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Bronislau Kaper

Bronislaw or Bronislav Kaper

Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Music Director, Pianist

(1902 - 1983)

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Bronislau Kaper was a musical prodigy who studied law and music in his native Poland before moving to Berlin to pursue music. He composed for German films, but as anti-Semitism increased he moved to Paris in 1933. There he was discovered by Louis B. Mayer who signed him to MGM.

From 1936 to 1940 he wrote songs for films: “Tomorrow Is Another Day,” “Cosi Cosa,” and “All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm” (now considered politically incorrect) for the Marx Brothers’ A Day at the Races (1937). By 1940 he was assigned complete scores. During a career that spanned over 30 years in Hollywood he scored an incredible variety of films from Gaslight (1944), a suspense drama, to Them! (1954), a horror film about giant ants, to Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), a boxing film. With Herbert Stothart he served as music director for the operetta, The Chocolate Soldier (1941), which featured his song, “While My Lady Sleeps” with Gus Khan’s lyrics.

In 1947 Kaper’s score for Green Dolphin Street produced a jazz classic, “On Green Dolphin Street.” He won an Oscar for Lili (1953), which contained the song “Hi-Lili Hi-Lo,” and was nominated in 1962 for the Mutiny on the Bounty score and its love song, “Follow Me” with Paul Francis Webster’s lyrics. Mutiny... did win a Golden Globe for best score as did A Life of Her Own (1950). With Webster, Kaper also wrote the haunting “Invitation” (1952), which would become an oft-recorded jazz standard.

Milestones for Kaper in 1958 include the “Overture” for Auntie Mame and the score for The Brothers Karamazov, where his intimate knowledge of Russian ethnic music added to the score’s authenticity. But large-scale scores such as Lord Jim’s (1965) were losing favor, so Kaper produced his last one in 1967 for The Way West.

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On Green Dolphin Street

Bill Evans



On Green Dolphin Street

Miles Davis & John Coltrane



On Green Dolphin Street

Archie Shepp


On Green Dolphin Street

Archie Shepp



Invitation

Kenny Barron



Invitation

Joe Sample



Invitation

Jaco Pastorius



Bronislaw Kaper Plays His Famous Film Themes

Bronislaw Kaper



The Naked Spur: Classic Western Scores From MGM

Bronislau Kaper/ Daniele Amfitheatrof/Jeff Alexander



Green Mansions [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Bronislau Kaper



Mutiny on the Bounty [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Bronislau Kaper



The Glass Slipper

Bronislau Kaper



The Brothers Karamazov [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Bronislau Kaper



The Swan [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Bronislau Kaper
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Bronislau Kaper

Invitation: A Composition for Piano

Robbins Music Corporation / Loew's Inc


Bronislau Kaper (music) Helen Delitsch (words)

Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo (Sheet Music)

Robbins Music Corp


lyrics by Paul Francis Webster / arr. Eric Richards Music by Bronislau Kaper

Invitation - Jazz Ensemble

Alfred Publishing - Music by Bronislau Kaper, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster / arr. Eric Richards - Invitation - Conductor Score - 32 Pages - - Latin - - 4 (Medium Advanced / Difficult) - Conductor Score - Jazz Ensemble


lyrics by Ned Washington / arr. Frank Mantooth Music by Bronislau Kaper

On Green Dolphin Street - Jazz Ensemble

Alfred Publishing - Music by Bronislau Kaper, lyrics by Ned Washington / arr. Frank Mantooth - On Green Dolphin Street - Conductor Score & Parts - 128 Pages - - - - 3 (Medium) - - Jazz Ensemble


Marx Brothers, Allan Jones, Maureen O'Sullivan, Margaret Dumont, Leonard Ceeley, Douglass Dumbrille, Esther Muir, Sig Ruman, Robert Middlemass, Vivien Fay, Ivie Anderson

A Day at the Races

Warner Home Video

DVD


Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman

Gaslight (1944)

DVD


Judy Garland, Michael Feinstein, Rise Stevens, Herbert Stothart, Bronislau Kaper, Busby Berkeley, Frank Whitbeck

The Great American Songbook

Warner Home Video

DVD


Marlon Brando

Mutiny on the Bounty (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Warner Home Video

DVD


James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness, Onslow Stevens

Them!

Warner Home Video

DVD


Somebody Up There Likes Me

DVD


Joanna Barnes, Henry Brandon, Coral Browne, Brook Byron, Peggy Cass

Auntie Mame

Warner Home Video

DVD


Peter O'Toole, James Mason, Curd Jürgens, Eli Wallach, Jack Hawkins

Lord Jim

Sony Pictures

DVD


Nelson Eddy, Rise Stevens, Nigel Bruce

The Chocolate Soldier (1941)

VHS


Lana Turner, Van Heflin

Green Dolphin Street (1947)

VHS


Lana Turner, Ray Milland, Tom Ewell

A Life of Her Own (1950)

VHS


Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer

Lili (1953)

VHS


Yul Brynner, Maria Schell, Claire Bloom, Lee J. Cobb

The Brothers Karamazov (1958)

VHS


Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Richard Widmark, Lola Albright, Sally Field

The Way West

MGM (Video & DVD)

VHS

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