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From Scene to Shining Screen: A Short History of Film Music


Paul Chihara went Hollywood (and Carnegie Hall, too)


David Raksin Remembers his Colleagues

At 88 years of age, David Raksin is today's patriarch of motion picture composers. His scores for Laura (which Stphen Sondheim call "the finest melody ever written for film"), The Bad and the Beautiful, and hundreds of other films and television shows are amongst the most compelling and diverse collections of music over written.

Over his more than 60 years in the business, Raksin has counted as his colleagues virtually every composer of Hollywood's golden age, including Max Steiner, Erich Korngold, Alfred Newman, Miklós Rózsa, Franz Waxman, Aaaron Copland, and Bernard Herrmann. Following are his favorite recollections about his friends and the world of Hollywood.


Max Steiner

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Alfred Newman

Miklós Rózsa

David Raksin

Franz Waxman

Aaron Copland

Hugo Friedhofer

Bernard Herrmann

Dmitri Tiomkin



Copyright 1995 by David Raksin. Published on the ACO website with the kind permission of the author

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