Original soundtrack from ambitious Warner Brothers adaptation of Ayn Rand novel about idealism and compromise, starring Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal. Max Steiner offers two primary themes, numerous smaller ones. His chief melodic idea - an ascending line - gets strong support via striking major-seventh harmonies underneath. Chords have equal weight with melodic shape - a neat idea! Steiner imbues entire work with commanding presense. While staying in tonal realm, composer exploits dark material by maintaining thick, intense harmonic palette. Even less-edged ideas show degree of harmonic conflict. This is involved, mature Steiner. Brigham Young University CD lovingly presents nearly-complete score in mono from original acetate elements. Generous booklet provides insight to film production, interesting background about composer's moods during scoring, track details, more. Max Steiner conducts.