The Heiress Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Heiress by Aaron Copland.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 90
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 13.6
Album Excellence: 54.4%
The Heiress is a 1949 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift & Ralph Richardson. It is based upon the 1947 play of the same name by Ruth and Augustus Goetz. Catherine (Olivia de Havilland), a young woman who stands to inherit her father’s large fortune, falls in love when she meets Morris (Montgomery Clift), who gives her the love and affection her father doesn’t, and which she desperately needs. Catherine’s father (Ralph Richardson), believing Morris is only after the money, tells Catherine she will be disinherited if she marries him. Morris’ true intentions are put to the test when he finds out about the amended will. The score is composed by Aaron Copland.
Ah, the old chestnut, love or money. It’s a timeless tale told many times, but few with more critic love than The Heiress. Sadly a movie I haven’t seen, but the score is here courtesy of Intrada Records. It is paired with another Copland gem, The Red Pony. Is it the first time ever on CD? Maybe. I think so. Can’t wait to hear it. The score opens with ‘Prelude (Original Version)’ a strong and bold opening theme with passionate love and power as it’s canvas. It’s a lovely theme as well, one that definitely should ring through the time, but this might be the first time people hear it, like myself. Just enjoy this classic opening theme because it’s a beauty.
Copland’s playful music continues with ‘The Cherry Red Dress’ and that’s music fit for a fanciful evening with dance and song. It’s the old classic sound and playfulness of it that seems like such a massive contrast to modern music. It’s literally never heard anymore, and I have to say I’m a bit sad that the sound quality isn’t better than it is. But to be fair, we’re lucky to be able to hear it at all without the dialogue of the movie. The archival sound might ruin the experience a bit, but the quality of Copland’s composing is there for anyone to hear. It’s another timeless classic released by Intrada who is such a dear friend to everyone who loves Golden Age scores like this. I have one wish and that’s for this score to be recreated with massive sound. How wonderful would that be? Ah well, until then, just forget about the sound quality and use your imagination to imagine what it must have sounded back in the day. Magnificent.
1. Prelude (Original Version)
2. The Cherry Red Dress
5. The Departure
6. Reunion With Morris
10. Five Years Later