Tis’ the season! Bruce Broughton score for Paramount’s holiday gift for Christmas 1991 gets attention at last! Harley Jane Kozak, Jamey Sheridan are divorced mom and dad, Ethan Randall and then 9-year old Thora Birch play the kids (Ethan and Hallie), Kevin Nealon, Lauren Bacall, Leslie Nielsen (as Santa Claus) provide the sweet-sentimental support. Warm, funny film is the kind in which, in Broughton’s own words, “You like the people and you like what happened and you like the result, and it came out pretty much the way you hoped that it would.” Broughton scores for orchestra with several ideas ranging from heartfelt strings and guitar reflecting the love story, cues for the seasonal atmosphere appropriately scored for piano, sleigh bells, glockenspiel, celesta, triangle, upper woodwinds and vibraphone to more dramatic - even exuberant - full orchestral sequences. There are also gently playful ideas for “Snowball”, the white mouse, Hallie’s beloved pet. ”The scoring needs of the picture were economical and the cues often necessarily short, but even with the briefest of cues, Broughton ensures they have thematic unity and play as complete pieces, much like an extended “divertimento” for orchestra. He got the assignment from the director based on his work for Silverado and his approach here offers similar nods to an open-air Americana musical vernacular. The entire original score appears, mastered from the complete digital two-track session elements courtesy Paramount Pictures, mixed by veteran scoring engineer Armin Steiner. Sessions were held at the 20th Century Fox Scoring Stage in October 1991. An album on the Curb Records label was issued at the time of the film’s November 1991 premiere and divided between original songs by David Foster and Linda Thompson, traditional Christmas music by various artists and six score selections. This Intrada CD focuses solely on the complete score by Broughton plus the source music he either wrote, arranged with orchestrator Don Nemitz or conducted during his sessions. Broughton did prepare an instrumental arrangement of Foster’s gentle song for one scene in the picture and it is premiered on this CD as well. Graphic presentation by Kay Marshall. Notes by Tim Greiving include numerous quotes from newly-interviewed director and composer. Don Nimitz orchestrates, Bruce Broughton composes, conducts. Intrada Special Collection CD available while quantities and interest remain!
The Extras – Instrumental Source
Music Conducted by Bruce Broughton
20. Mall Medley
(Traditional, Arranged by Don Nemitz) (3:15)
21. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) (2:05)
22. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(Felix Mendelssohn, Arranged by Bruce Broughton) (1:22)
23. Waltz Of The Flowers
(Pyotr Illich Tchaikovsky) (0:46)
24. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
(Hugh Martin/Ralph Blaine, Arranged by Don Nemitz) (2:09)
Source Music Time: 9:39
Additional Music by Bruce Broughton
25. The Santy Song – Piano Solo (2:43)
26. Pet Shop (0:13)
27. The Christmas Gift (3:20)
Additional Music Time: 6:20
Tech Talk From The Producer…
Bruce Broughton’s original score for All I Want for Christmas is relatively modest in length (approximately 40 minutes), but indelibly intertwined with the warm seasonal mood and feel of this sweetly sentimental film. Within these confines, Broughton managed to compose an amazingly wide array of ideas that play throughout, including a beautiful, heartfelt theme featuring strings with guitar. There are also cues appropriately scored for piano, sleigh bells, glockenspiel, celesta, triangle, upper woodwinds and vibraphone, as well as more dramatic—even exuberant—sequences for full orchestra. Many of the cues are very short, as per the needs of the picture. However, being the consummate artist he is, Broughton ensured that even the briefest of these cues still utilized his primary thematic material and play as complete pieces, much like an extended “divertimento” for orchestra. The entire score was recorded over four sessions held at the Twentieth Century Fox Scoring Stage with Broughton conducting. His engineer of choice, Armin Steiner, helmed the console. All of these cues appear on this CD in the main program.
A number of songs by various artists also play on the soundtrack, as do both traditional and new arrangements of familiar Christmas music. The instrumental arrangements made especially for the film were prepared by orchestrator Don Nemitz and Broughton. The arrangements were recorded during the first session and the original scoring was completed over the remaining three. All of the new arrangements appear on this CD as well, and can be found in the “extras” section. However, the vocals and various segments of traditional Christmas music by other artists were not part of Broughton’s contributions and do not appear here.
That said, one of those unrelated vocal sequences, “All I Want,” was written by David Foster and Linda Thompson and is used both during the film and again for the end credits. However, for one scene in reel nine of the picture, Broughton recorded a gentle orchestral arrangement of the tune for use as part of the background score per the producers’ wishes. As such, this is included during the main program on this CD.
A song album was released on the Curb Records label in 1991. Six selections from Broughton’s score appeared on that album as well. To present all of the music Broughton prepared for All I Want for Christmas, newly transferred and mastered, courtesy of Paramount Pictures, Intrada was provided access to the digital scoring session masters, mixed directly to two-track stereo by Steiner as each cue was being recorded. As is customary for this engineer, the resulting audio is crisp and clean, with astonishing detail and rich dynamic range.
Whatever the season may be, this sensitive and rewarding score is timeless. Let Bruce Broughton and his music for All I Want for Christmas now be, in fact, just what you wanted!
Composed and Conducted by DAVID CAMPBELL. Recorded on October 4th, 7th and 8th, 1991 at The Newman Scoring Stage, Century City, California.
VIOLIN Kathleen Lenski
Pamela H. Gates
COPYISTS Robert Bornstein (supv.)
VIOLAS Pamela Goldsmith
E. Marcy Dicterow
CELLI Douglas Davis
J. Michael Mathews
FLUTES Susan Greenberg
LIBRARIAN Emmet Estren
BASSES Arni Egilsson
ORCHESTRATORS David Campbell
OBOES Thomas Boyd
CLARINETS Dominick Fera
BASSOONS Michael O'Donovan
FRENCH HORN James Thatcher
TRUMPETS Maario Guarneri
TROMBONES William Broughton
A lan Kaplan
DRUMS/PERCUSSION Larry Bunker
Jerry D. Williams