Miklós Rózsa produced over three hours of music for the score to Ben-Hur. Two-and-a-half hours of it were used in total, making it the longest score ever composed for a motion picture.
Miklós Rózsa, MGM's go-to guy for most of their most epic productions (he also scored the likes of Julius Caesar, Knights of the Round Table and Ivanhoe), produced a score that suited the grand scale of William Wyler's 1959 cinematic vision. This meant directing a 100-piece MGM Symphony Orchestra, across 12 recording sessions (which stretched over 72 hours). Fortunately Rozsa was awarded an Academy Award for his efforts, and it remains the composer's finest work. It is also credited with influencing one John Williams, who brought back the tradition of grand symphonic film music in the 1970s.
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