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Song of the Day #1444

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Suite") [YouTube link], composed by today's birthday boy, Miklos Rozsa, includes all of the sweeping themes for the grand 1959 epic "Tale of the Christ," starring Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur [YouTube documentary on Chuck]....

Posted in Notablog on April 18, 2017 12:05 AM

Song of the Day #1443

Song of the Day: Eye of the Needle ("Love Theme") [YouTube link] was composed by Miklos Rozsa for this 1981 film based on the Ken Follett spy novel. This lush romanticism shows us another side to the man who composed...

Posted in Notablog on April 17, 2017 12:50 PM

Song of the Day #1442

Song of the Day: Quo Vadis? ("Overture") [YouTube link], composed by Miklos Rozsa for the 1951 MGM film adaptation of the Henryk Sienkiewicz novel, helps us to mark Easter, which is celebrated today by both Western and Eastern Orthodox Christians....

Posted in Notablog on April 16, 2017 12:33 AM

Song of the Day #1430

On Facebook, I wrote the following preface: Today’s entry in my film music series comes from an epic story of struggle and redemption with which I’ve always identified. And it’s a custom I’ve developed, every February 17th since 2005, to...

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2017 12:01 AM

Ben-Hur 2016: I'll Wait for the DVD

Back on March 23, 2016, I posted a Notablog entry, "A New 'Ben-Hur' Looms . . . Oy Vey!," where I provided links to the first promotional trailers to the newest version of the classic Lew Wallace "Tale of the...

Posted in Notablog on August 21, 2016 06:53 PM

A New "Ben-Hur" Looms... Oy Vey!

Given that this is Holy Week for Western Christians, I thought it was high time to take a look at the two trailers for a new film version of the classic story of "Ben-Hur," based on the great "Tale of...

Posted in Notablog on March 23, 2016 02:54 PM

Song of the Day #1322

Song of the Day: The Thief of Baghdad ("Suite") [YouTube link] captures some of the textures of Miklos Rozsa's soundtrack to this 1940 fantasy film with Sabu. Rozsa's compositions for film and the concert stage remain among the finest symphonic...

Posted in Notablog on February 18, 2016 02:51 PM

Song of the Day #1321

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Gratus' Entry To Jerusalem") [YouTube link] is a dark, imperial march composed by Miklos Rozsa that begins immediately after "Salute for Gratus" (included here as well) on a 5-disc edition of the score to my...

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2016 12:01 AM

Song of the Day #1309

Song of the Day: Hole in the Head ("High Hopes"), music by Jimmy Van Heusen, lyrics by Sammy Cahn, became a hit for one of the stars of this 1959 Frank Capra comedy, Frank Sinatra, a singer who took up...

Posted in Notablog on February 5, 2016 03:08 PM

Song of the Day #1245

Song of the Day: King of Kings ("The Pieta"/"The Sepulcher"/"Resurrection") [YouTube link], composed by the great Miklos Rozsa for the 1961 film of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, marks the moment of his death, burial, and resurrection, which today...

Posted in Notablog on April 12, 2015 12:04 AM

Song of the Day #1243

Song of the Day: King of Kings ("Jesus Enters Jerusalem"/"A Tempest in Judea"/"Defeat"/"False") [YouTube link], composed by Maestro Miklos Rozsa, is featured as the cue in this 1961 Biblical epic, when Jesus of Nazareth (played by Jeffrey Hunter) enters the...

Posted in Notablog on April 5, 2015 10:53 AM

Song of the Day #1227

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Overture") [YouTube link] composed by Master Maestro Miklos Rozsa, encapsulates all the main thematic content of my favorite soundtrack (and film) of all time. It's become a tradition on my birthday to pick a cue...

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2015 12:06 AM

Song of the Day #1172

Song of the Day: North By Northwest ("Crash of the Cropduster") [YouTube link], composed by Bernard Herrmann for this 1959 cinematic Hitchcock gem, is as much about what music is not heard as much as it is about what is...

