Combining for the first time a keyboard (ivory touchpieces), metal reeds and the musician’s breathing (a sort of cross between a harmonica and concertina), it’s considered an ancestor of the melodica, which manufacturer Hohner popularized in the 1950s.
It runs 1375 performances, winning the 1958 Tony Award for Best Musical. The cast album (released Jan. 20, 1958) spends 245 weeks on the Billboard charts and in 1959 wins the first Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album. In 1998 the album wins the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
In 1962 Willson follows up with The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
The soundtrack consists of classical music and Moog synthesizer music composed by Walter Carlos. Carlos separately releases Walter Carlos’ Clockwork Orange, with music that Kubrick omitted – including a full-length version of Timesteps. ▷Carlos liner-notes ▹