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Published on Aug 18, 2006
Part 3 starts out with one of MGM's all-time greatest musicals - 7 Brides for 7 Brothers. Not only did Courage orchestrate the original movie...but in 2001 he reorchestrated the famous Barnyard Dance for John Williams and the Boston Pops.
Next we see his work with Andre Previn - most notably My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn and a montage of some of the dozens of films he orchestrated for composer Jerry Goldsmith, including several Star Trek pictures, Disney's Mulan, Rudy and LA Confidential. Another of his long standing colaborators, Lionel Newman, rounds out the section with 2 academy award nominations and scenes from The Pleasure Seekers and Dr. Doolittle. Barbara Streisand who frequently used Courage orchestrations, brings it home with "Before the Parade Passes By" from Hello Dolly to a montage of great colaborators and classic movie moments.
Best known as the composer of the Theme from Star Trek, Alexander Courage worked for over 5 decades in Hollywood as a composer, orchestrator, arranger and conductor for classic films from Some Like it Hot through The Mummy. He helped create the classic sound of the MGM Musical and contributed to the very best of the genre. The Malibu Celebration of Film awarded him their first annual award, named in his honor in 2005. John Williams hosts this tribute documentary which I had the great pleasure to put together... I hope you like it.