Akira Ifukube

Film music in Japan has tended to follow one of two, or perhaps three, directions. Much music is derived from historical Japanese musical traditions, particularly in older films and, of course, historical dramas. But there has been an increasing tendency to adapt Western musical influences, and often composers find themselves alternating between the two modes…

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Alexander Courage

Can you think of one composition by Alexander Courage, apart from the original STAR TREK theme? This article sets out to show that Sandy Courage is under-rated as a composer. As you will be aware, he has worked exclusively as Jerry Goldsmith’s primary orchestrator for a number of years now that Arthur Morton is getting…

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Barry Gray: Music with Strings

Twizzle first introduced Barry Gray to Gerry Anderson, and it was a history-making meeting. Twizzle was a character created by author Roberta Leigh, who was trying to interest producer Anderson in making a series or a film with Twizzle. Barry Gray was the composer who eventually brought Twizzle, and countless other characters, to life through…

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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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Bill Conti

Named William after his grandfather, Bill Conti was born on April 13, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island. He joined an Italian-American family whose interests included sculpture, music and painting, but it was the second of those arts which played a major role in the young man’s development: there was a radio on the table at…

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Carlo Rustichelli

The name of Italian composer Carlo Rustichelli is inseparably tied to the career of film director Pietro Germi. Rustichelli wrote the scores for all of Germi’s pictures (except IL TESTIMONE, 1946), including AMICI MIEI, which had to be interrupted because of the director’s illness. Fellow director Mario Monicelli completed the movie, using Germi’s copious notes….

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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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