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William Perry: The Innocents Abroad And Other Mark Twain Films


Release Date: 03/25/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570200   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  William Perry
Performer:  Richard Hayman
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic OrchestraSlovak Philharmonic ChoirRome Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PERRY Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 1 Pudd’nhead Wilson. 1,2 Life on the Mississippi. 1 The Innocents Abroad. 3 The Private History of a Campaign that Failed. 1 The Mysterious Stranger 4 William Perry, cond; Slovak PO; 1 Read more class="ARIAL12"> Slovak Ch; 2 Rome PO; 3 Vienna SO & Boys’ Ch 4 NAXOS 8.570200 (70:16)


In Fanfare 31:3, I reviewed William Perry’s Trumpet Concerto, finding in it an “aching nostalgia” that betrays the composer’s activities in the filmic world (the same disc, “Trumpet Legacy,” included the world-premiere recording of his Two Dance Pieces for trumpet and orchestra). Having heard the present disc of film scores, and even watched the 211-minute film of Huckleberry Finn , it is easier to appreciate where Perry was coming from and just how good he was at what he did.


A pupil of Piston, Hindemith, and Randall Thompson, Perry writes and orchestrates with the ease of a latter-day Telemann. He scores for full orchestra, including parts for oboe d’amore, heckelphone, and flugelhorn. Although this Naxos disc is entitled, “The Innocents Abroad and other Mark Twain films, 1980–1985,” it is the music from Huckleberry Finn that is heard first and, indeed, takes up the most disc space for a single film. Here, Perry has to evoke the riverboat world of the Mississippi. The opening theme (which also closes the Suite) was reused by Perry as the music for the song “When out on the river” in the stage adaptation of the film. There is high slapstick in “Arrival of Royalty,” pretenders to a throne if ever there were any. (One member of said royalty is memorably played by Jim Dale.) Much of the music leaves one in no doubt as to the film’s geographical placement, and Perry can summon up nostalgia for carefree childhood like no one else (“Good times by the river”).


The brief excerpt (2:16) from Pudd’nhead Wilson uses wordless chorus and oboe d’amore to portray the departure of a woman whose actions have wreaked havoc and pain to all concerned. It is a tender and touching leave-taking. Life on the Mississippi returns us to the world of Huckleberry Finn . Essentially a biography of Sam Clemens (an apprentice on a Mississippi riverboat), the music is expertly realized. Take the way the opening theme, bright and open, is completely transformed in character for “Romance on the river,” or the way in which Perry captures the misty dance of the “Courtship of Emmeline.”


What adds to the interest of The Innocents Abroad is the way in which a common theme is transformed according to the geographic venue in operation on-screen at the time. The film tracks the first pleasure cruise from North America to Europe. The music is frequently hilarious, from the uproarious Parisian Can-Can through languorous, swooning Venetian gondolas to carefree Genoan bathtub rage (as if this latter is not strange enough, why is there a recurring figure in that movement that repeatedly asks, “Have a banana?”). “The Greek Chase” sounds more gypsy than Hellenic, but there is no doubting the location of the “Egyptian Caravan.”


The Private History of a Campaign that Failed speaks of the futility of war, a story of the microcosm of a single innocent death reflecting macrocosmic goings on. There is some delicious scoring (and playing) in the movement entitled, “The Games of War/Lorena.” “Lorena” refers to the 19th-century ballad heard on flugelhorn. The final title music, too, is shot through with tenderness.


Finally, The Mysterious Stranger , a film that apparently shows a dream within a dream within a dream. A tale of fantasy and magic, it sounds like wonderful escapism. The setting is the medieval period, so Perry opts for a double-reed quartet of oboe, cor anglais, heckelphone, and bassoon to approximate the sounds of shawms, bombards, etc. A boys’ choir is used to add to the sense of fantasy. The Vienna Boys’ Choir is, as one might expect, excellent (the boys have to be remarkably agile in the movement, “44 in Fancy Dress”).


The English-only documentation by Jane Iredale is extremely fine. After a brief introduction to the composer, there are extended sections on the music and the films. Fascinating listening.


