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Film Composers Celebrated

 

Elmer Bernstein

"It's a junk culture, and people buy junk...generally speaking,
film has not advanced in terms of taste and intelligence,
and that makes it tough for music.
" -- Elmer Bernstein

 

See the special 80th birthday remembrance by Roger Hall at:

Elmer Bernstein - Official Site

Read the interview with Bernstein
celebrating the 50th anniversary of his film music scores at:

Soundtrack

 

Special Award

Elmer Bernstein has been named
for
the Lifetime Achievement Award
at


The Sammy Awards

 

 

Aaron Copland On Film Music

 

"It’s quite expensive to add music to a film. It would be a shame if nobody paid attention to it. The producers would have thrown their money out the window (laughter)." -- Aaron Copland

Read an interview by Roger Hall
with Aaron Copland about his film scores in

A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC

also online at

Runmovies/Soundtrack

 

In honor of the 60th anniversary of
one of his best loved film scores, OUR TOWN (1940),
Aaron Copland was named for a
Lifetime Achievement Sammy Film Music Award.

A special commemorative CD has been prepared
including a rare television program from 1969
with Copland speaking and conducting the orchestra,
plus the 1980 interview by Roger Hall.

Order a copy of this special CD at:

American Music Recordings Archive (AMRC 0018)

 

Something Wild

Read the review of Copland's last film score from 1961,

SOMETHING WILD

 

 

"RIVER OF NO RETURN"
A Centennial Tribute to Ken Darby

 

 

George Duning

George Duning 100th Anniversary

 

 

Jerry Goldsmith

 

 

"Each assignment becomes an agonizing experience. Where shall I begin? hat notes shall I play? What combinations of sounds will be at once melodic and original and attention-grabbing that the audience will be hooked?"
-- Jerry Goldsmith

Read Steve Vertlieb's tribute at

Jerry Goldsmith:
A "FIRST KNIGHT" Celebration

See the Lifetime Achievement Award
for Jerry Goldsmith at


The Sammy Awards

 

 

Bernard Herrmann

"Film music must apply what an actor cannot say. The music must really convey what the word cannot do. If you're dealing with an emotional subject this is the complete purpose of a film score."

-- Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975)

 

He is generally considered to be the most innovative film composer from the past.

2011 marked the centennial year of Herrmann's birth. To celebrate this occasion, a multimedia DVD was compiled by film music historian and FMR Managing Editor, Roger Hall. The DVD is titled,

Film Music Master: A Tribute To Bernard Herrmann


See the list of favorite Herrmann film scores
chosen by Film Music Review critics at this link:

Bernard Herrmann: A Centennial Tribute

See also

Bernard Herrmann: A Celebration of His Life and Music


 

Early Bernard Herrmann

Roger Hall's popular article,
"Bernard Herrmann: The Early Years"
with a new addendum of CDs
is available at this site:

Soundtrack


 

70th anniversary of CITIZEN KANE and
Bernard Herrmann's first film score

 

 



50th anniversary of PSYCHO

 

50th anniversary of VERTIGO

 

 

 

Henry Mancini

 

"MOON RIVER" - Memories of Henry Mancini

 

 


Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone

 

 

David Raksin

Remembering David Raksin: A Centennial Tribute

 

 

Miklos Rozsa


100th Birthday Tribute to Miklos Rozsa
with a Web Poll

 

 

 

Virgil Thomson

film music by Virgil Thomson

 

 

 

 

Dimitri Tiomkin: Score and Song

 

Dimitri Tiomkin was born in Ukraine on 10 May 1894; and died in London on 11 November 1979, at the age of eighty-five.

During his long film music career he received many accolades, including Oscar nominees for
LOST HORIZON (1937), MR. SMITH GOES
TO WASHINGTON (1940); Oscar-winning scores to THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY (1954) and THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA (1958); and the Grammy nominated GUNS OF NAVARONE (1961). Yet among his great film scores, there is one that Tiomkin will be especially remembered for: HIGH NOON (1952).

