1979 Walter Murphy – Discosymphony

Walter Anthony Murphy, Jr. (born December 19, 1952) is an American composer, arranger, pianist, musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for the instrumental “A Fifth of Beethoven”, a disco adaptation of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony which topped the charts in 1976 and was featured on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Further classical–disco fusions followed, such as “Flight ’76”, “Rhapsody in Blue”, “Toccata and Funk in ‘D’ Minor”, “Bolero”, and “Mostly Mozart”, but were not as successful.

In a career spanning nearly five decades, Walter Murphy has written music for numerous films and TV shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Savage Bees, Stingray, Wiseguy, The Commish, Profit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Looney Tunes, and How Murray Saved Christmas. He has had a long-running partnership with Seth MacFarlane, composing music for his films and TV shows such as Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, American Dad!, Ted, and Ted 2.


1  Mostly Mozart (Walter Murphy) 5:14
2  Malaguena (Ernesto Lecuona) 6:49
3  Classical Dancin\’ (Walter Murphy) 7:17
4  Bolero (Ravel) 5:16
5  Romeo & Juliet (Walter Murphy) 6:56
6  Afternoon Of A Faun (Debussy) 8:04



1 Mostly Mozart

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarMitch Holder
Acoustic GuitarTim May

2 Malaguena

BassScott Edwards
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarTim May
Acoustic GuitarTommy Tedesco

3 Classical Dancin\’

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsBobby May
GuitarMitch Holder
SaxPete Christlieb

4 Bolero

BassScott Edwards
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarTim May
Acoustic GuitarTommy Tedesco

5 Romeo & Juliet

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarMitch Holder
Acoustic GuitarTim May

6 Afternoon Of A Faun

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarMitch Holder
Acoustic GuitarTim May

Other Musicians

KeyboardsWalter Murphy
HarpGayle Levant
ClarinetDominick Fera
FluteRonnie Lang
French HornVince DeRosa
French HornArthur Maebe
French HornRichard Perissi
French HornRichard Klein
OboeArnold Koblentz
SaxPete Christlieb
TromboneLew McCreary
TromboneDick Hyde
TromboneTommy Shepard
TromboneDick Nash
TromboneLloyd Ulyate
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetSteve Madaio
TrumpetPaul Salvo
TrumpetWilliam Peterson
TrumpetMalcolm McNab
TrumpetAllen Vizzutti
TubaTommy Johnson
WoodwindsNorman Herzberg
WoodwindsBob Tricarico
WoodwindsGene Cipriano
WoodwindsSheridon Stokes
WoodwindsJack Marsh
WoodwindsJulian Spear
WoodwindsJoe Soldo
WoodwindsRon Jannelli
WoodwindsJoe Roccisano
WoodwindsDon Menza
PercussionGreg Westhoff
PercussionLarry Bunker
PercussionFrank Capp


Cello – Barbara Badgley, Edgar Lustgarten, Frederick Seykora, Harry Shlutz, Marie Fera, Mary Louise Zeyen, Paul Bergstrom, Raphael Kramer, Ray Kelly
Double Bass – Arni Egilsson, Jim Hughart, Jimmy Bond, Peter Mercurio
Viola – Alan DeVeritch, Allan Harshman, Daniel Stockhammer, David Schwartz, Jan Hlinka, Louis Kievman, Mark Kovacs, Pamela Goldsmith, Robert Ostrowsky
Violin – Bernard Kundell, Bill Hybel, David Frisina, Henry Ferber, Irving Geller, Judith Talvi, Karen Jones, Mari Tsumura, Marshall Sosson, Miwako Watanabe, Nathan Ross, Norma Leonard, Reginald Hill, Robert Konrad, Robert Sushel, Ronald Folsom, Sheldon Sanov, Spiro Stamos, Stanley Plummer, Tibor Zelig, William Hymanson
Violin – Gerarld Vinci


Liner Notes

Producer – Jim Burgess, Walter Murphy
Co-producer, Contractor – Frank Capp
Mixed By – Andy Abrams, Gerry Block, Jim Burgess
Recorded By (Group IV Recording) – Dennis Hunt
Recorded By (United / Western Studios) – Rich Schmitt

Art Direction – Dick Smith
Artwork – Paul Plumadore
Photography By – Nick Sangiamo

Produced For – Crabapple Enterprises
Recorded At – United Western Studios
Recorded At – Group IV Recording Studios
Mixed At – Sigma Sound Studios, New York
Lacquer Cut At – Sterling Sound
Pressed By – RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis
Manufactured By – RCA Records, Inc.
Distributed By – RCA Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – New York International Records
Copyright (c) – New York International Records