2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY
Music Composed and Conducted by JERRY GOLDSMITH
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 198
Composer David Raksin once said that a you're not a real film composer until you've had a score tossed out. Yet getting a score tossed out is rarely a commentary on the quality of the score. Such is the case with Jerry Goldsmith's 1998 score for 2 Days in the Valley. Faced with a film that featured multiple characters and storylines as well as competing tones, Goldsmith keyed in on two characters and wrote a score that was by turns melancholy, silky and suspenseful. His main theme is a mellow, bluesy tune for solo trumpet that recalled his distinctive themes for Chinatown and The Russia House. While Goldsmith scored most of the film as a straight drama and suspense tale, he singled out Danny Aiello’s character for a comic approach, writing an Italian-flavored tune (“Dosmo’s Theme”) for folk accordion and orchestra.
Ultimately, Goldsmith’s score was dropped from the film in favor of a blues/rock score by Anthony Marinelli. Listened to on its own, the music functions as a satisfyingly moody piece of modern noir. Bruce Botnick created this sequence for possible album treatment in 1996, switching the chronology of some tracks and combining others to create a more varied listening experience.
The story for 2 Days in the Valley follows icy cool killer Lee Woods (James Spader) and his Icelandic moll Helga Svelgen (Charlize Theron). They concoct a scheme to get Olympic skier Becky Foxx (Teri Hatcher) insurance money by murdering her philandering husband Roy (Peter Horton). The fall guy in the scheme is down-on-his-luck hit man Dosmo Pizzo (Danny Aiello), a buffoon with a wayward toupee and an inconvenient sense of honor and fair play.
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2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY (UNUSED SCORE)
Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume 198
Time = 46:58
World premiere release of unused Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack for quirky John Herzfeld crime thriller set in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, featuring dream-cast that includes Charlize Theron, James Spader, Teri Hatcher, Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Marsha Mason, Eric Stoltz, Paul Mazursky. Multiple characters, numerous twists, turns in murder tale inspire Goldsmith to anchor score with overall theme for warm trumpet over reflective strings in "Chinatown" vein, associated with lonely Teddy. From there, composer touches on broad Italian color for Dosmo, sinister suspense for shady Lee, throbbing rhythmic ostinatos for impending action. When all is said and done, warm trumpet theme returns to bring score to perfectly satisfying close. Neat highlight: surrounded by cold, sliding strings, score has inspired use of chimes to reflect Lee's use of stopwatch to give victims one minute before death. During post-production, Goldsmith's moody orchestral score was sadly dropped in favor of less-suspenseful, rock-oriented work by Anthony Marinelli. Goldsmith's unused score presented here direct from original two-track digital session mixes made by Bruce Botnick, courtesy of Paramount Pictures. Smoky booklet art design, informative notes by Jeff Bond complete handsome package. Jerry Goldsmith conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!
01. Theme From "2 Days In The Valley" 2:29
02. The Arrival/Questions 2:53
03. Lee's Death 0:22
04. Dosmo's Theme 1:50
05. One Last Walk 0:55
06. 1982 Emmy Award 0:43
07. Roy's Minute/Helga's Minute 5:10
08. Teddy's Bad Reviews 1:01
09. Hello Dosmo 0:50
10. Becky And Helga 1:14
11. Dosmo And Mark 0:38
12. The Cemetery/Rapini 5:35
13. Becky Warms Up 0:57
14. Lights Out 1:56
15. We Are The Police/Alvin's Badge 3:40
16. Cigarette Pack/Valley Cops Killed 3:27
17. Hostage Negotiating 0:43
18. Hotel Room/Street Convergence/Teddy's Redemption/Becky Reaches For The Gold 6:42
19. Teddy And Audrey 2:47
20. Toupee Or Not Toupee/End Credits 3:07