 

He was the first composer to be awarded two Oscars for the same dramatic film.Tiomkin received one Oscar for his film score and the other for the film’s song, “High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’),” with lyrics by Ned Washington.

The song began a trend that continues today – a hit record used to promote or "sell the film."

In the case of "High Noon," there were two major hit records -- one by Frankie Laine and the other by Tex Ritter, who sang the song in the film.

Here is an excerpt from a book discussing this song and score:

The song is used throughout the film as a folk ballad about Marshall Will Kane (Gary Cooper) who asks his bride (Grace Kelly) to 'do not forsake me.' Instead of an instrumental theme for the Main Title, the song is heard in the complete version...The accompaniment is very simple, mainly guitar and drums. To illustrate how concise the film really is, the lyrics tell the whole story of the film - in under 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

Besides being used as Main Title music, the song theme is heard at other stragetic scenes in the film. Perhaps the most effective of them all is the scene called - 'The Clock.' This is where Marshall Will Kane writes his Last Will and Testament just before the train arrives at noontime. The music starts with harp and pizzicato strings imitating the clock pendulum moving steadily back and forth. Then above that constant pendulum ticking are the brass and woodwinds playing portions of the song, as the music builds with an overpowering intensity until it stops suddenly before the train whistle is heard and Kane looks up from his writing.

-- from A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC by Roger L. Hall

 

Both the Frankie Laine and Tex Ritter (with 3 different recordings from 1952) are featured on this fascinating CD with different artists (including German and Danish) performing the movie song, such as: Robert Horton, Chet Atkins, Bill Hayes, Faron Young, Henry Mancini, and many more...

High Noon

 

 

 

HIGH NOON - 25 Artists, One Song

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is an excellent new CD of the complete soundtrack with the title song sung by Tex Ritter now available:

 

 

 

HIGH NOON CD

HIGH NOON CD Review

 

 

Tiomkin conducts the main theme from HIGH NOON on this enjoyable compilation:

Music In Film (National Public Radio Milestones Of The Millennium)

MUSIC IN FILM: National Public Radio Milestones of the Millennium

 

 

CD reviews for other Tiomkin soundtracks

 

THE ALAMO - World Premiere of the Complete Film Score
(Prometheus - 3 CD Set)

 

 

THE ALAMO:
Dimitri Tiomkin - The Essential Film Music Collection
(Silva Screen - 4 CD Set)

 

 

D.O.A. (Film Score Monthly)

 

 

THE GREAT WALTZ (1938)
with the beautiful music of Johann Strauss II
adapted and arranged by Dimitri Tiomkin

 

 

 

LAND OF THE PHARAOHS (Film Score Monthly - 2CDs)

 

 

 

 

Read the DVD review of Dimitri Tionkin's monumental score for

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

 

More Tiomkin

"In Hollywood vernacular, I could write commercial." -- Dimitri Tiomkin

Read about Dimitri Tiomkin's score and song for HIGH NOON
in Roger Hall's popular reference book,

A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC

 

 

 

Left to right: Dimitri Tiomkin at the piano, Tex Ritter and Ned Washington looking on
[Photo courtesy of Marc Wanamaker/
Bison Archives]

 

 

 

Franz Waxman

A Centenary Celebration

A Centennial Tribute To Franz Waxman

 

 

 

John Williams

John Williams: An 80th Birthday Tribute
with Listener's Poll

 

For Your Information:

These days it's becoming more and more popular to be physically healthy, to get a good deal on healthy food, and to exercise at the gym. While physical health is definitely quite important, what people sometimes forget about is mental health. You can exercise your brain just as easily as you can eat a healthy salad or take a jog around the block. One way you can do this is through music. Listening to different forms of music, and even better, creating and composing your own can be infinitely important to your brain's development and long term health.

