Franz Waxman's 'Taras Bulba'

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

It sometimes happens. Franz Waxman composed a wonderful film score for a not-so-wonderful film. In fact, the 1962 movie "Taras Bulba" was a disappointment not only to the critics, but also to the film's star, Yul Brynner. Based on Nicolai Gogol's 1835 novella, "Taras Bulba" tells the tale of the 16th Century Zaporozhian Cossack of the title, who fought for Ukranian independence from Poland. Though the film foundered, Waxman was able to exploit his affinity for music from that part of the world, and his love of colorful, Tchaikovsky-style orchestration, to create a score that provided the film's only Oscar nomination.

Now Waxman's complete score has been newly recorded for the Tadlow label. Host David Garland presents highlights from the recording, and also speaks about the music with the composer's son, John Waxman. Selections from other scores by Franz Waxman will also be heard.

Comments [5]

Whoa. The segment that opens the show reminds me of the overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla ... Waxman certainly knew what he was doing, didn't he?

Aug. 13 2011 11:10 PM
Marina from Slate Hill, NY

Great show! Makes me want to see the movie, now.

Aug. 13 2011 10:01 PM
Marina Cramer from Slate Hill, NY

Just for the record, it's TarAS BOULba (for pronunciation). Thanks.

Aug. 13 2011 06:58 PM

Thanks for your clarification. The image has been changed accordingly.

Aug. 13 2011 06:31 PM

The illustration is from the 2009 Russian remake, not the 1962 film with Waxman's score as indicated.

Aug. 13 2011 01:49 PM

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