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Last Updated: July 1, 2015

Back to the Future – Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Silvestri score performed by L.A. Phil to cheering crowd by Jon Burlingame

Back to the Future in Concert
HOLLYWOOD—Great Scott! More than 16,000 fans of Marty McFly, Doc Brown and a time-traveling DeLorean turned out to watch Back to the Future while the Los Angeles Phiharmonic played the film's thrilling Alan Silvestri score live to picture Tuesday night at the Hollywood Bowl.
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James Horner: An Appreciation
Titanic composer mourned, remembered, eulogized by Jon Burlingame

James Horner

HOLLYWOOD—All of the film industry is still in disbelief over Monday's small-plane crash that claimed the life of Oscar-winning composer James Horner.

Horner, 61, an experienced pilot, was killed when his single-engine craft crashed in the Los Padres National Forest north of Santa Barbara.
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Celebrates Walt Disney Animation
Mark Watters conducts classic toons live-to-picture for sold-out fundraiser at historic movie palace by Jon Burlingame

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Photo by Jamie Pham)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Photo by Jamie Pham

LOS ANGELES—More than $215,000 was raised for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in a wildly entertaining, premiere-filled program of live-to-picture music for classic Walt Disney cartoons Saturday night at the historic downtown Theatre at Ace Hotel.
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Robert Drasnin: An Appreciation
Veteran TV composer left musical legacy for the boomer generation by Jon Burlingame

Bob Drasnin
HOLLYWOOD—Robert Drasnin, who died Wednesday at the age of 87, may not be a household name. But if you grew up in the 1950s, '60s, or '70s, you almost certainly listened to his music.

Drasnin spent most of his career composing music for television, although he also composed for feature films and created one especially popular album of "exotica" music that brought him fame late in life. He also was active as an educator, ushering hundreds of young composers into the craft of scoring for movies and TV.
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Alexandre Desplat Receives BMI Icon Award
Disney exec Chris Montan also honored at Film-TV Awards by Jon Burlingame

Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—Alexandre Desplat received the Icon Award from performing-rights society Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) at its annual Film/TV Awards Wednesday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Approximately 650 members of the composing and songwriting community attended. Desplat, the prolific French composer who won the Oscar in February for The Grand Budapest Hotel, accepted the award – given to composers "who have made significant contributions to the realm of film and television music" – from BMI president-CEO Mike O'Neill and VP of film/TV relations Doreen Ringer Ross.
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Arranger-Composer-Bandleader Van Alexander Turns 100
"A-Tisket, A-Tasket" writer honored by friends, family, colleagues by Jon Burlingame

Van Alexander

Photograph by Mitch Tobias

HOLLYWOOD—Emmy-nominated arranger-composer Van Alexander turned 100 years old on Saturday, and an estimated 225 members of the Los Angeles music community turned out to celebrate the milestone at Catalina Bar & Grill.
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"The Other" Ray Charles: An Appreciation
Beloved choral director, vocal arranger dead at 96 by Jon Burlingame

Ray Charles

HOLLYWOOD—Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated choral director Ray Charles – often called "the other" Ray Charles, even in screen credits – is being remembered as one of the most talented and sought-after vocal arrangers in show business.

Charles died of cancer Monday, April 6, at his home in Beverly Hills, a family spokesman said. He was 96.
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Elliot Goldenthal Receives ASCAP Founders Award
Shirley Walker Award presented to Deborah Lurie by Jon Burlingame

Paul Williams and Elliot Goldenthal

Paul Williams and Elliot Goldenthal
Photo by Phil McCarten/PictureGroup

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—Elliot Goldenthal received the Founders Award, and Deborah Lurie the Shirley Walker Award, at Monday night 's annual Film and Television Music Awards presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Goldenthal, who won an Oscar for Frida and has composed such other film scores as Alien 3, Interview With the Vampire, Batman Forever, Heat and Titus, was honored not only for his film music but for a diverse career that also includes music for the theatre, ballet, opera and the concert hall.
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Emmy-winning Music Director Ian Fraser Remembered
Julie Andrews, John Williams, Leslie Bricusse pay tribute to close friend, colleague by Jon Burlingame

Memorial program

Memorial program

LOS ANGELES—Ian Fraser was eulogized as a brilliant arranger, conductor and composer for films, television, stage and records at a memorial service attended by approximately 300 Sunday afternoon at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.