 

 

 

FILM MUSIC REVIEW (Home Page)


Read our film music critics picks for

The Best Film Music CDs (2013)

Philomena (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

 

Best Film Music Releases of 2013

 

 

The Best Film Music CDs (2012)


Best Film Music Releases of 2012

 

 

Editor's Choice for 2011

January

POLTERGEIST -- music by Jerry Goldsmith
(Film Score Monthly, 2 CDs)



February

HOME ALONE - music by John Williams
Expanded Original Score (La-La Land Records)

 

 


March

CITIZEN KANE -
The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann
(RCA Red Seal)

 


April

LAURA, FOREVER AMBER,
THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
David Raksin Conducts His Great Film Scores
(RCA Red Seal)

 


May


20th CENTURY FOX
75 YEARS OF GREAT FILM MUSIC
(Varese Sarabande - 3 CD Box Set)

 

June

WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT - music by Burt Bacharach
and
PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT, I LOVE YOU - music by Lalo Shifrin
(Quartet Records)

 

July

TARAS BULBA - music by Franz Waxman
(Tadlow Music - 2 CDs)

 

August

THE EGYPTIAN -
music by Alfred Newman and Bernard Herrmann
(Varese Sarabande, 2 CDs)


September

LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL -
music by Dimitri Tiomkin
(Counterpoint CD)

 

October

LUCIE SVEHLOVA - The Lark Ascending
Classical and Film Music Violin Romances
(Tadlow Music)

 

 

November

 

SUMMER AND SMOKE
music by Elmer Bernstein

(Kritzerland CD)

 

December

THE SAND PEBBLES
music by Jerry Goldsmith

 


Editor's Choice for 2010

 

Best Of The Month For January:

BLACK SUNDAY
music by John Williams (Film Score Monthly CD)

 

Best Of The Month For February:

ISLANDS IN THE STREAM
music by Jerry Goldsmith (Film Score Monthly CD)

 

Best Of The Month For March:

CITIZEN KANE and HANGOVER SQUARE
music by Bernard Herrmannn (Chandos CD)

 

Best Of The Month For April:

ELMER GANTRY
music by Andre Previn (Kritzerland CD)

 

No Best Of The Month For May

 

Best Of The Month For June:

Miklós Rózsa Treasury (1949-1968) (15 CD Box Set)

 

Best Of The Month For July:

THE ALAMO - Complete Score (Prometheus 3 CD Box Set)
music by Dimitri Tiomkin

 

Best Of The Month For August

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA -
Complete Score and other film music
by Maurice Jarre (Tadlow, 2 CDs)


No Best Of The Month For September

 

Best Of The Month For October

The Hollywood Flute of Louise DiTullio (Cambria CD)

Best Of The Month For November



Classic Film Scores - Six CDs

 


Best Of The Month For
December


PATTON (2 CDs)

 

Best Film Music Releases of 2010

 

 

Best of the Month in 2009

by Roger Hall

 

Best of the Month for January

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON --
music by Alexandre Desplat

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for February

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE --
music by Max Steiner

 

 

 

 



Best of the Month for March

TIME AFTER TIME --
music by Miklos Rozsa

 

 

 

 

 



Best of the Month for April

A JOHNNY MANDEL TRIO
(3 CD Box Set)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for May

HOW TO STEAL A MILLION and
BACHELOR FLAT --
music by Johnny Williams

 

 

 

 



Best of the Month for June

TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE
music by Jerry Goldsmith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for July

THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER --
music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for August

GOD'S LITTLE ACRE --
music by Elmer Bernstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for September

EXODUS --
music by Ernest Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for October

THE BLACK STALLION -- music by Carmine Coppola additional music by Shirley Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Best of the Month for November

TARAS BULBA -- music by Franz Waxman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for December

CAPTAIN ABU RAED --
music by Austin Wintory

 

 

 

See the latest reviews and other news at:

Film Music Review

 

 

 

Film In Focus Series

One classic film and its music score

No. 1: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

 

