Some time ago we ran a poll about whether John Barry would finish The Incredibles and or Brighton Rock. It started with "If in good health, John Barry will finish..." and then the titles.
People have picked up this "in good health" bit and misinterpreted it as meaning something. No. Nothing at all. So, let's just forget about it.
Sorry to say I just heard that Sid Margo died a Sunday November 23. The information came by way of Sheldon Hall, who is writing a book on the making of ZULU. He was given the news by Michael Firman, whose father, Alec, often led John Barry's orchestras. I have no further details.
Sid was a charming man, and for those who don't know, he 'fixed' John Barry's orchestra (and many others) for recordings for around 25 years. I met him only once when he spent a couple of hours describing in some detail how he worked with JB. He also told me how he once solved a problem for Michael J. Lewis when they were recording 'The Man Who Haunted Himself', by purchasing a number of bottles from a local Woolworth store and partly filling them with water. I'll leave it to the experts to decide what part of the score they appeared in and how they were played!!
Incidentally, Sheldon hopes to cover every aspect of the film's production, including of course the score, and has already interviewed John Barry about this.
Which is more than I have .....
Tuesday, May 25, 2004, 8:00 PM
Crown Imperial: Music and the Movies
Sergei Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible
John Barry: The Lion in Winter
in celebration of the composer's 70th birthday
Live music with film
7:00 PM Pre-concert conversation
An Interview with John Barry
The screening of two classic films will be accompanied by a live performance of the music for each: Prokofiev's elaborately scored music to Ivan Grozny (Ivan the Terrible), Sergei Eisenstein's spectacular final film of 1945; and, to celebrate his 70th birthday, John Barry's Oscar-winning score from James Goldman's 1968 film The Lion in Winter, starring Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Hopkins, and Timothy Dalton. Both films feature stunningly beautiful and vivid music for chorus.
More information here:
Mind you: "All Carnegie Hall concerts will be conducted by Music Director Robert Bass and feature The Orchestra of St. Luke's. "
Following composer Michael Giacchino's announcement that he is scoring The Incredibles, John Barry's role has become unclear. When we have any official news we will add it.
Please have a look here:
It says: "November 24th, 2003 Upcoming Projects... Michael has been officially signed as the composer of PIXAR's next animated feature, The Incredibles, directed by Brad Bird (Iron Giant). The film is set to be released November 5th, 2004. "
In October, Sony will re-release Dances with Wolves with additional music. The running time will be closer to 75 minutes, compared with the original of 53 minutes. The noted writer, Jon Burlingame, has written substantial liner notes to accompany it, approved by the composer.
Sony is also planning to re-release "The Chase", though no news is yet available as to whether this might have extra music or of a likely release date.
There is also breaking news of another, rather unexpected, John Barry CD release, but as yet we can say no more about this project. Let the speculation begin, but don't expect anything to be confirmed or denied by your web-site hosts!!
John Barry is in the recording studios next week finishing off an un-named project. There is a good chance he will be conducting a suite of his music from 'The Lion In Winter' (with chorus) at a charity event in New York, later in the year.
He and Laurie are currently reading a copy of the book, 'John Barry - The Man With The Midas Touch' and will be making suggestions, answering questions and providing photographs from their personal collection.
Meanwhile, work on 'The Incredibles' and 'Brighton Rock' continues. The latter is likely to open next year at the Almeida Theatre, Islington, London, where Michael Attenborough (son of Richard) is artistic director. It is hoped that it will eventually transfer to the West End of London and then to Broadway.
In a startling development, David 'Sherlock' Stoner at Silva Screen has tracked down the current ownership of the film of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.
It is controlled by a London-based company known as London Films. That's the good news. The less good news is that it was among a package of films they leased out to another UK DVD company a few years ago, who, to date, have shown no sign of actually releasing it.
The slightly better news is that the lease will expire in a year or two and in the meantime London Films are trying to retrieve it on the grounds that if the company concerned aren't going to issue it, they could market it elsewhere.
So, watch this space for future developments.
With more concrete news of Brighton Rock, the musical, we thought this was an appropriate time to create a page dedicated to John Barry's stage musicals. We hope this will prove both entertaining and informative.
Edit April 2015 for the new site: we later added our Special Brighton Rock page itself of course.
Fascinating to read that Film Score Monthly is releasing the score, or should I say scores, to Lumet's 1969 film, The Appointment.
As a Barry fan I've always known that there were two versions of this film in circulation, one with a Barry score and another containing music and songs by Stu Phillips. However, apparently, the real story is that Michel Legrand wrote the original score which was tossed out by the studio (sound familiar?) and Barry then wrote some themes which were adapted and orchestrated by Don Walker before Harry Rabinowitz conducted the recording in London - a bit like the arrangement Barry had with Ken Thorne a year or so later. This was Lumet's approved version.
However, when the film finally got a US release, in 1972, it was a shortened version which premiered on TV. For whatever reason, they got Stu Phillips to write something more contemporary for it.
Anyway, FSM's release contains all 3 scores for a total running time of 77 minutes. It will be fascinating to hear which works out the best and particular to hear what Legrand wrote. How curious that 7 years later he once again had a score replaced by JB, with Robin and Marian.
More details about the CD can be found on the FSM website.
BBC Proms concerts have a little bit of Barry in one of their concerts, Saturday 16 August.
J. Lee Thompson directs Charles Bronson in this strange western variation on Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Bronson plays a man named James Otis, who is disturbed by dreams of a giant white buffalo. He returns to the west under his new name --Wild Bill Hickok.
Amongst his travels, he meets Chief Crazy Horse (Will Sampson), who is roaming the plains in an obsessive search for the giant white buffalo that killed his young daughter.
Chief Crazy Horse wants to slay the beast in revenge for his daughter's death, and Wild Bill Hickok teams up with him to hunt down the giant white buffalo.
Also stars Kim Novak, John Carradine, and Slim Pickens.
1. THE WHITE BUFFALO 2:15
2. MAIN TITLE 3:59
3. MR. OTIS 0:27
4. CHARLIE ONE-EYE 1:40
5. BUFFALO RAMPAGE 0:53
6. MOURNING WORM/BUFFALO BONES 1:59
7. DEAD MINERS/FETTERMAN 1:36
8. UP FRENCH CREEK/BEIN AFRAID 2:07
9. EATIN' CROW/SNOW WALK 1:53
10. 'OL" NICODEMUS 1:02
11. KILLER FIRES 1:08
12. HANG A WOODEN SUIT/CAPITAL EXPANSION 2:02
13. NIGHT VISITOR 1:17
14. STILL BEIN AFRAID 2:05
15. THE PLACE/BUFFALO CHARGE 2:06
16. OHINYAN/END CREDITS 4:57
17. JENNY WEEDS 0:32
18. LOST MY BET 1:19
Arranged, Conducted and Produced by David Shire
19. CAMPTOWN MEDLEY #1 1:53
20. CAMPTOWN MEDLEY #2 1:37
Total Time: 37:37
"The Beautiful And The Damned".
John Barrowman, Helen Anker, Patti Boulaye, David Burt, Jo Gibb, Sarah Lark and Jane Lucas are to star in the premiere of The Beautiful And The Damned, a musical about the troubled life of writer F Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda.
It will play a prospective pre West End season at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford from 16th to 28th June.
The show is produced by Laurence Myers and Charles and Mary Dobson.
Shirley Bassey to star at the International Music Eisteddfod. Festival web site is at www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk