SOS Titanic Soundtrack


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Hello all!

I was digging though my various Titanic cd's and had a very good time listening to my favourite ragtime tunes. One of my favourites is "Elite Syncopations" by Joplin. I am a huge fan of S.O.S. Titanic, the 1970's movie starring David Janssen and Susan St.James. I was wondering if there is a soundtrack available to that film, or if someone can tell me the names of the tunes used in the film. I know that Elite Syncopations was used in the scene where the First Class Passengers assemble on the Grande Staircase during the initial evacuation. Can anyone identify the other songs used within the film -- such as the sorrowful tune played when Martin Gallagher and Dan Marvin bid farewell to their loved ones. I'd appreciate any help that anyone can pass along.

Thanks!

Jason
 
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Jason- my favorite from that film is the Scott Joplin "Bethena"- it is played a lot when Martin and the gorgeous 3rd class Irish beauty are together. It is a ragtime waltz-absolutely haunting. Part of it is happy-the music for it is easy to find in any Joplin anthology- I like the wistful part. I have the sheet music and can play the easier bits on my piano- it is a long piece-this is the song you mention above.Wish I could say I have seen a CD from the movie-
 
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Thanks Shelley!

I visited the site and fell in love with that Joplin song! I believe that when Martin Gallagher and Dan Marvin are saying farwell, it is a slowed down version of "Bethena". I am going to pop over to a local music store and see if they have any Joplin collections on hand. I think I'd enjoy his music. I wish there was a S.O.S. Titanic soundtrack, it would be on my "heavy rotation" list for sure!

Thanks for your insight Shelley!

Jason
 
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Jason- it has been posted several times here under different threads, but if you missed it- and there is SO much here that archives overnight, that it is easy to do- go to
http://www.melodylane.net/whitestar.html
to find 3 versions of Nearer My God to Thee
and all the other hits like SOnge d/Automne and Barcarolle-3rd class tunes are listed separately-have fun! I like to sing along to Come Josephine in my Flying Machine..
 
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I've retured with another query regarding Joplin's "Bethena". I've searched for this song on the Internet and the only versions I've been able to find are featuring piano only. I'm hunting for a version of the song that has string components (violin, cello) in it as well. Something along the lines of I Soloniski's version of "Elite Syncopations" from their "And the Band Played On" disc.

Can anyone help me out and give me a name of someone who may have covered this tune with something more than a piano.

As always, all help is much appreciated!

Jason
 

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Anyone know the tune where JJ Astor tells Madeline that he is too old to be cavorting about the dance floor and Mary Marvin says she''d like to go sailing and dancing forever and ever?
 
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For those who would like the music from film go to www.kazaa.com/, the music is free albeit a little download time but it has it all. I have Bethena and Elite Syncopation downloaded and they sound like just from the movie except only piano but they sound great. Hope this helps in anyway. Joshua Andersen
 

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The DVD release of the butchered version of the film indicated an isolated music/effects track but I've yet to check this out.

SOS Titanic's main title music set to the vintage film and narration is quite effective.
 
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I was just wondering what some of the peices of music in this fim where.such as the upbeat song sung by the fella playing walace hartley(which first class passengers are dancing to.also the sad paice played by the band as the collapsible lifeboat is washed off the deck near the end of the sinking(just befor the piano rolls down the deck)also the first peice played just after the collision befor they start lowering the lifeboats.thanx.
 
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In S.O.S TITANIC ...When Countess of Rothes enter the dining saloon (covering her face) and we see Molly, JJ Astor and Madeleine talking ...does anyone know the name of that tune that is playing???????????
please tell me!!!
 
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Good evening. I recently was informed that the name of the waltz that Martin Gallagher and "The Irish Beauty" danced to was called, "The Connemara Waltz".

Does anyone have any suggestions on where I could find a recording of it (not on the accordion), or find the sheet music? Thanks in advance!
 
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Being a tremendous fan of Scott Joplin music, I thought I would pop my own two cents in. Joplin originally wrote his music for piano solo. Some of his pieces were orchestrated for bands / full orchestras over the years. I can play Bethena on the piano -- that was the first piano piece I ever learned.

As for recordings of the waltz: I know that there was a release in the late 70's with Joshua Rifkin, which included Bethena. There is also a five-disc set of all of Joplin's music, played by John Arpin, which is available. Both versions stick very close to the sheet music, but the Arpin version is a bit slower. I do not know of any band / orchestral recordings of Bethena.

On slightly different subject: who here would pick up a copy of such a soundtrack, especially if it contained some of the major themes from the film and a selection of the period pieces?
 
