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Name: KRITZERLAND
Number: KR200283

CENTENNIAL SUMMER (1000 EDITION) (CD)
Composed by: Alfred Newman, Jerome Kern

Sample Tracks
Name Number
Richmond Street 02
The Carrier Letter / The Stairway 04
Up With the Lark” / “Centennial” (reprise) / French Pavilion 08
The Clock 09
In Love in Vain 11
In Pavilion 16
Cinderella Sue 24
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In 1944, Meet Me in St. Louis captivated moviegoers the world over. The unbridled nostalgia for a simpler time was very appealing in the turbulent war years. Two years later, Twentieth Century-Fox made its own film to appeal to that same audience – Centennial Summer. With an excellent screenplay by Michael Kanin and elegant and stylish direction by Otto Preminger, Centennial Summer takes a colorful, fun and even touching look at the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition and one family’s trials and tribulations and follies and foibles. Like Meet Me in St. Louis, Centennial Summer was a love letter to a bygone era and like Meet Me in St. Louis, Centennial Summer was a musical, with some wonderful musical numbers by the brilliant composer Jerome Kern and lyricists Leo Robin, Oscar Hammerstein and E.Y. Harburg.

Centennial Summer was Jerome Kern’s final score – he died in November of 1945 at sixty years of age, a great loss to the world of musical theatre and film. In Centennial Summer, Kern’s music could not have been in better hands than that of Fox’s music director extraordinaire Alfred Newman, who also adapted Kern’s tunes and created the beautiful underscore for the film. The songs are charmers and several went on to become staples of the Great American Songbook – “Up with the Lark,” “All Through the Day” and “In Love in Vain.” There is also a magical specialty number called “Cinderella Sue” performed by Avon Long that is one of the highlights of the movie. And Alfred Newman’s underscore for the film is classic Newman. The film received two Academy Award nominations, one for Best Song and one for Best Score.

This is the official world premiere release of the complete Centennial Summer, transferred from the 1/4” archival elements in the Twentieth Century-Fox vaults and lovingly restored by Mike Matessino. It just doesn’t get better than Jerome Kern, Leo Robin, Oscar Hammerstein, E.Y. Harburg and, of course, Alfred Newman. It is a thrill to bring this under-appreciated musical to CD and we hope you enjoy this delightful, tuneful and beautiful score, sounding incredible over sixty years later. - KRITZERLAND

1. Main Title - Centennial / Long Live Our Free America
2. Richmond Street
3. Railroad Song
4. The Carrier Letter / The Stairway
5. The Right Romance
6. Train Station
7. Two Dachschunds
8. Up With the Lark / Centennial (reprise) / French Pavilion
9. The Clock
10. All Through the Day (instrumental)
11. In Love in Vain
12. Café
13. All Through the Day
14. All Through the Day (waltz)
15. Photographs
16. In Pavilion
17. Ballroom Fanfare
18. Square Dance
19. Waltz L’Amour
20. Sur Le Balcon / La Tentateur / Solitaire
21. Up With the Lark (waltz)
22. In Love in Vain (waltz)
23. The Right Romance (reprise)
24. Cinderella Sue
25. Jesse and Phillipe
26. Up With the Lark / All Through the Day (reprise)
27. Up With the Lark (instrumental)
28. End Title

BONUS TRACKS
29. In Pavilion (alternate)
30. In Love in Vain (alternate waltz)
31. Up With the Lark (alternate instrumental)

Music by Jerome Kern • Lyrics by Leo Robin
All Through the Day Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Cinderella Sue Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg

  
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