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Keeper of the City
(1991)
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Composed and Conducted by:
Leonard Rosenman

Orchestrated by:
Jack Hayes

Produced by:
James Flamberg
Frank Wolf
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(November 24th, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release. Out of print but available on the used market for rock bottom prices.
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Buy it... only if you have seen the film and appreciated the underscore.

Avoid it... if you are only a casual Leonard Rosenman collector and are not overly impressed by his rather tepid suspense writing.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,388
WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 4/9/06
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Keeper of the City: (Leonard Rosenman) Among the plethora of early made-for-cable films that suffered a horrible death was Keeper of the City, a tale of murder investigations involving high crime in modern-day Chicago. Louis Gossett Jr. is detective James Dela, hot on the trail of Anthony LaPaglia, who plays a character insane due to religion and dozens of other equally troublesome circumstances, and who is killing off mob bosses because he can't stand his own father's mafia-connected past. A rather mundane screenplay by Gerald Di Pego (based on his own novel) is lackadaisically directed by Bobby Roth, with untenable subplots and leaps in logic hindering an already over-shot scenario. Lost in the process is a pretty decent cast, and the 1991 film, despite theatrical releases in a few countries, has since disappeared completely from the face of the planet. Composer Leonard Rosenman had been scoring television films and series since the 1950's, with the bulk of his work in that venue appearing throughout the 1970's. Nominated for four Academy Awards, Rosenman took home Oscars for his song scores for Barry Lyndon and Bound for Glory in the mid-1970's, though he is better known for his dramatic underscore nominations for Cross Creek and Star Trek IV in the 1980's. While he has continued to score films into the 2000's, Rosenman's production in the 1990's was substantially restrained, with RoboCop 2 his only large-scale project. Among these last few obscure projects was Keeper of the City, a score that doesn't really provide much new inspiration in Rosenman's career. Written for a moderate orchestra, the score focuses on two central themes: first the symphonic title theme for the detective, and then the dissonant motif that mirrors the psychotic mind of the killer. The first theme is the only highlight of the score, while the second theme ruins the rest of it.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 32:50
• 1. Church (3:58)
• 2. The Keeper (1:41)
• 3. Cityscape (1:13)
• 4. Closet Shrine (4:28)
• 5. Reflections (0:56)
• 6. Donetti Dies (0:54)
• 7. Vince and Scotty (2:12)
• 8. Freeway Killing (3:59)
• 9. Kidnapping (1:27)
• 10. Vince and Dela (0:59)
• 11. Frank Walks (2:53)
• 12. Closeted (3:24)
• 13. Endwrap (4:07)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes the following note from Rosenman:

    "This score consists of two themes that are developed through out the film. The first theme, at first stated by the full orchestra under the main title, has two functions. One is to give the stylistic ambiance of the big city and the other is to support and give another dimension to the main character, the detective, Dela. Thus Dela, as characterized musically, is both a noble and lonely product of the big city.

    The second theme, using four female voices singing in latin is the musical idea that surrounds the character Vince. I have found that the easiest thing to do in films is to write "crazy" music. Generally this usually dissonant practice is a form of naturalism that doesn't add anything to what one already sees and hears on the screen.

    In this case I wanted to echo musically the functioning of Vince's mind, as well as to musically establish and develop the religious motivation of his insanity. Such a practice ends up in establishing a larger dimension of understanding for the character on the screen. Moreover, it is the constant development and variation of the musical material that constitutes any successful overview of a filmic musical score."
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