A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
When I was working at Universal, Abby North requested to have some of Alex’s music reduced from oversize score paper down to tabloid, a more manageable size, in order to preserve it. “A Streetcar Named Desire” was one of those scores. Being the curious type that I am, I sought out a recording to study the manuscript and was blown away. I picked up a copy of the film, since the only recording I could find was Goldsmith’s re-recording for Varese Sarabande, which didn’t include all the music.
If I was blown away by the music, I was mesmerized by the performances. Eventually, I founded Omni with the intent of publishing “Streetcar” at some point. Upon further investigation, I realized there were some critical cues missing. It was now during the pandemic, and after reaching out to Warner Brothers, I couldn’t get a response. I turned to Robert Townson, formerly of Varese Sarabande, and told him about my dilemma. As luck would have it, he happened to have copies of the very cues I was missing. All that was missing was one arrangement of the “Varsouvienne.”
During the summer of 2021, I tasked Joel Kremeiyer-Kelly with inputting the notes. I spent the remainder of the year formatting the music. The pandemic further cause problems because a diminishing paper supply pushed the release back by a few months. But now that the book has released, I’m happy to share North’s superb music.
The music in “A Streetcar Named Desire” is a great example of a classic Hollywood score, full of rich textures and wonderful themes. It is a master class in writing music under dialogue, and there is a lot of dialogue in “Streetcar.” It ranges from entire scenes, or simply just one name ( if you know, then you know). North displays a mastery of using orchestral textures and polychordal harmony to tell a story. If you like your scores tragic, moody, and sexy, then this is the score for you.
137 pages, 9X12 inches. Paperbound, printed in U.S.A
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