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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Akira Ifukube

The following interview took place at Mr. Ifukube‘s house (in a garden-city district of Tokyo) during my concert tour with the “Wiener Johann Strauss Orchestra” in January 1991 and January 1993. As a collector of antique samovars and tea pots/cups, Mr. Ifukube personally served us traditional Japanese green tea, which is a great honor for…

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Alan Menken

Where were you born, what is your musical background, and how did you become a film composer? I was born in New York City, in Manhattan. When I was very young we moved to New Rochelle, which is above New York. My dad is a dentist, and all the men in our family were dentists….

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Alan Silvestri: From Romances to Predators

In a very short time, composer Alan Silvestri has risen to the ranks of America’s best contemporary film composers, with standout scores to films like ROMANCING THE STONE, BACK TO THE FUTURE and its sequels, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and THE ABYSS. We covered Silvestri’s ROGER RABBIT and MAC & ME scores in Soundtrack #31…

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Alan Williams: That “Other” Williams

You may have seen his name on an especially intriguing documentary or a cute family film, enjoyed the spark and flavor of the music that underlined the narrative or the drama. For several years now, Alan Williams has been quietly providing some of the most interesting scores for family films, TV movies, IMAX documentaries, and…

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Alessandro Alessandroni

For any collector of Italian soundtracks the name of Alessandro Alessandroni is probably a familiar one. He is undoubtedly the one artiste, composer/musician that is involved in almost 99% of all Italian soundtracks, his choir IL CANTORI MODERNI, has vocalised on scores for the Italian cinema that have been penned by the likes of Ennio…

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Alex North

Alex North has always been among my favorite composers, so I eagerly looked forward to meeting him for this interview. I had heard that he was a shy, modest and soft-spoken gentleman. In fact Los Angeles Times critic Charles Champlin recently wrote that North is “reticent to a fault”. Now that I’ve met and talked…

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