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 Post subject: INTRADA Announces Alex North's CHEYENNE AUTUMN
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:31 pm 
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INTRADA Announces:

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CHEYENNE AUTUMN
Composed and Conducted by ALEX NORTH
INTRADA Special Collection 362


The epic scale and musical vocabulary of Alex North's score to the 1964 Warner Bros. film Cheyenne Autumn places it alongside Spartacus and Cleopatra as three lengthy and complicated works that form something of an unofficial trilogy, unique among all of the composer’s other remarkable output. North chose to emphasize emotion over setting and dialogue, electing to write in an idiom that was far removed from what audiences of the time expected from a western.

North's score surges with dissonance; it is painted in unorthodox colors— omitting violins and violas, leaving only cellos and basses. The cellos often cover territory normally played by violas, resulting in aggressive, tense qualities in the higher range and dense, thick sounds in the lower register. The absence of upper strings heightens the effect and is a dramatic color North also employed in portions of Spartacus. The flute section alone included piccolo and C flute as well as alto flute and bass flute. Double reeds included multiple parts for oboe, English horn, bassoon and contrabassoon. Other expansions included a large brass section, sometimes utilizing no fewer than six French horns, four trumpets and four trombones plus tuba, with players both open and muted. The percussion requirements covered the full range of snare drums, tenor drums, bass drums, log drums of numerous sizes, a large timpani section, wooden, metallic xylophones and all manner of beaters and shakers.

To present all the music recorded under North’s supervision, Intrada was given access to the entire Warner Bros. scoring session elements, newly transferred across some two dozen reels of film. Every reel survived in pristine condition, including all of the original score as well as the folk tune arrangements made specifically for the lengthy Dodge City sequence that originally brought Act I of the film to a conclusion. These elements also yielded “Overture” and “Entr’acte” cues as well as a brief fanfare recorded for the intermission card and a more deliberate one for use as a possible exit cue. The scoring sessions were captured on six-channel magnetic film with an additional six channels containing overlays of harp glissandi, xylophone hits, triangle and other colors that would be synchronized with the other six channels during postproduction mixing.

It is not just the music of Cheyenne Autumn that attempted to break the mold of traditional western filmmaking…

Intending to tell the story of the heroic, 1500-mile trek of 286 dispossessed Cheyenne Indians from a reservation in Oklahoma to their ancestral lands in the Dakotas during 1878–79, director John Ford noted, “I’ve killed more Indians than anyone since Custer.” This time he wanted to make a film from the Native American perspective. “This is their side,” he said. He wanted to portray the Cheyenne neither as heavies nor as ignorant, misguided savages. If there was to be a heavy, it would be the distant United States government, a government blind to the Indians’ plight. Indeed, U.S. troops and their leaders are variously depicted in the film as conflicted, maniacal or inept as they pursue the hapless Indians.

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 Post subject: Re: INTRADA Announces Alex North's CHEYENNE AUTUMN
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Gotta love all those auxiliary instruments...

Just to be sure -- entire release, including all source music, is stereo, yes?


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An astoundingly brilliant score from the resplendent Alex North. I really look forward to capturing this Two CD set, and plan on spending many hours listening. Another masterful stroke from Doug Fake and company!


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Wow...just wow! This has got to be one of the few times where I am instantly sold on this release just from the cover alone. But after listening to the samples, I am even more intrigued by it. I will definitely snag a copy when I get the funds for it (which will be sooner than later, I hope). Doug, you and everyone at Intrada have done a justifiable service to another golden-age score release, you all deserve a pat on the back and free drinks. Awesome job! ^^

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 Post subject: Re: INTRADA Announces Alex North's CHEYENNE AUTUMN
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Fantastic! Keep the western scores coming, will order soon.


* Would love to see Alfred Newman's "Nevada Smith" released in a 2cd set if possible?


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johnsmith wrote:
Fantastic! Keep the western scores coming, will order soon.


* Would love to see Alfred Newman's "Nevada Smith" released in a 2cd set if possible?




My copy is in the mail! :)

Yes! A 2 CD set to Newman's NEVADA SMITH would be fantastic!


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 Post subject: Re: INTRADA Announces Alex North's CHEYENNE AUTUMN
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TerraEpon wrote:
Gotta love all those auxiliary instruments...

