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14-Nov-2002 - At first Elmer Bernstein was asked by director Martin Scorcese to write the score for Gangs Of New York. The score was recorded and until the final mix everything seemed to be okay. Till Martin Scorcese decided that he did not want to use Bernstein's score and asked Howard Score to write 30 minutes of new music. The Belgian composer Dirk Brossé was contracted to conduct the score in London in the famous Abbey Road Studio's in London with the London Symphonic Orchestra. A couple of hours before Brossé was supposed to fly to London, he received a phone call that the recording was canceled. Why? Nobody knows, including Dirk Brossé.
The LA Times wrote this:
“Elmer Bernstein (the Oscar-winning composer of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) wrote and recorded an entire score. The Bernstein-Scorsese relationship dates to 1990, when the composer scored the Scorsese-produced THE GRIFTERS. He went on to adapt Bernard Herrmann's original CAPE FEAR score for Scorsese's 1991 remake and write (sweeping) original music for the director's 1993 THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (which earned him an Oscar nomination) and 1999's BRINGING OUT THE DEAD.
Bernstein said that he worked with Scorsese over a period of several months late last year and earlier this year prior to recording the music in London. Afterward, Scorsese became "uncommunicative" until Bernstein received a letter "in which he basically said that he had decided he would do this as a typical Scorsese score, meaning bits and pieces that he puts together, as he did in GOODFELLAS and CASINO."
Miramax officials confirmed that there is no longer any Bernstein music in the film. Howard Shore (who worked on Scorsese's AFTER HOURS and recently won an Oscar for THE LORD OF THE RINGS) has contributed music based on a previously unheard concert work, "Brooklyn Heights."
Scorsese has also borrowed music from a recent album by Peter Gabriel (who scored the director's LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST) and rock group U2 has written "The Hands That Built America."