Last Updated: November 14, 2014
Pipe Organ Has Starring Role in Interstellar
Zimmer records score in London's Temple Church by Jon Burlingame
Film composers have employed the pipe organ on a number of occasions in the past, notably Dimitri Tiomkin in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1965), Bernard Herrmann in Obsession (1976), Wendy Carlos in Tron (1982) and Ennio Morricone in Mission to Mars (2000).
Hans Zimmer's Interstellar Adventure
Composer unveils secrets of organ, choir, orchestra in Nolan film by Jon Burlingame
HOLLYWOOD—You expect composer Hans Zimmer to add musical thunder to any movie he scores. But for Interstellar – Christopher Nolan's complex, universe-spanning, $165-million science-fiction epic opening Friday – the rumbling comes not from the usual massive percussion, but from a 90-year-old pipe organ in a London church.
It was, according to Zimmer, the director's idea. They have done four previous films together, including the Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, all "in a certain musical vocabulary." For Interstellar, they decided to dump "the action drums, the propelling strings," as the composer puts it. "Our conversation really turned to, what's this movie about? Celebrating science.
Music For Visual Media Examined in Five New Books
Game music, Prokofiev and Steiner among topics by Jon Burlingame
LOS ANGELES—Five newly released books examining the history and practice of music written for visual media are worthwhile reads:
A Composer's Guide to Game Music by Winifred Phillips (MIT Press, $29.95)
Phillips, the veteran video-game composer (Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, The Da Vinci Code, God of War), has distilled her decade in the business into this beautifully organized, intelligently written book about music for games. Phillips offers anecdotes from her own experience but also cites other landmark game scores, part of what she calls "a revolutionary new art form."
Ian Fraser: An Appreciation
Hollywood mourns passing of beloved Emmy-winning music director by Jon Burlingame
LOS ANGELES—Ian Fraser, the most-honored musician in the history of television and the winner of 11 Emmys, died Friday morning, Oct. 31, at his L.A. home. He was 81; family members attributed the cause of death to complications from cancer.
The Simpsons Take The Bowl
Cast, writers and composers give rousing 25th anniversary tribute to TV's zany animated series by Jon Burlingame
HOLLYWOOD—More than 30,000 fans watched, laughed and sang along as The Simpsons celebrated a quarter-century on television with a two-hour music-and-comedy bash Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl.
The Big Picture: Hitchcock! at the Hollywood Bowl
David Newman conducts Herrmann, Rózsa, Waxman, Tiomkin live-to-picture by Marilee Bradford
HOLLYWOOD—Approximately 10,000 movie and music fans attended Sunday night's annual "Big Picture" installment at the Hollywood Bowl, celebrating the music of movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Music
Silvestri's long-awaited return to TV soars the Cosmos with twin Emmys by Jon Burlingame
LOS ANGELES—Veteran film composer Alan Silvestri won his first two Emmys for television – for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey – Saturday night during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at LA Live's Nokia Theatre.
LA Phil Debuts Suite from Dudamel's Libertador
Suites of Santaolalla's Motorcycle Diaries, Newman's Angels in America also premiere by Jon Burlingame
HOLLYWOOD—Gustavo Dudamel unveiled his first original film score, for the Venezuelan film Libertador, last night with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of the "Noche de Cine" evening of his "Americas and Americans" festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
Williams, Santaolalla and Dudamel Go Behind the Score
LACMA teams with Academy in the art of film music by Jon Burlingame
LOS ANGELES—John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and newly minted film composer Gustavo Dudamel talked about the challenges of movie scoring at "Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer," sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Monday night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Williams, the five-time Oscar winner (for such classics as Jaws and Star Wars), was very much the elder statesman (or "legend," as host Tavis Smiley put it). Both Santaolalla (dual Oscar winner for Brokeback Mountain and Babel) and Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor who has just written his first score for a Venezuelan film, Libertador, consistently deferred to him. Dudamel and Santaolalla will appear at the Hollywood Bowl July 31 to play their film compositions.
DreamWorks Under the Stars
The Hollywood Bowl tributes music from 20 wondrous years of animated films by Marilee Bradford
HOLLYWOOD—More than 30,000 fans gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of DreamWorks Animation Friday and Saturday nights at the Hollywood Bowl with a concert featuring music from many of the studio's biggest hits.
John Leach, English Cimbalom Player, Dead at 82
Persuaders! theme details revealed for first time by Jon Burlingame
LOS ANGELES—John Leach, the English cimbalom player who gave such film and TV scores as The Ipcress File, King Rat and The Persuaders! their unique sound, has died in London at the age of 82.