Posted in Notablog on February 20, 2014 09:29 PM

Song of the Day #1169

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Salute for Messala") [audio clip at that link] is a 10-second cue composed by the legendary Miklos Rozsa, which is heard in the 1959 MGM epic upon the arrival of Judah Ben-Hur's childhood friend, Messala,...

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2014 02:03 PM

Song of the Day #1109

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Arrius' Party") [YouTube link], composed by the great Miklos Rozsa, is a sedate but celebratory theme, from my all-time favorite film, the 1959 epic, "Ben-Hur." Each year, on this date, since I inaugurated "My Favorite...

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2013 11:10 AM

Song of the Day #1043

Song of the Day: Planet of the Apes ("Main Title" / Various) [excellent YouTube soundtrack montage at that link] features the futuristic sounds of Jerry Goldsmith, who provides the perfect musical complement to one of the most remarkable sci-fi films,...

Posted in Notablog on February 28, 2012 12:42 PM

Song of the Day #1032

Song of the Day: Ben Hur ("The Burning Desert") [YouTube clip at that link], composed by the one and only Miklos Rozsa, is from my all-time favorite film, the 1959 epic known for its colossal naval battles and chariot...

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2012 12:02 AM

Song of the Day #974

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Roman March" or "Marcia Romana") [YouTube clip at that link], composed by Miklos Rozsa, is one of the master's grandest marches from the grandest of all epics. Continuing Movie Music Month, this one's for me...

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2011 12:17 AM

Song of the Day #948

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Salute for Gratus") [audio clip at that link] is one of the grandest themes composed by Miklos Rozsa for my favorite film, "Ben-Hur." And so, it is fitting to highlight this one, from my favorite...

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2010 10:59 PM

Song of the Day #932

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Fertility Dance") [audio clip at that link], composed by Miklos Rozsa, offers a rousing start to our Annual Movie Music Tribute, in anticipation of the 81st Academy Awards. The tribute also begins on the occasion...

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2009 06:40 AM

Song of the Day #917

Song of the Day: Dragnet is credited to Miklos Rozsa (from whom the "dum-de-dum-dum" theme was drawn, first heard in "The Killers") and Walter Schumann. Known also as "Danger Ahead" and the "Dragnet March," the theme was a hit for...

Posted in Notablog on September 21, 2008 10:00 AM

Song of the Day #891

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("The Miracle") [audio clip at that link], music by Miklos Rozsa, is a restatement of the central theme from this magnificent soundtrack, with hallelujah chorus bringing the film to a triumphant finale. A Happy Easter...

Posted in Notablog on April 27, 2008 11:50 AM

Song of the Day #889

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("The Galley") was composed by birthday boy Miklos Rozsa for a classic scene, the rowing of the galley slaves, in this 11-Oscar-winning masterpiece. The perfect wedding between cinematic scoring and film, this composition takes us...

Posted in Notablog on April 18, 2008 06:45 AM

Song of the Day #885

Song of the Day: King of Kings ("The Lord's Prayer") (audio clip at that link), composed by Miklos Rozsa, marks Easter for my Western Christian friends today, to whom I send my best wishes. This composition restates with great sensitivity...

Posted in Notablog on March 23, 2008 09:27 AM

Song of the Day #871

Song of the Day: Ben Hur ("Victory Parade, Parts 1 & 2") (audio clip at that link), composed by Miklos Rozsa, kicks off our annual film music tribute, which will take us right up to the 80th Annual Academy Awards....

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2008 12:02 AM

Miklos Rozsa: A Centennial Celebration

On April 18, 1907, composer Miklos Rozsa was born in Budapest, Hungary. Today, April 18, 2007, I celebrate the Centennial of the maestro's birth. As readers may know, I have often featured Rozsa's music in my "Song of the Day"...

