Roger Hall

Aaron Copland talks about Film Music

Between 1939 and 1949, the distinguished American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990) composed five major film scores: OF MICE AND MEN, OUR TOWN, THE NORTH STAR, THE RED PONY, and THE HEIRESS. He also composed scores for two documentaries: THE CITY (New York World’s Fair, 1939) and THE CUMMINGTON STORY in 1943. His last film score…

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Bernard Herrmann: The Early Years

“I feel that music on the screen can seek out and intensify the inner thoughts of the characters… It can propel narrative forward or slow it down. It often lifts mere dialogue into the realm of poetry” So wrote Bernard Herrmann for a 1972 London recording, Music From Great Film Classics. This album featured music…

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Dimitri Tiomkin’s Golden Decade

Today Dimitri Tiomkin is remembered primarily for his later scores such as THE ALAMO and THE GUNS OF NAVARONE. As enjoyable as these scores are, there is so much more to enjoy in his earlier work. In fact, Tiomkin composed some of the most enthralling music ever to come out of Hollywood. During the 1950s…

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Elmer Bernstein: The Magnificent One

This year is the half-century mark for one of Hollywood’s best-known film composers. Elmer Bernstein has been composing film scores longer than any living Hollywood composer. During the past fifty years, he has composed over 230 scores for films and television. So far he has received thirteen Oscar nominations. His nine score nominations range from…

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