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- Kosta: The song the Band plays, just before the piano rolls, is the Episcopal hymn "Autumn", which is the exact song, that they play in both Walter Lord's "A Night To Remember" (the book), and in "A Night To Remember" (1958) (TV). ;)
 
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Actually, I just recently discovered that the piece the band plays right before the ship takes her final plunge (in the movie) is:

"Rock of Ages"
Music by Thomas Hastings
Lyrics by Agustus Montague Toplady

I checked it out, found a midi of the tune online, and it matches what they were playing in the film.

I've managed to identify a number of period pieces that were used in the film:

"The Irish Emigrant" -- Sung by the tenor in the Third Class General Room. Interestingly, in the TITANIC book released about ten years ago in conjunction with The Discovery Channel and RMST, they showed an artifact recovered from the wreck: an actual card with the lyrics to that particular song. In 1979, who knew that one day a reference to that same song would be picked up from the as-yet undiscovered wreck? Very interesting coincidence. I've ordered a copy of Irish tenor John McCormack singing this piece to add to my own collection.

"The Connemara Waltz" -- played when Martin Gallagher and "The Irish Beauty" have their dance. Also heard (faintly) when the tender "America" pulls up alongside the "Titanic" and "The Irish Beauty" is first spotted by Lawrence Beesley. Any leads on this (recordings or piano sheet music) would be highly appreciated.

"The Irish Washerwoman" -- played during the rat chase scene in the longer version seen only in the U.S. Available on numerous CD's.

"The Father O'Flynn Jig" -- played on the tender at Queenstown. Also available on CD.

"Elite Syncopations" (Scott Joplin) -- played in the First Class Entrance by the band during the sinking.

"Bethena" (Scott Joplin) -- played by the band during the sinking as John Jacob Astor walks his wife out on the deck, and as Henry Harris bids farewell to his wife at the lifeboat.

"I'm Falling in Love With Someone" -- by Victor Herbert. The last waltz that the Astors and others enjoy in the Cafe Parisian.

"Eternal Father, Strong to Save" -- sung at the Sunday service. This piece also has numerous names.

There's also a glimpse of "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow," when Mrs. Harris enters the Dining Saloon after breaking her arm, preceded by a Strauss piece which I have a recording of, but need to match up the name to. I also don't currently have the name of the piece mentioned earlier on this thread when the Countess enters the Dining Saloon, but I may be able to find that in short order. I hope this listing helps some out!
 
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"And another beyond that!"
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"Turn Off Your Light, Mr. Moon Man," from the 1911 Broadway musical "Little Miss Fix-It." It was originally sung by Nora Bayes & Jack Norworth. She was a singer, and he was her husband, who also happened to be a songwriter. They also did some work with "The Zeigfield Follies, and "Shine On, Harvest Moon," which is available on the "Titanic: Music As Heard on the Fateful Voyage" disc. She also was the first to record the famous World War One piece "Over There."

More information on her can be found here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nora_Bayes

Further info on this piece, and lyrics:

TURN OFF YOUR LIGHT, MR. MOON-MAN
From the Broadway Musical "Little Miss Fix-It" (1911)
(Fred Barnes / R. P. Weston)

Nora Bayes & Jack Norworth (Broadway Production) - 1911


JACK:
When the Moon is shining yellow
And a girl is with her fellow
Both are getting nice and mellow
It's a surprise to find

If the Moon-Man should discover
Sweethearts meeting under cover
Can you blame that girl and lover
If they say "Turn off that light"

Turn off your light, Mr. Moon-Man
Go and hide your face behind the clouds
Can't you see that couples wanna spoon, Man
Two is company and three's a crowd

When each little lad and lady
Find a spot so nice and shady
That's your cue to say "Goodnight, Goodnight"
And if they wanna spoon
Listen Mr. Moon
Be a sport and turn off your light

NORA:
All the lads and little misses
Who are fond of hugs and kisses
Must remember half of bliss
Is found on any cloudy night

Nighttime is the time for spooning
Serenades and lovers crooning
Preliminary honeymooning
Calls for darkness, not for light

BOTH:
Turn off your light, Mr. Moon-Man
Go and hide your face behind the clouds
Can't you see that couples wanna spoon, Man
Two is company and three's a crowd

When each little lad and lady
Find a spot so nice and shady
That's your cue to say "Goodnight, Goodnight"
And if they wanna spoon
Listen Mr. Moon
Be a sport and turn off your light
 
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Another one I've known for years: "Isn't It Grand, Boys?" This is a traditional Irish piece, the sing-along in the General Room just before the rat chase.

This was recorded and made popular by The Clancy Brothers, but it's a very old piece, and some info I found said that it might even have been adapted from an old music hall song. Interestingly, it was also heard by the same source sung at some "Pirate Singers" at various Renaissance Festivals...
 

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