Complete original handwritten musical manuscript for the score for the 1971 Paramount film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory by noted film composer Walter Scharf, 152 pages, spiral-bound to an overall size of 13.25 x 16.25, with the cover stamped, "'Willy Wonka,' music by Walter Scharf." The first page has been signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint by Scharf to director Mel Stuart, "Thanks Mel—very much. It was a ball, Walter." The score is accomplished in pencil, with corrections and revisions in colored pencil and ink, on the composer's personally monogrammed musically-lined paper. Scored for flutes, clarinets, oboe, bassoons, horns, trumpets, trombones, percussion, harp, guitar, violins, violas, cello, basses and voice, it includes the seven-page "Overture" as well as the tunes "Candy Man," "Charlie's Paper Run," "Buying Candy Montage," "Augustus Meets Slugworth," "Working Girl Finds Golden Ticket," "Oompa Loompa," "Bubble Machine," "I Want It Now," and others. In fine condition.
A renowned American composer, Walter Scharf (1910-2003) arranged music for Al Jolson, Alice Faye, and Bing Crosby, and orchestrated the original version of Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas.' A ten-time Oscar nominee, Scharf worked on over 100 films and won a Golden Globe for his original music for Ben in 1972. His score for Willy Wonka was nominated for the Oscar for Best Music, but lost to John Williams's Fiddler on the Roof.
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