No. 2: PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE

 

No. 3: KING KONG

 

No. 4: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

 

No. 5: VERTIGO


No 6: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

 








 




No 7: THE SONG OF BERNADETTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No 8: SOME LIKE IT HOT

 

 

No. 9: PSYCHO

 

No. 10: CITIZEN KANE

 

 

 

No. 11: HIGH NOON



No. 12: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

 

 

 

Film Music On Radio and Television


Also available are three supplemental CDs from the American Music Recordings Archive with music by these distinguished film composers:

 

AMRC 0018: Aaron Copland On Film Music (16 track - 63:51)

Featured on this disc are excerpts from a rare television program from the 1960s, hosted by Aaron Copland, speaking about his film scores and conducting excerpts with a symphony orchestra. This program was recorded on audio cassette tape and sound levels are lower than usual but still very listenable. This rare television program includes excerpts from these Copland film scores: THE CITY, OF MICE AND MEN, OUR TOWN, and SOMETHING WILD. Also on this CD-R is an exclusive interview in 1980 by Roger Hall with Aaron Copland discussing his film music scores.

 

 

 

AMRC 0019: Henry Mancini On Radio (15 tracks - 67:11)

Includes a special radio tribute by Roger Hall from 1989 with some of his early music from television and movies, such as PETER GUNN and THE PINK PANTHER, plus a call-in radio program with Henry Mancini as the guest with some of his film music included.

 

 

AMRC 0020: John Williams On Radio (22 tracks - 78:59)

Featuring a birthday tribute by Roger Hall to John Williams with examples from a few of his early film scores; also from "A Night at the Movies" concert, and a lengthy interview with John Williams at Tanglewood in Massachusetts.

Read the 80th birthday tribute and Listener's Poll of favorite Williams film scores. Click here.


See also,

Remembering Radio

 


The Sammy Film Music Awards

26th Annual for 2013

The longest-running awards for film music recordings

The Sammy Film Music Awards



See also

"High Hopes"
A Centennial Tribute to Sammy Cahn

 

 

 

 

Looking For Source Music?

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evoke an era for your feature film, documentary, or short film?

Would you like to discuss which vintage songs or other music would best fit the time period of your feature film or documentary?

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Best Film Music Releases of 2013

 

 

 

Best Film Music Releases of 2012

 

Best Film Music Releases of 2011

 



Best Film Music Releases of 2010

 

 

Best Film Music CDs of the Decade (2000-2009)

 


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The next Carry A Tune Week will be on

October 5 - 11, 2014

See the surveys which include many film scores and songs --

Carry A Tune Week 2013

Carry A Tune Week 2012

Carry A Tune Week 2011

Carry A Tune Week 2010

Carry A Tune Week 2009

Carry A Tune Week 2008

Carry A Tune Week 2007

Carry A Tune Week 2006

Carry A Tune Week 2005

 

 

 

In Remembrance of Erich Kunzel
(1935 - 2009)

From FMR Editor, Roger Hall:

Erich Kunzel was the king of the current classical/crossover conductors. Like Arhtur Fiedler and John Williams with the Boston Pops, Kunzel was a master with a wide variety of music, especially film music.

He conducted the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for 44 years,
ith over 85 Telarc albums to his credit, many of them best-sellers. In his concerts and recordings, he made movie music more enjoyable to audiences everywhere.

He should be credited with helping to broaden the interest and appeal of movie music, both from the past and the present day.

R.I.P., maestro E.K.

 

Here are a few of his Telarc CDs reviewed at Film Music Review:

Masters and Commanders

 

Three Choral Suites by Miklos Rozsa

 

The Ultimate Movie Music Collection (4 CD Set)

 

Thanks to the Cinannati Symphony for information and graphics.
More information about Erich Kunzel at the

Cincinnati Symphony Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

Film music historian Roger Hall has chosen his list of the

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

 

 

 

 

 

Film Music Links

 

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see these

Film Music Links

 


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