Posted in Notablog on April 18, 2007 07:30 AM

Song of the Day #808

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("The Battle") (audio clip at that link) is one of the most rousing cinematic achievements in the Miklos Rozsa film score canon. No tribute would be complete without a nod to my all-time favorite film...

Posted in Notablog on April 18, 2007 06:00 AM

Song of the Day #807

Song of the Day: The Killers ("Main Title") is from the 1946 movie, which boasted one of Miklos Rozsa's classic film noir scores. It actually introduced the "dum-de-dum-dum" theme, which (along with Rozsa's score for "The Naked City") inspired the...

Posted in Notablog on April 17, 2007 08:00 AM

Song of the Day #806

Song of the Day: Sodom and Gomorrah ("Intermezzo") (audio clip at that link) is a bold cinematic theme written by Miklos Rozsa. Check out the new 100th anniversary special 2-CD edition of this soundtrack!...

Posted in Notablog on April 16, 2007 07:00 AM

Song of the Day #805

Song of the Day: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (Opus 32) was composed by Miklos Rozsa at the request of cellist Janos Starker. Listen to audio clips from three renditions: one recorded by cellist Lynn Harrell with the Atlanta Symphony...

Posted in Notablog on April 15, 2007 10:00 AM

Song of the Day #804

Song of the Day: Concerto for Viola (Opus 37) (audio clips at that link, featuring viola soloist Paul Silverthorne) is a richly textured four-movement work that is one of composer Miklos Rozsa's orchestral triumphs....

Posted in Notablog on April 14, 2007 09:45 AM

Song of the Day #803

Song of the Day: The Vintner's Daughter (12 variations on a French folk song) (audio clips at that link), composed by Miklos Rozsa, is based on a poem by Juste Olivier, which was set to a French folk-song. It has...

Posted in Notablog on April 13, 2007 10:00 AM

Song of the Day #802

Song of the Day: Hungarian Nocturne (Opus 28, Notturno Ungherese] is composer Miklos Rozsa's "attempt to recapture the rare beauty of the nights" he remembered in rural Hungary. For me, it evokes the rare beauty of Rozsa's melodic sensibility. Listen...

Posted in Notablog on April 12, 2007 09:00 AM

Song of the Day #788

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Homecoming"), composed by the great Miklos Rozsa, opens my annual film music tribute, which will extend through Oscar Day, February 25, 2007. This year, I will feature a mix of cues and songs from the...

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2007 09:00 AM

Hitchcock and the Art of the Score

There is a really good article in today's NY Times, a book review by Edward Rothstein entitled "Hitchcock, Thrilling the Ears as Well as the Eyes." In it, Rothstein reviews Jack Sullivan's new book, Hitchcock's Music (Yale University Press). Having...

Posted in Notablog on January 8, 2007 07:02 AM

The Books of Summer

I'm in the process of writing several encyclopedia articles as well as a few journal and magazine pieces (more information on these essays to follow in the coming weeks). And I've got brand new peer reader assignments too! And fuhgedabout...

Posted in Notablog on June 10, 2006 09:02 AM

Song of the Day #615

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Choral Suite") (audio clips at that link), was composed by Miklos Rozsa and arranged and reconstructed by Daniel Robbins. Happy Easter to my family and to all my Greek and Russian Orthodox friends. And our...

Posted in Notablog on April 23, 2006 10:06 AM

Song of the Day #614

Song of the Day: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Cello, Op. 29, composed by Miklos Rozsa, is one of the maestro's finest concert works. Listen to audio clips from renditions featuring the great violinist Jascha Heifetz, cellist Richard Bock and...

Posted in Notablog on April 22, 2006 12:01 AM

Song of the Day #613

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("The Procession to Calvary" / "The Bearing of the Cross") (audio clips at that link), composed by Miklos Rozsa, coincides with the Eastern Orthodox Good Friday. It is as if Rozsa captures all the pain...