Just to be sure -- entire release, including all source music, is stereo, yes?


Yes, everything is in stereo from 6-channel scoring session master elements that were vaulted complete and in perfect condition. That includes all orchestral cues, overlays, percussion sweeteners, source cues, cavalry pieces and Native American drumming sequences. That said, obviously the solo bugle calls for the cavalry sequences have rather limited multi-directional sound due to there being just one player. :wink:
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 Post subject: Re: INTRADA Announces Alex North's CHEYENNE AUTUMN
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Some VERY tempting new music in the sound samples!

My birthday is next week, so maybe I'll buzz over to the (lavish :) ) Intrada offices to buy mine in person, so I won't procrastinate, then have to wait an additional 8-10 years like I did for CAPRICORN ONE to reappear.

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 Post subject: Re: INTRADA Announces Alex North's CHEYENNE AUTUMN
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Douglass Fake wrote:

Yes, everything is in stereo from 6-channel scoring session master elements that were vaulted complete and in perfect condition. That includes all orchestral cues, overlays, percussion sweeteners, source cues, cavalry pieces and Native American drumming sequences. That said, obviously the solo bugle calls for the cavalry sequences have rather limited multi-directional sound due to there being just one player. :wink:
--Doug



Back when the previous issue came out, the gossip was that North was unhappy with the release owing to something missing (I never learned what). I hope this Intrada release clears up the mystery, and/or makes it right.

I'll take half a moment to brag: When I was younger (and still had all my hair!) I got to see and work with the full score for this music. It was quite the surprise to see all those blank score lines for the violins!

I also saw scoring for "Yugoslav flute". I'm curious to learn where that appears.

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 Post subject: Re: INTRADA Announces Alex North's CHEYENNE AUTUMN
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Thank you, Doug, for pursuing this passion project. The sound is sumptious and it's wonderful to hear this epic score in all it's complete glory. Like many of North's scores, this is one that one will get in the mood for and then listen to straight through just to appreciate it's magnificent architecture and the marvellous dark textures of the piece.

Like DRAGONSLAYER, it's challenging but yields up a bounty of enjoyment to the discerning listener. Thanks again.


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davidinberkeley wrote:
Some VERY tempting new music in the sound samples!

My birthday is next week, so maybe I'll buzz over to the (lavish :) ) Intrada offices to buy mine in person, so I won't procrastinate, then have to wait an additional 8-10 years like I did for CAPRICORN ONE to reappear.


Hey, David. I'm usually working in our studio but If you pop in on a Tuesday, I'm typically in the office all afternoon. It'd be fun to say 'hi.'
--Doug


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Mine arrived today, I can't wait to give it a serious listen.


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Douglass Fake wrote:
davidinberkeley wrote:
Some VERY tempting new music in the sound samples!

My birthday is next week, so maybe I'll buzz over to the (lavish :) ) Intrada offices to buy mine in person, so I won't procrastinate, then have to wait an additional 8-10 years like I did for CAPRICORN ONE to reappear.


Hey, David. I'm usually working in our studio but If you pop in on a Tuesday, I'm typically in the office all afternoon. It'd be fun to say 'hi.'
--Doug


I will make a Tuesday afternoon available to buy the AWESOME new release of MAKING LOVE, and to take you up on the offer to say "hello".

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davidinberkeley wrote:
Douglass Fake wrote:
davidinberkeley wrote:
Some VERY tempting new music in the sound samples!

My birthday is next week, so maybe I'll buzz over to the (lavish :) ) Intrada offices to buy mine in person, so I won't procrastinate, then have to wait an additional 8-10 years like I did for CAPRICORN ONE to reappear.


Hey, David. I'm usually working in our studio but If you pop in on a Tuesday, I'm typically in the office all afternoon. It'd be fun to say 'hi.'
--Doug


I will make a Tuesday afternoon available to buy the AWESOME new release of MAKING LOVE, and to take you up on the offer to say "hello".


I'll say 'hello' right back, too. :)
--Doug


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 Post subject: Re: INTRADA Announces Alex North's CHEYENNE AUTUMN
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I tend to listen to this one twice through each time. Lately I'm on something of a John Ford kick and while the movie this goes with is not one of my favorites, North's music is right up there. Thanks for making this happen! :)

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