Original Soundtrack

Scaramouche [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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A representative of the old-style, pre-World War II approach to scoring action movies, Victor Young's music for Scaramouche, with broad orchestral fanfares at its core and lots of strings and melody throughout, arrives on CD as part of Film Score Monthly's Golden Age Classics series, limited to 3000 copies pressed. Young wasn't the kind of highly articulated creative presence that, say, Miklós Rózsa was -- he was decidedly old-school, which meant that he could, if left to his own devices in an opulent enough movie, over-score a film by today's standards. Luckily, Scaramouche wasn't made today, but in 1947-48, and so it plays well, not only as a movie but also as music. The CD offers a rich array of post-romantic sounds, subdued elegance mixed with rousing action themes, all played in the most lush style possible. As is usually the case with this series of releases, the producers have included alternate tracks and less-well-preserved moments in the score in a section appended to the main body of the soundtrack. The annotation explains it all as well as the evolution of the music and the origins of the movie.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Scaramouche, film (1952)
1 2:23
2 0:17
3 3:39
4 1:12
5 1:36
6 1:18
7 1:15
8 4:45
9 1:27
10 4:51
11 2:32
12 1:39
13 2:24
14 2:20
15 1:05
16 0:27
17 1:25
18 1:30
19 2:41
20 0:46
21 1:08
22 2:11
23 1:57
24 0:20
25 2:47
26 2:07
27 3:20
28 0:43
29 2:29
30 1:28
31 1:13
32 2:16
33 0:42
34 0:39
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