On The Waterfront/Bernstein
March 23, 2006
I must admit to having very little or no experience with this score other than having watched the film a long time ago. Recently I was asked to evaluate a new (2) CD set from Silva of Marlon Brando Films. One of the selections was the 20 minute suite of music from this interesting score. Note: There is no official release of the soundtrack. As I listened to the beginning of the suite something was very familiar to me. I didn’t know what it was but I knew I had heard that theme before, I just couldn’t remember where. After three more listens the light bulb went on and I realized it was the same theme from LA Confidential! No credit was ever given to Leonard Bernstein on the OST of LA Confidential at least if it was I completely missed it. Since the work is not in public domain I ponder what was going on. Having talked to several people about this there has only been one person who has also picked up on this. And believe me it is not similiar. The first several notes are exactly the same. Eventually both works go off in different directions. It would be interesting to hear the whole story sometime.