Posted in Notablog on April 21, 2006 07:49 AM

Song of the Day #612

Song of the Day: Lust for Life ("Sien" / "Reunion"), composed by Miklos Rozsa, is from the score for the 1956 film "Lust for Life," starring Kirk Douglas. Listen to the full-length audio clips of these cues here; check out...

Posted in Notablog on April 20, 2006 06:45 AM

Song of the Day #611

Song of the Day: Diane ("Beauty and Grace"), composed by Miklos Rozsa, is from the film score to the 1956 MGM swashbuckler. Listen to an audio clip from the soundtrack here and to full-length cues here (especially the lovely version...

Posted in Notablog on April 19, 2006 07:18 AM

Song of the Day #610

Song of the Day: Theme, Variations, and Finale (audio clips at that link) is one the finest orchestral compositions in the Miklos Rozsa canon. Today would have been the maestro's 99th birthday! Happy Birthday, Miklos!...

Posted in Notablog on April 18, 2006 07:35 AM

Song of the Day #609

Song of the Day: Sodom and Gomorrah ("Lot's Mission" / "Epilogue") (audio clip at that link), composed by Miklos Rozsa, is featured on the soundtrack to the 1962 film. Check out an additional clip from the soundtrack here....

Posted in Notablog on April 17, 2006 06:25 AM

Song of the Day #608

Song of the Day: Quo Vadis ("Choral Suite") was composed by Miklos Rozsa and arranged and reconstructed by Daniel Robbins. Happy Easter to all my Western Christian friends! Listen to audio clips from the suite here and to Mario Lanza,...

Posted in Notablog on April 16, 2006 11:34 AM

Song of the Day #607

Song of the Day: El Cid ("Love Theme: The Falcon and the Dove"), music by Miklos Rozsa, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, was nominated for a 1961 Academy Award for Best Song from the epic film, "El Cid." This was...

Posted in Notablog on April 15, 2006 11:01 AM

Song of the Day #606

Song of the Day: King of Kings ("Choral Suite"), composed by Miklos Rozsa, arranged and reconstructed by Daniel Robbins, begins a ten-day tribute to Rozsa that will encompass his birthday and the Easter holidays. Given some of the music he...

Posted in Notablog on April 14, 2006 08:05 AM

Meme of Four

Steven Horwitz has tagged me for the "Meme-of-Four" (dammit indeed!) Okay, here goes. Four jobs I've had: 1. Bookkeeper 2. Assistant Orientation Director 3. Mobile Disc Jockey 4. Editor Four movies I can watch over and over again: 1. Ben-Hur...

Posted in Notablog on March 8, 2006 06:59 AM

Song of the Day #550

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Friendship") [audio clip at that link], music by Miklos Rozsa, continues an annual tradition, in which I feature a composition from my all-time favorite soundtrack. I pick this stellar theme today in celebration of my...

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2006 08:20 AM

Song of the Day #509

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Star of Bethelehem"/"Adoration of the Magi"), composed by the great Miklos Rozsa, is perfect on the eve of the Epiphany. From my favorite movie, the 1959 version of "Ben-Hur," these selections can be sampled from...

Posted in Notablog on January 5, 2006 08:05 AM

Song of the Day #497

Song of the Day: King of Kings ("Road to Bethlehem"/"The Nativity"), composed by the great Miklos Rozsa, is one of the most beautiful film score renderings of the birth of Christ. Listen to an audio clip from the soundtrack album...

Posted in Notablog on December 24, 2005 12:01 AM

Song of the Day #441

Song of the Day: Lydia ("Waltz") was composed by Miklos Rozsa, as part of the Academy Award-nominated score for the 1941 film, "Lydia," starring Merle Oberon and Joseph Cotten. It can be heard as part of a suite for solo...

Posted in Notablog on October 30, 2005 10:47 AM

Song of the Day #440

Song of the Day: Time After Time ("Time Machine Waltz"), composed by Miklos Rozsa, is one of the composer's most melodic screen waltzes. It is played by pianist Eric Parkin on the soundtrack album....

