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Carl Stalling Project: Music from Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936-1958
     

The Carl Stalling Project: Music from Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936-1958

by Carl Stalling
 
Listeners will be familiar with the archival recordings contained on this beautifully packaged CD even if they have never heard of the composer. Carl Stalling was the genius principally responsible for the manic music behind the great Warner Bros. cartoons of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. While Stalling's scores -- with their quotations of popular period music, folk tunes,

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Listeners will be familiar with the archival recordings contained on this beautifully packaged CD even if they have never heard of the composer. Carl Stalling was the genius principally responsible for the manic music behind the great Warner Bros. cartoons of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. While Stalling's scores -- with their quotations of popular period music, folk tunes, and classical pieces -- went unheralded at the time, the composer has achieved a cult stardom due to this recording, and its equally splendid second volume. Fans of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the Road Runner cartoons will instantly recognize familiar themes and motifs in this lengthy and varied album, which includes plenty of background information on Stalling's methods and legacy.

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
The first volume in The Carl Stalling Project series is a revelation; more than just an essential part of a Warner Bros. staff that generated some of the finest and most inspired productions in the history of animation, Stalling was a visionary whose work deserves consideration among the finest American avant-garde music ever recorded. As these 15 selections from WB cartoons dating between 1936 and 1958 attest, his cut and paste style -- a singular collision between jazz, classical, pop, and virtually everything else in between -- was unprecedented in its utter disregard for notions of time, rhythm, and compositional development; Stalling didn't just break the rules, he made them irrelevant. That in the process he created music beloved by succeeding generations of children is more impressive still -- perhaps even unwittingly, Stalling introduced the avant-garde into the mainstream, and as popular music continues to diversify and hybridize, his stature as a pioneer rightfully continues to grow.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/1990
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075992602723
catalogNumber:
26027
Rank:
48202

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