June 17, 2010 |
Max Steiner, the pioneering film composer who wrote the music for "King Kong" and "Gone With the Wind," was once complimented as the man who invented modern movie music. "Nonsense," he replied. "The idea originated with Richard Wagner. Listen to the incidental scoring behind the recitatives in his operas. If Wagner had lived in this century, he would have been the No. 1 film composer." That last point is debatable. (Try to imagine Wagner working for Harvey Weinstein.) But Wagner's influence on film-music history certainly has been enormous, "probably more than any other single composer," says Roger Hickman, professor of music at California State University Long Beach and author of "Reel Music: Exploring 100 Years of Film Music."
February 29, 1992
The first International Film Music Conference will be held March 12-15 at the Sheraton Universal. Sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Film Music, the conference will feature sessions on film music history, preservation and restoration and various speakers, including SPFM president David Raksin. Information: (818) 994-4661 or (213) 469-8307.
September 18, 2013 |
Fans of composer Danny Elfman will have a third opportunity to catch an orchestral concert of his music for the movies of Tim Burton. Organizers of the concert have added a third performance to the musical event scheduled for Oct. 30 at the Nokia Theatre at downtown's L.A. Live. "Danny Elfman's Music From the Films of Tim Burton" was initially scheduled for just one performance on Halloween night at the Nokia. After the concert sold out in a matter of minutes, organizers added a second performance for Oct. 29. The third performance, scheduled for 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 30 , will be the final opportunity to catch the concert, a spokesman for the organizers said.
August 31, 1992 |
The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra's archival energies were on full display Saturday night at the Bowl. Conductor John Mauceri constructed a program--"Broadway Goes to Hollywood"--overflowing with original orchestrations and newly restored assemblages of film music by George Gershwin, Arthur Schwartz, Frederick Loewe, Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin.
August 19, 1989 |
Twenty years ago, music scores to hundreds of MGM films were dumped in a landfill in Sepulveda Pass as part of an "administrative housecleaning." Monday night, reconstructions of some of those classic scores will be heard in Cahuenga Pass as part of "A Night of Great Movie Music."
September 16, 1990 |
The Society for the Preservation of Film Music, which has been credited with saving the archives of composers Hugo Friedhofer, Aaron Copland, Herbert Stothart, Scott Bradley, Jacques Ibert and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, has traditionally kept a low profile with its activities. One hears about the group usually only every fall, when it puts on its annual fund-raiser honoring one of its own for career achievement. With the recent appointment of music historian Jeannie G.