Mauceri Editions, Premieres, and Arrangements
Mr. Mauceri has created an important series of restorations and arrangements of classic film scores for concert performance. These include music by Alex North (Cleopatra Symphony), Franz Waxman (Sunset Blvd. - Sonata for Orchestra), Erich Wolfgang Korngold (Between Two Worlds - Judgment Day), Nino Rota (The Godfather - a Symphonic Portrait), Jerry Goldsmith (Star Trek: the Motion Picture - The New Enterprise), and Branislau Kaper (Mutiny on the Bounty - Movements for Orchestra). In 1999 he edited and gave the world premiere concert performance of Bernard Herrmann's Psycho - a Narrative for String Orchestra composed in 1968 but never published. In 2002, Mauceri suggested the creation of a symphony based on the as-yet-to-be-completed score to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Working as editor and artistic advisor to composer Howard Shore, The Lord of the Rings Symphony has been called the most successful new orchestral work in history. Within its first year alone, it was heard by over 250,000 people in sold out concerts and continues to be performed throughout the world more than a decade later.
John Mauceri has premiered music written in Hollywood in many corners of the world - from Rio de Janeiro to Osaka, from Vienna and Tel Aviv, and back to Los Angeles itself. In recognition of his outstanding contributions in restoring and performing music for film he was given a special award by the Society for the Preservation of Film Music in August of 1995.
Mr. Mauceri was honored to have conducted the music of Miklos Rozsa, at the invitation of the Rozsa family, for the composer's interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery. A performance of the music of Jerry Goldsmith, telephoned to the ailing Goldsmith at home, proved to be the last time he heard his music played. In November of 2007, Mr. Mauceri created a symphonic portrait from The Adventures of Robin Hood to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's death. It was played at Vienna's Konzerthaus to a sold out house that included the composer's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In championing many unpublished and forgotten works, Mr. Mauceri has led numerous country premieres: the first performances in Portugal of Street Scene and Candide; the French premiere of Verdi's i due Foscari; the Italian premiere of Street Scene and Sibelius' Symphony No. 4, as well as the world premiere of the restored Kurt Weill biblical pageant, Der Weg der Verheissung (The Eternal Road), which he conducted in Germany, Israel, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, celebrating the composer's centenary in 2000. His 1994 performing edition of Erwin Schulhoff's opera, Flammen, was broadcast from the stage of Berlin's Philharmonic Hall upon completion of its audio recording. In addition, Mauceri's performing editions of classic film scores constitute hundreds of hours of world premiere concert performances, broadcasts, and recordings.
His concerts typically brought never performed music to each city. He conducted the Swiss premiere of the Korngold Symphony in F# in Lugano and conducted the Boston Symphony premieres of Weill's Die Sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins) and the Korngold Symphony as well as the New York Philharmonic premiere of Korngold's Symphonic Serenade, along with the first performance of Rozsa's Theme, Variations and Finale since Leonard Bernstein's debut in 1943.
Probably his most significant operatic restoration is his performing edition of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, which makes use of the original performance materials housed at Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and represents the composer's final thoughts on his opera. This version, which had not been heard in seventy years, was recorded in February of 2006 by Mr. Mauceri and the Nashville Symphony on the Decca label, and garnered Mr. Mauceri's second Diapason D'or, the most prestigious recording award in France.