GEORGE WASHINGTON

Label: Intrada Signature Edition ISE1041
Date: 1984
Time: 1:46:56
Tracks: 38
Epic 2-CD set of stirring Laurence Rosenthal score!

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  • World premiere 2-CD release of massive Laurence Rosenthal soundtrack for epic MGM television mini-series with Barry Bostwick. Rosenthal offers magnificent score with abundance of period flavor, Americana melody, bright military splendor, exciting Revolutionary War action. Fanfare-theme for title character anchors but Rosenthal also plays two beautiful love themes, ideas for numerous iconic images & characters (Washington crossing the Delaware, Benedict Arnold, signing of Declaration of Independence, massive Battle of Monmouth, so forth). Generous 2-CD set prepared from composer's personal 1/4" (7 1/2 ips) mono tapes of full recording sessions plus surviving 1/4" (15 i.p.s.) mono session masters stored in MGM vaults. Joe Sikoryak & composer provide notes on project, scoring. Laurence Rosenthal conducts.
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    CD 1
    01. Overture (4:41)
    02. Lord Thomas Fairfax (2:07)
    03. The Fox Hunt (3:00)
    04. Survey Montage (5:07)
    05. George Meets Sally (2:27)
    06. Sally And Martha (4:09)
    07. The French Ambassador (2:15)
    08. Goodbye To Sally (1:43)
    09. In The Stable (2:56)
    10. George's Fury (3:02)
    11. Fort Duquesne (4:00)
    12. No Discipline (1:30)
    13. The Wedding (5:06)
    14. Patsy's Seizure (1:56)
    15. The Fan Remembered (2:12)
    16. Patsy Dies (2:18)
    17. Under The Willow Tree (2:17)
    18. George Accepts (2:22)

    CD 1 Total Time: 53:56


    CD 2
    01. George Washington - Main Title (2:03)
    02. The Officer's Arrive (1:52)
    03. Looting (2:07)
    04. Chasing The Carriage (1:46)
    05. 'I'm Benedict Arnold' (2:53)
    06. The Embattled ('Bunker Hill') (1:27)
    07. Raising The Flag (3:04)
    08. Night Crossing (2:42)
    09. The Battle Of Monmouth (8:47)
    10. The Declaration Of Independence ('Chester') (1:46)
    11. Crossing The Delaware (2:19)
    12. Marquis De Lafayette (3:12)
    13. Martha At Valley Forge (2:53)
    14. Boots (2:10)
    15. General Rochambeau (2:11)
    16. Treason (3:04)
    17. Before Yorktown (0:40)
    18. Battle Of Yorktown (2:33)
    19. Washington's Triumph (1:32)
    20. Going Home (End Credits) (3:19)

    CD 2 Total Time: 53:00

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    Lauence Rosenthal wrote nearly two hours of music for the ambitious television mini-series George Washington. Most of it is included in this 2-CD set, marking the first ever release of this rich and varied soundtrack, scored for large orchestra.

    To present the score on CD, we were able to locate a portion of the score on ¼” 15 ips full track (mono) reels vaulted in excellent condition at MGM. For the remainder of the score, we turned to the composer’s own ¼” copy of the score, transferred by MGM engineers after the recording sessions in its entirety but at the slower tape speed of 7 ½ ips. There is some hiss evident throughout, and minor distortion appears in select loud passages. The audio anomalies are generally not intrusive to the listening experience, however. Without these mono ¼” transfers, however, an album of the score would not be possible.

    The composer attended the album editing sessions and elected to present the music in a sequence altered from the picture itself. While the album follows the overall film narrative, hitting numerous milestones in American history during the Revolutionary War, this sequence allows for a better flow and variety of the numerous musical themes and motifs. The only cues not included were tiny fragments, repeated segments, brief transitions, various bumpers and similar items that are thematically covered in longer cues elsewhere. The opening main title is included as part of the “Overture”. A second main title was recorded for part two of the mini-series, consisting of the same material but given a slightly different reading. That version opens the second CD of this set. And the rest, as they say, is history!

    —Douglass Fake



  • Conducted and Composed by Laurence Rosenthal.

    Recorded in February and March, 1984, at MGM Studios Scoring Stage, Culver City, California.

    This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
    American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.


    VIOLIN
    Judith Aller
    Israel Baker
    Arnold Belnick
    Harry Bluestone
    Alfred Breuning
    Betty Byers
    Norman Carr
    Bonnie Douglas
    Ron Folsom
    David Frisina
    Irving Geller
    Jimmy Getzoff
    Endre Granat
    George Kast
    Bernard Kundell
    Kathy Lenski
    Marvin Limonick
    Gordon Marron
    Irma Neumann
    Stan Plummer
    Sheldon Sanov
    Daniel Shindaryov
    Haim Shtrum
    Paul C. Shure
    Jennifer Small
    Bob Sushel
    Polly Sweeney
    Ilka Talvi
    Alex Treger
    Dorothy Wade
    Harold Wolf

    VIOLA
    Richard M. Elegino
    Allan Harshman
    Peter Hatch
    Roland Kato
    Myra Kestenbaum
    Mark Kovacs
    Janet Lakatos
    Virginia Majewski
    Mike Nowak
    Judith Perett
    Dave Schwartz
    Joel Soultanian
    Lynn Subotnick
    Milton Thomas


    CELLO
    Douglas Davis
    Paula Hochhalter
    Igor Horoshevsky
    Barbara Hunter
    Armand Kaproff
    Robert Martin
    Nils Oliver
    Daniel Rothmulluer
    David Speltz
    Gloria Strassner
    Mary Louise Zeyen

    BASS
    James B. Campbell
    Milton Kestenbaum
    Peter Mercurio
    Robert King Stone
    Dennis M. Trembly

    FLUTE
    Louise DiTullio
    Susan Greenberg
    Sheridon Stokes
    Jim Walker

    CLARINET
    Merritt Buxbaum
    Dominick Fera
    James Kanter
    Lorin Levee
    David Shifrin

    OBOE
    Robert L. Cowart
    Earle Dumler
    Barbara Northcutt
    David E. Weiss

    BASSOON
    David Breidenthal
    Kenneth Munday
    Michael O’Donovan


    FRENCH HORN
    James Atkinson
    James A. Decker
    Vincent DeRosa
    David Duke
    William E. Lane
    Richard Perissi
    Henry Sigismonti
    Calvin Smith
    Jeff Von Der Schmidt

    TRUMPET
    Robert Divall
    Hal Espinosa
    Mario Guraneri
    Malcolm McNab
    Graham Young

    TROMBONE
    Dick Nash
    Richard Noel
    Ralph Sauer
    Ken Shroyer
    Lloyd Ulyate

    PIANO/KEYBOARDS
    Chet Swiatkowski

    HARP
    Catherine Gotthoffer
    Dorothy Remsen

    BAGPIPE
    Anthony Clark-Stewart
    John Rob Kelly

    DRUMS/PERCUSSION
    Larry Bunker
    Alan Estes
    Peter Limonick
    Emil Radocchia
    Kenny Watson
    Jerry Williams

    ORCHESTRATOR
    Laurence Rosenthal

    COPYIST
    Thomas C. Brown
    Wayne Coster
    Janet Gilman
    Harry Lojewski
    Ray Mace
    Bob Manrique