Leach was a flautist who, in the 1950s, saw a need for educated musicians who could play unusual ethnic instruments. He first took up the cimbalom – a Hungarian hammered dulcimer played with wooden mallets – in 1953 and later added the Finnish kantele, the Arabic qanun, the Japanese koto, Chinese sheng and the Persian santur to his repertoire, assuring him considerable film and TV work in the 1960s, '70s and beyond.
Emmy Music Noms Double Down
First-timer Silvestri plus vets Lunn and Ross all receive two nominations each by Jon Burlingame
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—Veteran film composer Alan Silvestri received his first two Emmy nominations ever, and past Emmy winners John Lunn and William Ross were also double nominees in the music categories for the 66th prime-time Emmy Awards, announced Thursday by the Television Academy.
Giacchino's Music Heralds the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Amid good-humored recording sessions, composer's score gets to the very heart of the film by Jon Burlingame
CENTURY CITY, Calif.—It's the start of the second day of recording music for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on 20th Century-Fox's cavernous Newman Scoring Stage, and there's a commotion in the back of the room: two additional players have unexpectedly joined the percussion section.
Composer Dave Porter Talks Breaking Bad
New projects include ballet series Flesh and Bone by Jon Burlingame
LOS ANGELES—Breaking Bad has been Emmy-nominated 42 times for its acting, writing, direction, cinematography, editing, sound editing and mixing, even visual effects (and has won 10 Emmys so far) – but never for its music.
Dave Porter, who composed the theme and scores for all 62 episodes of the critically acclaimed AMC series, has one more chance: Its sixth and final season ended in September 2013, making it Emmy-eligible for the current television season. Nominations will be announced July 10.
Just last week, Porter won ASCAP's Composers' Choice Award as "favorite TV composer," chosen by his fellow ASCAP composers and songwriters (in a tie with Bear McCreary). His other scores include ABC's Red Widow and TNT's Saved.
Alexander the Great and Other Rare Rosenman
Combat!, Alexander the Great, Sybil among rescued TV recordings
Academy Award- and Emmy-winning Leonard Rosenman (1924-2008) – celebrated composer of East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, Fantastic Voyage and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – also wrote music for other media.
The Film Music Society, the entertainment industry-based preservation group, has recently rescued and restored some of Rosenman's music from four historic television productions and a theme park attraction, and is releasing these archival recordings on a 76-minute CD called Alexander the Great and Other Rare Rosenman.
Index for The Cue Sheet Journal
Quarterly publication is a well-established source of film music articles, news and historical information
A comprehensive index for The Cue Sheet, the quarterly journal of The Film Music Society, is now available on-line at the FMS web site.
From its initial publication as a multi-page mimeograph in January 1984, The Cue Sheet has grown to be among the most highly respected sources for articles and essays on the subject of film and television music.
The journal's content ranges from biographical essays and in-memoriam tributes to articles on contemporary issues, opinion pieces and book reviews, featuring the works of such notable journalists and historians as Fred Steiner, James Lipton, John Caps, Tony Thomas, Rudy Behlmer, Clifford McCarty, Jon Burlingame, Steven Smith and Ross Care, among others.
Music and the Moving Image
UIP, NYU and FMS combine efforts for premiere on-line scholarly journal
The University of Illinois Press, in conjunction with New York University Steinhardt School's Department of Music & Performing Arts Professions and The Film Music Society, has published Music and the Moving Image, a premiere online scholarly journal dedicated to the relationship between music and the wide spectrum of moving images, from film and television to computer and interactive performance.
Music and the Moving Image will be issued three times annually (spring, summer, fall). Volume 1 (Spring 2008) will receive its inaugural launch on February 29 at http://mmi.press.uiuc.edu/.
Leading an impressive editorial board of educators and music professionals, executive editors conductor/musicologist Gillian B. Anderson and Director of the Film Music program at NYU/Steinhardt Ronald H. Sadoff will consider submissions from both scholars and practitioners. All papers will be accepted for inclusion in the journal based upon a peer-review process. Although the journal will be published in English, international diversity is encouraged. Visit Call for Papers/Submission Guidelines for more information.
Annual individual subscriptions are available for $30 (a special Film Music Society membership rate is $21), and the institutional rate is $60. An order form is available HERE or through the journal web site.
