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Watch: Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ with Original, Scrapped Score

Watch: Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' with Original, Scrapped Score

According to Open Culture, Stanley Kubrick commissioned a score from “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” composer Alex North, with whom he worked previously on his sword-and-sandals epic “Spartacus.”

But just as he would later do with Wendy Carlos’ eerie “The Shining” score, Kubrick dropped it, saying in a interview with Michael Ciment, “Although [North] and I went over the picture very carefully, and he listened to these temporary tracks and agreed that they worked fine and would serve as a guide to the musical objectives of each sequence he, nevertheless, wrote and recorded a score which could not have been more alien to the music we had listened to, and much more serious than that, a score which, in my opinion, was completely inadequate for the film.”

Thus, Kubrick went for a now-iconic soundtrack featuring Strauss, Ligeti, Khatchaturian and more that mixes avant-garde and classical chamber music. Apparently, North didn’t realize his score had been cut until the film’s New York premiere in 1968.

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