THE MURDER OF MARY PHAGAN
Music Composed and Conducted by Maurice Jarre
Music Box Records - Limited Collector’s Edition of 1000 units • Sold Out
World Premiere release.
Over 60 minutes of music never-before released.
8-page CD booklet with liner notes by Randall D. Larson.
Music Box Records presents the world premiere release of Maurice Jarre’s score for The Murder of Mary Phagan, a 1988 American TV miniseries that told the tragic, true story of Leo Frank’s arrest and trial for the murder of 13-year old Mary Phagan in Atlanta, Georgia on April 26, 1913. Based largely on testimony later believed false, Frank was convicted and sentenced to death for the crime. Georgia Governor John M. Slaton later commuted Frank’s sentence to life imprisonment after determining evidence was insufficient to warrant execution; In protest, a group of armed men kidnapped Frank from prison and lynched him. Decades later, new evidence contradicted the testimony of 1913 and Leo Frank was posthumously pardoned by the State of Georgia in 1982.
Produced by George Stevens Jr., The Murder of Mary Phagan won three Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries. Committed to filming the story in the manner of a feature film, Stevens assembled a notable cast headlined by Academy Award-winning star Jack Lemmon, Peter Gallagher, and Kevin Spacey in one of his first co-starring roles. They were supported by an impressive array of veteran character actors, each of whom brought credibility and authenticity to their performances.
The film’s subdued but consummate musical score was the work of multiple Academy Award-winning composer Maurice Jarre (1924-2009) - quite a coup for George Stevens to land in his pursuit of a feature-film quality miniseries. But unlike the solo-synth scores that were prevalent throughout the decade, Jarre integrated his synths with his orchestra, recording the electronic instruments live on the scoring stage with the orchestra. The result is an engaging hybrid score that has the organic symphonic warmth flavored with unique electronic textures that gave the Mary Phagan score a quite remarkable sound palette.
The soundtrack debut of The Murder of Mary Phagan is presented in stereo from pristine-condition from multi-track session tapes. The album includes Jarre’s complete score as well as dance music standards of the period heard as source music on the soundtrack, arranged by Thomas Pasatieri (who also composed an original piece). The album includes an 8-page illustrated booklet featuring liner notes by Randall D. Larson who discusses the film’s background and examines Jarre’s little known score and its thematic architecture in detail.
1. Mary Phagan Main Title (2:24)
2. Mary in the Play (1:06)
3. I'm Going to Pick Up My Pay / Mary At Work (1:08)
4. Mary in Leo's Office / Alonzo / Newton Discovers Mary's Body (1:41)
5. The People Watching Mary's Body (0:53)
6. A Posthumous Pardon (3:04)
7. My Husband Is Innocent (0:56)
8. Frank's Photo / You Don't Suspect Me (1:48)
9. You'll Have the Gratitude (0:22)
10. You're Heading the Ticket (0:36)
11. I'm Going Home / You Can Get Back to Work (1:08)
12. Help Me (1:20)
13. Jubilation (1:13)
14. Organ Grinder (1:16)
15. Alonzo On the Witness Stand / Stop It (1:33)
16. Can We Expect a Statement? / I Want Tonight Off (1:04)
17. Slaton's Future Home / The Amputee Sings the Ballad (1:20)
18. Mary's Parents' Silent Protest / Threatening Note (0:44)
19. Slaton Questions Alonzo (2:17)
20. The Girl Whose Hair It Was, Was Dead / Slaton (1:19)
21. Thank You for Hearing Me / I Protest (1:42)
22. To Me / The Umbrella (1:20)
23. Leo Transplanted (1:45)
24. Threatening Mob (0:38)
25. I Don't Care, Sir / Time to Go (1:09)
26. I Like Hotels (0:33)
27. A Posthumous Pardon (Alternate) (3:04)
28. Mary Phagan End Credits (1:22)
THE EXTRAS - SOURCE MUSIC
29. El Choclo (3:04)
30. Tales of the Vienna Woods (2:41)
31. Prima Donna Waltz (1:42)
32. Sunday Waltz (2:42)
33. Angeline the Baker (2:18)
34. Polka Wiesniaczka (3:07)
35. Green Meadow Waltz (2:42)
36. El Choclo (Alternate) (3:04)
Total Time • 61:32
The book "Discographie Vinyle Illustrée" contains the covers of Maurice Jarre's LPs discography from 1954 to 1991, with covers and pictures in color and black & white. The book includes two unreleased interviews of Jarre on his early years with Jean Vilar and the TNP (Théâtre National Populaire) and his appointment as composer for “Lawrence of Arabia”.
270 pages / 1650 pictures - English edition available.