Varese Sarabande: "9/30/55" Music by Leonard Rosenman


Available for the first time on CD!  Leonard Rosenman’s dramatic soundtrack score to 9/30/55, has been out of print for over 30 years. He composed the score for two of actor James Dean’s biggest films, East of Eden and Rebel Without A Cause, both in 1955. Neither soundtrack has ever been officially released. Rosenman used the themes he created for both East and Rebel as the basis for his score for 9/30/55. He breathes new life into those classic themes with new orchestrations and the use of a few solo instruments, such as harmonica, saxophone, and banjo to reflect the southern location of Conway, Arkansas, where 9/30/55 takes place.

Leonard Rosenman was born in Brooklyn, New York. After service in the Pacific with the United States Army Air Forces in World War II, he earned a bachelor's degree in music from the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied composition with Arnold Schoenberg, Roger Sessions and Luigi Dallapiccola.

Amongst Rosenman's earliest film work was the scores for James Dean movies East of Eden (1955) and Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Rosenman had lived together with Dean whom he gave piano lessons to and it was Dean who introduced him to the director Elia Kazan. Dean also lobbied George Stevens to let Rosenman score Giant, but Stevens preferred the more traditional Dimitri Tiomkin. [https://www.varesesarabande.com/]
 
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