Posted in Notablog on October 29, 2005 12:09 PM

Ben-Hur: A Tale of A Great DVD Collection

Readers of Notablog are certainly familiar with my life-long love of the 1959 film version of "Ben-Hur," as expressed in essays such as this one. As I mentioned here back in May, a 4-DVD collector's edition of the great William...

Posted in Notablog on September 13, 2005 11:49 AM

Song of the Day #381

Song of the Day: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 24, composed by Miklos Rozsa, is one of my favorite Rozsa concert pieces. Listen to audio clips of all three movements from the debut recording by violinist Jascha Heifetz, and...

Posted in Notablog on September 1, 2005 09:08 AM

Pro Musica Sana #61

For those who don't know about the Miklos Rozsa Society or its wonderful periodical, Pro Musica Sana, there is a real treat in the new issue (#61): A superb and detailed analysis of Miklos Rozsa's film score to "Ben-Hur." I...

Posted in Notablog on June 16, 2005 07:20 AM

"Ben-Hur": A Tale of a New DVD Release

Readers know from this essay that I've long considered "Ben-Hur" to be my favorite film of all time. Some months ago, I was contacted by those involved in the production of a new mega DVD release coming out in September...

Posted in Notablog on May 27, 2005 01:07 PM

New Rozsa CD

A new hybrid SACD recording of three choral suites for "Ben-Hur," "Quo Vadis," and "King of Kings" will be released at the end of April by Telarc. See here. I hope to post a review once I've had the opportunity...

Posted in Notablog on April 19, 2005 11:05 AM

Movie Music: Perlman and the New York Philharmonic

With all this discussion here and here over the quality of "crossover" artists, such as the great composer Miklos Rozsa, who wrote both for the concert stage and the cinema, nothing could have been more timely than going to a...

Posted in Notablog on April 13, 2005 09:58 AM

Musical "Purists" and "Impurities"

The discussion that began over Miklos Rozsa and Mario Lanza has led to further contributions from me: here, here, here, here, here, and here. One of those posts is actually worth reproducing here at Notablog because it deals with important...

Posted in Notablog on April 11, 2005 09:27 AM

The Problems with Rozsa and Lanza?

In response to an ongoing thread at SOLO HQ (to which I contributed more recent comments here and here), artist Michael Newberry takes me to task on my views of composer Miklos Rozsa and singer Mario Lanza. I respond at...

Posted in Notablog on April 10, 2005 09:33 AM

Song of the Day #185

Song of the Day: Madame Bovary ("Waltz") [audio clip at that link], music by Miklos Rozsa, was composed for the Vincente Minnelli-directed 1949 film version of the Gustave Flaubert novel, starring Jennifer Jones. This swirling, romantic piece was inspired by...

Posted in Notablog on February 26, 2005 12:13 AM

Song of the Day #184

Song of the Day: Providence ("Valse Crepusculaire"), music by Miklos Rozsa, was dubbed the "anti-Ben-Hur" by the composer because "it had absolutely nothing of the spectacular about it." In fact, it is one of the most intimate and touching scores...

Posted in Notablog on February 25, 2005 07:01 AM

Song of the Day #183

Song of the Day: Spellbound ("Concerto"), music by Miklos Rozsa, is among the composer's finest film noir contributions, written for the 1945 Hitchcock film, starring Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman, and featuring Salvador Dali sets for its famous dream sequence....

Posted in Notablog on February 24, 2005 06:47 AM

Song of the Day #178

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Parade of the Charioteers") [audio clip at that link], music by Miklos Rozsa, trumpets the bold and grand arrival of the charioteers before the Great Chariot Race in this all-time Oscar champ (its 11 Oscar...

Posted in Notablog on February 19, 2005 12:15 AM

Rand, Rozsa, and Romanticism

After the posting of my article on Miklos Rozsa yesterday, some nice discussion has continued at the Rozsa forum (where I posted on the subject of the current header) and at SOLO HQ. Feel free to continue posting comments at...

