Magazine article The Tracker

El Cid, Miklós Rózsa

Magazine article The Tracker

El Cid, Miklós Rózsa

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El Cid, Miklós Rózsa, Philipp Pelster, organist, Antes Edition, BM319296. I've heard it said that theater organ music for silent films is at its finest when you forget the organ is playing and become totally wrapped up in the movie. The same must be true for most film music with modern sound tracks playing music performed by a symphony orchestra. Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995) was a highly regarded film composer and one of his scores was for the epic movie El Cid, starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren. He was also a prolific composer of concert music such as his Violin Concerto, Op. 24, composed in 195354 for Jascha Heifetz.

Philipp Pelster became fascinated with Rózsa when, researching his doctoral thesis on the Austrian-German composer Hermann Grabner, he discovered Rózsa was Grabner's prize student. This led Pelster to transcribe the original film score for organ. …

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