Julie Andrews, composer John Williams and songwriter Leslie Bricusse were among the speakers, regaling the crowd of friends, family and fellow musicians with tales of Fraser's life and adventures in music.

Fraser – the most-honored musician in the history of television with 11 Emmy Awards and another 21 nominations – died Oct. 31 at the age of 81. A longtime governor of the Television Academy, he was also an Oscar nominee (for Scrooge) and musical director on dozens of hours of classic variety television from the 1970s on.
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MONTAGE: Great film composers and the piano
Pianist Gloria Cheng presents new solo works by Williams, Broughton, Desplat, Newman, Davis and Giacchino by Jon Burlingame

Gloria Cheng with John Williams, Randy Newman and Don Davis

Gloria Cheng with John Williams, Randy Newman and Don Davis

LOS ANGELES—Montage, a new album of piano music, comes out this week, and it is certain to delight – as well as confound expectations among listeners.
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Alexander the Great and Other Rare Rosenman
Combat!, Alexander the Great, Sybil among rescued TV recordings

Rare Rosenman CD

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.
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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.
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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

The Timeless Melodies of David RaksinHad 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.
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Rózsa's Jungle Book Available in Short Supply!
FMS releases rare score in celebration of the composer's centenary

Rózsa's Jungle Book

Track 21: Excerpt from a June 1, 1974 interview with Miklós Rózsa conducted by Rudy Behlmer, discussing Rózsa's score for Jungle Book.

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.
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Conversation Piece: An Unvarnished Chat with Bernard Herrmann
FMS restores recording of never-before-released 1970 interview

Herrmann's "Conversations"
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).
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The World War II Documentary Music of Dimitri TiomkinThe World War II Documentary Music of Dimitri Tiomkin now available!

Tracks Include:

Click select links to hear sample audio tracks.

1. 1M1/1M2 2:29
2. 1M3 :51
3. 1M5 2:30
4. 1M8 (outtake) 1:05
5. 3M1 (outtake) 1:02
6. 3M3/3M4 1:34
7. 3M7 (partial outtake) 1:45
8. 8M5 (partial outtake) 2:45

9. M11 (partial outtake) 2:28
10. M12 1:54
11. M13 (partial outtake) 1:48
12. M14 (outtake) :41
13. M21 (partial outtake) 2:25
14. M22 (partial outtake) 1:41
15. M24 2:08
16. M42 2:11
17. M43 (outtake) 2:04
18. M50 3:39
19. M52 2:43

20. 1M1/1M2 1:32
21. 1M3 (outtake) :28
22. 1M4 (partial outtake) :32
23. 2M1 1:33
24. 2M2/2M2A/2M2AA 1:38
25. 3M7 (outtake) :38
26. 3M10A :28
27. 4M5 1:01
28. 4M6 3:09
29. 5M2 1:35
30. 5M3 1:23

31. 1M1 1:28
32. 1M2/1M3 1:19
33. 1M4 1:11
34. 1M6 :34
35. 1M8 :39
36. 2M1 1:52
37. 2M4/2M6 (partial outtake) :53
38. 2M8/2M8A (alt. Version) :38
39. 3M1 2:50
40. 3M3 1:07
41. 4M2 (partial outtake) 2:09
42. 5M1 (outtake) 1:58
43. 5M3 1:43
44. 5M4/5M5 1:25
45. 6M1 (outtake) 1:48
46. 9M1/9M2 1:44
47. 9M3/9AM1/9AM2 3:18

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 Cue Sheet, Vol. 20, No. 4 (Oct. 2005) 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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Conversation Piece: An Unvarnished Chat with Bernard Herrmann CD

The World War II Documentary Music of Dimitri Tiomkin CD

Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book soundtrack CD

SPFM Takemitsu Tribute CD – SOLD OUT

SPFM Goldsmith Tribute CD

Music from CBS Westerns CD




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