard Kunneke was adapted by Frank Strobel.

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    Judy Wyler will be happy to hear this!

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    Default Four Days of Snow and Blood (1989)


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    Default The Wicker Man - OST by Paul Giovanni


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    Panned by the critics but I’ve always loved ‘Deadfall’ and the John Barry soundtrack. I think this guitar ‘concerto’ is pretty good for a non-classical piece.

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    And this is the ‘Statue Dance’ also from Deadfall

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    Debbie Wiseman is one of our best film composers both for film and TV.
    This is from the Stephen Fry film, ‘Wilde’
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