Posted in Notablog on February 18, 2005 09:40 AM

Song of the Day #177

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Love Theme") [audio clip at that link], music by Miklos Rozsa, is sensitively stated by a solo violin with orchestra. It is a central theme from this William Wyler-directed epic, and one of the romantic...

Posted in Notablog on February 18, 2005 09:32 AM

Miklos Rozsa: A Singular Life

SOLO HQ has posted my February-March 2005 Free Radical article, "Miklos Rozsa: A Singular Life." (A PDF is available here.) Discussion is archived here. How appropriately planned, considering today's "Song of the Day"! Also noted at The Rozsa Forum and...

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2005 08:05 AM

Song of the Day #176

Song of the Day: Ben-Hur ("Prelude") [audio clip at that link], music by Miklos Rozsa, announces the main theme from what is probably my favorite film score, composed by one of my favorite composers, for my favorite movie, the 1959...

Posted in Notablog on February 17, 2005 07:43 AM

Song of the Day #175

Song of the Day: Chinatown ("Love Theme") [aural clip at that link], music by Jerry Goldsmith, is stated simply by a bluesy trumpet soloist, harking back to its 1930s' setting, accompanied by a full panoply of modern harmonies. Evoking solitude,...

Posted in Notablog on February 16, 2005 06:40 AM

Song of the Day #170

Song of the Day: King of Kings ("Prelude") [audio clip at that link], music by Miklos Rozsa, is the glorious main theme from the 1961 Nicholas Ray-directed version of "King of Kings," starring Jeffrey Hunter as Jesus. This selection is...

Posted in Notablog on February 11, 2005 11:03 AM

Song of the Day #163

Song of the Day: El Cid ("Prelude") [audio clip at that link], composed by Miklos Rozsa, is a stirring theme from this heroic soundtrack from the 1961 film starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren....

Posted in Notablog on February 4, 2005 07:37 AM

New Free Radical Centenary Issue

Lindsay Perigo announced the publication of the new issue of The Free Radical, which centers on the Ayn Rand Centenary. Having assisted in the copyediting and proofing of the issue, in my capacity as Assistant Editor, I can say it's...

Posted in Notablog on January 28, 2005 08:23 PM

Free Radical Rand Centenary Issue

Lindsay Perigo announces the forthcoming Free Radical Rand Centenary issue here. I've got a couple of pieces in the issue, including a synopsis of the two Centenary symposia featured by The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, and an introduction to...

Posted in Notablog on January 18, 2005 01:55 PM

Bias, Randian or Otherwise

In a comment added at the Rozsa forum, I address the issue of bias in my review of Cesari's biography of Mario Lanza, a response to points raised by writer A. Lee Hern....

Posted in Notablog on October 11, 2004 01:02 PM

Lanza & Rozsa Debate?

My, my... I know that sometimes my work can provoke heated responses, but on Mario Lanza and Miklos Rozsa? Well... I guess so. Check out the continuing dialogue here....

Posted in Notablog on October 10, 2004 05:12 PM

Rozsa & Lanza

At the Rozsa Forum, I added a note on Miklos Rozsa and Mario Lanza....

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Newbie, Rozsa, and Twin Toes Threads

My posts from yesterday have elicited quite a few interesting discussions. The question I posed at the Rozsa forum has generated some good answers. My "Neocon Newbie" post at L&P has several threads. First, there's my discussion with Jonathan Dresner...

Posted in Notablog on October 5, 2004 08:07 AM

Sha? Ska? Barra?

I've been busy working on an article about the great 20th century composer, Miklos Rozsa, and posed a question about a curious statement that Rozsa made in his autobiography, Double Life. Take a look at the Miklos Rozsa Society forum...

Posted in Notablog on October 4, 2004 08:53 PM