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Sunday, August 20, 2023

Trapeze - Muir Mathieson


Lola's Theme

Released through United Artists
Orchestra under the direction of Muir Mathieson
Columbia Records CL 870

From the back cover: One of the most exciting motion pictures of 1956, Trapeze offered not only the built-in thrills of the circus, bug a high-voltage team of stars, Burt Lancaster, Gina Lollobrigida and Tony Curtis, along with direction by Carol Reed and a lavish production. One of the most interesting aspects of the movie was its use of music, composed and assembled by Malcolm Arnold, to underline the atmosphere of the Parisian circus and the drama crackling among the principal players. Some of the high spots of the score have been collected in this recording taken from the soundtrack, demonstrating not only Mr. Arnold's skill and craftsmanship, but the building suspense of the film as well.

Mr. Arnold, one of Britain's foremost young composers, is well-known for his many film scores, as well as for symphonic works in many forms. For the Diamond Jubilee of the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra in 1953, he was commissioned to write a symphony, his second, which in the words of Malcolm MacDonald is "gay and uninhibited... a frolic resolutely refusing to carry the world's sorrows on its shoulders." Similarly gay and uninhibited is Mr. Arnold's music for Trapeze, as indeed music for such a film should be. Here, then, are moments reflecting some of the moods of Trapeze, exhilarating, romantic, brooding, exciting, a mirror, in fact of the kaleidoscopic circus life so vividly presented in a fascinating film.

Lola's Theme
Fanfare And Elephants' Waltz
Mike And Lola's Love Theme
Washington Post March
Entry Of The Gladiators
Juke Bo
Tino's Arrival In Paris
Blue Danube
Above The Ring
Stars And Stripes Forever

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