Mary and I are watching “The Heiress”, a a delightful movie from 1949 Starring Olivia De Haviland and Montgomery Clift. I’m relishing the music score.The love theme sounds remarkably like the Presley standard “I Can’t Help Falling In Love”, and for good reason – the popular song was adapted from the movie theme.
The renowned American composer Aaron Copland orchestrated the movie; sadly it was never separately released, though Copland won the Oscar that year for best movie soundtrack. It was the same year he composed the soundtrack for the movie version of Steinbeck’s “The Red Pony.”
The film’s director, William Wyler, replaced portions of the soundtrack after the fact, to Copland’s great displeasure, a factor that probably led him to be largely done with Hollywood and music for film.
There was no wedding music, as there was no wedding in the movie, to our loss – it would have been interesting to see what Copland might have come up with, though there were some interesting dance numbers – mazurka, a waltz, and some already composed pieces that Copland employed.