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The Timeless Melodies of David Raksin
Rare sheet music folio now available through The Film Music Society
Had David Raksin written nothing but the immortal "Laura," it would have been measure enough of his incomparable talent for melody and harmony.
But the composer of scores for such Hollywood classics as Forever Amber, The Bad and the Beautiful and Separate Tables had also written a treasure trove of songs. He shared his favorites in a collection called The Timeless Melodies of David Raksin.
Originally published by Ekay Music in 1996, this extraordinary 112-page, 9" x 12" collection of sheet music has long been out of print and hard to find.
A number of years ago, Raksin donated a few copies of this songbook to The Film Music Society for fundraising, and we are happy to offer them for purchase while the supply lasts.
FROM FMS RESTORATIONS......
Rózsa's Jungle Book Available in Short Supply!
FMS releases rare score in celebration of the composer's centenary
In celebration of Miklós Rózsa's centennial year, The Film Music Society is proud to re-release Rózsa's historic score for the 1942 classic motion picture, Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. Nearly two years ago, this popular CD was sold out of its Limited Edition release, and the FMS archived the manufacturer's overage. Due to popular demand by members and nonmembers alike, we decided to celebrate Rozsa's centenary by making our surplus copies available for purchase.
Rózsa's music shines on this CD in a way it never has before. Featuring lengthy and authoritative liner notes by Golden Age film expert Rudy Behlmer, this is an album you won't want to miss, skillfully restored and remastered from the last surviving transcription discs. As a bonus track, we've included an excerpt of a rare interview with Rózsa discussing his score with Behlmer in 1974.
Conversation Piece: An Unvarnished Chat with Bernard Herrmann
FMS restores recording of never-before-released 1970 interview
Film music preservation is not just about saving music manuscripts and recordings. It's also about saving the artform's history through writings, photographs and, in rare opportunites, the spoken word.
The Film Music Society is pleased to present its newest CD release, Conversation Piece: An Unvarnished Chat With Bernard Herrmann.
On September 26, 1970, Leslie Zador (the son of orchestrator Eugene Zador) and Gregory Rose from classical radio station KFAC interviewed Herrmann in his North Hollywood home on behalf of the Los Angeles Free Press. The interview was transcribed and an article appeared in the Free Press about a month later. Soon after, the sole recording of the interview was stowed away for more than 35 years.
Excerpts of the original transcript were published in the Society's anthology Film Music 1 (1989). The audio tape was recently retrieved and generously donated by Zador to the FMS for historic preservation. Now, with permission from the interviewers and Herrmann's wife Norma Shepherd, this newly restored recording of one of Hollywood's most revered composers will soon be available on CD in its entirety (with the exception of a few imprudent remarks).
RESTORATION CD SERIES...
The World War II Documentary Music of Dimitri Tiomkin now available!
The Film Music Society is pleased to offer previously unreleased recordings of eminent film composer Dimitri Tiomkin's scores from four historically significant World War II documentary features.
The World War II Documentary Music of Dimitri Tiomkin includes nearly 79 minutes of Tiomkin's music from the Army orientation films of producer Frank Capra – The Battle of Russia (1943), Tunisian Victory (1944), The Negro Soldier (1944) and San Pietro (1945) – ranging in style from inspiring military marches to themes that underpin the despair of war, from American gospel and jazz to traditional Russian folk melodies, from the modern beat of the big band to the classical strains of Tschaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
The recordings in this collection originated from 16-inch acetate transcription discs owned by Tiomkin, which were transferred to 1/4-inch magnetic tape in the mid-1980s by innovative recording engineer Bob Auger. The tapes remained in the possession of Tiomkin's wife Olivia until earlier this year when they were transferred to digital format for restoration and inclusion on this CD.
Accompanying these recordings is a deluxe 16-page booklet containing never-before-seen photographs and authoritative liner notes by Tiomkin expert Warren Sherk.
The World War II Documentary Music of Dimitri Tiomkin is a Limited Edition, with only 1,000 copies manufactured. It is available to the public for $20 plus s/h. If you would like to order your copy, please contact us or visit the Merchandise page for more information. But hurry! Stock is running low. The FMS quarterly journal, The Cue Sheet, Vol. 20, No. 4 (October 2005), features an extended version of Warren Sherk's informative liner notes for this important restoration. The issue is available for $7.50 plus s/h, or $6 if purchased with the CD.
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FROM FMS RESTORATIONS...
SPFM Takemitsu Tribute CD – SOLD OUT
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