Last Friday, Waxwork Records re-released the film score to Roman Polanski’s 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby. Waxwork originally released the score back in 2014. However, that version has long been sold out and is a coveted item for collectors.
Composed by Polish composer, Krzysztof Komeda, the score to Rosemary’s Baby is one that truly echoes the path that Rosemary takes in the film. At times, incredibly beautiful and optimistic with swelling strings and a lilting dance-like cadence. The instantly recognizable main title theme encapsulates the early feelings that Rosemary has towards motherhood. Mia Farrow’s breathy, wordless melody that she sings over the opening and closing titles conveys the maternal, loving feelings she has in the beginning so perfectly. Yet even in that early song Komeda drops hints of what’s to come. Here’s a clip of that song to refresh your memory:
Things don’t continue on so well for Rosemary, and that’s where Komeda’s talent really shines. An accomplished jazz musician in his day, Komeda incorporates jazz instruments, style and techniques into the music that mirrors the evolution of Rosemary’s pregnancy. The lullaby theme reappears, yet never in quite the same way. While the lullaby is always the foundation, some screechy strings, chants, and dissonant chords help build the tension and unease. Komeda never shied away from making an impact, and it benefits the viewer that he didn’t. Komeda reflects Rosemary‘s spiral into confusion and obsession in the music. Piercing horns, dissonant chords, uneasy and layered rhythms punctuated by eerie and haunting piano notes truly help the viewer feel what Rosemary is going through.
A true gem in the world of horror soundtracks, this is a soundtrack any fan of the genre can appreciate. Waxwork has such a passion for what they do and it’s obvious in this release. Re-mastered from the original master tapes and cut at 45 rpm this time around, the intricacies and nuances of this score are more evident and beautiful than ever. The artwork, by artist Jay Shaw, is just as stunning as before. The 180 gram “ritual smoke” colored vinyl this version is pressed on is truly beautiful. Any way you look at it, this record is a gorgeous piece. If you hesitated the first time around, here’s your chance to rectify that. Visit Waxwork Records for more info.