FANFARE: Colin Clarke
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Works on This Recording

1.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
2.
Pudd'nhead Wilson: Roxy's Final Walk by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
Life on the Mississippi by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
4.
Innocents Abroad by William Perry
Performer:  Richard Hayman (Harmonica)
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
5.
The Private History of a Campaign That Failed by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
6.
The Mysterious Stranger by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
7.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: William Perry by William Perry
Performer:  Richard Hayman (Harmonica)
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Choir  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
8.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Good Times by the River by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Escape from Pap's Cabin by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
10.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Starting Downstream by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
11.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The Raftsmen by William Perry
Performer:  Richard Hayman (Harmonica)
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
12.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Arrival of Royalty by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
13.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The Buggy Ride by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
14.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Rescuing Jim by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
15.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Closing Scene by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
16.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: End Credit Music by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
17.
Life on the Mississippi: A Pilot on the Mississippi by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
18.
Life on the Mississippi: The Romance of the River by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
19.
Life on the Mississippi: Courtship at Emmeline by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
20.
Life on the Mississippi: Diaster at Night by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
21.
Life on the Mississippi: The Majestic Mississippi by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
22.
The Innocents Abroad: Mark Twain's Theme by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983 
Length: 0 Minutes 39 Secs. 
23.
The Innocents Abroad: Paris "The Can Can" by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
24.
The Innocents Abroad: Gondolas in Venice by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
25.
The Innocents Abroad: Genoa "The Bathtub Rag" by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
26.
The Innocents Abroad: Julia by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
27.
The Innocents Abroad: Welcome to Naples by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
28.
The Innocents Abroad: The Greek Chase by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
29.
The Innocents Abroad: Egyptian Caravan by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
30.
The Innocents Abroad: Closing Credits by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
31.
The Private History of a Campaign That Failed: Girls Along the Road by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
32.
The Private History of a Campaign That Failed: The Games of War-Lorena by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
33.
The Private History of a Campaign That Failed: Learning to Ride by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
34.
The Private History of a Campaign That Failed: Title Music by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
35.
The Mysterious Stranger: River Scene & Main Titles by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
36.
The Mysterious Stranger: 44 in Fancy Dress by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
37.
The Mysterious Stranger: Fight of the Duplicates by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982 
Length: 0 Minutes 39 Secs. 
38.
The Mysterious Stranger: The Burial of 44 by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
39.
The Mysterious Stranger: Love Scene by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
40.
The Mysterious Stranger: Closing Music by William Perry
Conductor:  William Perry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Opening Music: St. Petersburg
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Good Time by the River
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Escape from Pap's Cabin
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Starting Downstream
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The Raftsmen
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Arrival of Royalty
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The Buggy Ride
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Rescuing Jim
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Closing Scene
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: End Credit Music
Pudd'nhead Wilson: Roxy's Final Walk
Life on the Mississippi: A Pilot on the Mississippi
Life on the Mississippi: The Romance of the River
Life on the Mississippi: Courtship of Emmeline
Life on the Mississippi: Disaster at Night
Life on the Mississippi: The Majestic Mississippi
Innocents Abroad: Mark Twain's Theme
Innocents Abroad: Paris: The Can-Can
Innocents Abroad: Gondolas in Venice
Innocents Abroad: Genoa: The Bathtub Rag
Innocents Abroad: Julia
Innocents Abroad: Welcome to Naples
Innocents Abroad: The Greek Chase
Innocents Abroad: Egyptian Caravan
Innocents Abroad: Closing Credits
The Private History of a Campaign That Failed: Girls Along the Road
The Private History of a Campaign That Failed: The Games of War / Lorena
The Private History of a Campaign That Failed: Learning to Ride
The Private History of a Campaign That Failed: Title Music
The Mysterious Stranger: River Scene and Main Titles
The Mysterious Stranger: 44 in Fancy Dress
The Mysterious Stranger: Fight of the Duplicates
The Mysterious Stranger: The Burial of 44
The Mysterious Stranger: Love Scene
The Mysterious Stranger: Closing Music

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