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Subject:  The Wizard of Oz Date:  11/28/2020  6:19 PM
Author:  alstroemeria Number:  137562 of 138540

complete soundtrack--and then some!

How wonderful to catch every nuance in the music without distracting visuals ;-)

about the music in WoZ:

In addition to the well-known vocals by [composer Harold] Harburg and [lyricist "Yip"] Arlen, nearly the entire film was underscored by arranger Herbert Stothart, using a mixture of instrumental-only leitmotifs composed for some of the characters, instrumental references to some of the vocals, and traditional and classical pieces. ...

Herbert Stothart...won an Academy Award for Best Original Score. Some of that underscoring was, of course, based on Harburg and Arlen's songs.


Although an orchestra underscores nearly the entire film, approximately the last third of the movie contains no songs. Once Dorothy and her cohorts are handed the task of killing the Wicked Witch, the mood of the film goes a bit darker. This was not originally intended—the last three songs in the film, "The Jitterbug," the vocal reprise of "Over The Rainbow," and "The Triumphant Return" were all excised from the film before its official release.

Howard Arlen composed over 500 songs, including Stormy Weather, Lydia the Tattooed Lady (from a Marx Bros movie), and The Man That Got Away. After his death, Irving Berlin paid tribute: "He wasn't as well known as some of us, but he was a better songwriter than most of us and he will be missed by all of us."

Yip Harbug wrote the lyrics for many famous songs, including Brother Can You Spare a Dime, April in Paris, and It's Only a Paper Moon. He championed racial and gender equality and union politics. He also was an ardent critic of religion. Although never a communist, he was a member of the Socialist Party and considered radical and was blacklisted.

PPS--Speaking of the Marx Bros, when my grandson was talking to me on Thanksgiving, he referred to something "bross." I was familiar with what he was talking about and informed him that "bros" is short for brothers ;-)
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