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Cyrano de Bergerac


One of Tiomkin’s lesser-known gems, the lively score for Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) helped earn José Ferrer a best actor Academy Award for his performance as the charismatic swordsman-poet with a large nasal protuberance: ‘Think of me … with this nose of mine that marches on before me by a quarter of an hour’. Cyrano was the last of four films scored by Tiomkin for producer Stanley Kramer, preceded by the contemporary dramas Champion (1949), Home of the Brave (1949) and The Men (1950), which introduced Marlon Brando to movie audiences. Cyrano allowed the Russian-born Tiomkin to create music faithful to 17th-century France. Following a martial fanfare, the main title’s stirring overture serves to introduce 60 minutes of music for the 113-minute film, using such instruments as a harpsichord, harps, ocarinas (an ancient flute-like instrument), xylophones, mandolins, battle drums and lutes.

from notes by Jim Brown © 2011


Tiomkin: The greatest film scores
Studio Master: LSO0720Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Extract: Overture

Track-specific metadata for LSO0720 track 1

Extract: Overture
Recording date
27 October 2011
Recording venue
Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
James Mallinson
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson
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  1. Tiomkin: The greatest film scores (LSO0720)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: August 2012
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