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Volume 11

Number 1

Winter 2009


Editor:

Roger L. Hall

Contributing Writers:

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb

 


 

Main Titles

NEW! Latest News

Ratings and FMR Issues

NEW! The Sammy Film Music Awards

Essential Film Scores

Film Focus

NEW! Best of the Month

NEW! Capsule Reviews

NEW! Soundtrack and Compilation Reviews

NEW! Recommended DVDs and Books

Film Music Links

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Latest News


 

HERRMANN'S PSYCHO FILM SCORE TO BE AUCTIONED

Contributing Writer Steve Vertlieb has sent in the following announcement...

Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers will be auctioning off Bernard Herrmann's original manuscript for PSYCHO on
24 March 2009.

 

BERNARD HERRMANN Music and Film: Scores, manuscripts and books sold on behalf of Norma Herrmann

HERRMANN (BERNARD)

Autograph full score of his music for Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho, including the Murder in the Shower scene ('The Murder') and the 'Prelude', the first page signed and dated "Bernard Herrmann/ Jan 12 - Feb 12/ 60", written between January and February 1960 and reassembled by the composer in 1968 to form his concert suite Psycho: A Narrative for Orchestra.

Autograph full score of his music for Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho, including the Murder in the Shower scene ('The Murder') and the 'Prelude', the first page signed and dated "Bernard Herrmann/ Jan 12 - Feb 12/ 60", written between January and February 1960 and reassembled by the composer in 1968 to form his concert suite Psycho: A Narrative for Orchestra, the present manuscript comprising:

Part I

(Cue 1) "1. 'Psycho' Prelude", incorporating "Flight": autograph manuscript of the first page of the original score in black ink, with paste-overs for bars 63-78, 109-110 and 129-131 (conclusion), timings in red ballpoint (up to one minute 57 seconds), later marked up for the suite in red felt-tip pen ("Pt I"), including suite revisions to the final three bars in red and blue felt-tip pen, 5 pages


(Cue 2) "2. The City": photocopy reworked in red ballpoint, plus timings in red ballpoint, paste-over autograph title (also originally reading "The City"), later marked-up for the suite in felt-tip pen, one page

(Cue 10) "10. The Rainstorm", incorporating "Flight", "Flight B", "Prelude", and "Flight": comprising a twice-repeated photocopy of the 'Prelude', paste-over titles (see note below), reworked in red ballpoint at bars 51-74, 93-96, and 209-216, adapted for the suite in red and blue felt-tip pen, 3 pages


Part II

(Cue 14) "14. The Madhouse": autograph manuscript of the original score in black ink, with paste-overs for bars 18-19, adapted for the suite in red felt-tip pen and inscribed on the blank recto "Psycho (Pt II)" and at the head "(Pt II)", one page

(Cue 17) "17. The Murder": autograph manuscript of the original score in black ink, adapted for the suite in blue felt-tip pen, 2 pages

(Cue 21) "21. The Water": autograph manuscript of the original score in black ink, with revisions (rests scraped out and replaced), timings in red ballpoint, 2 pages


In all 20 pages, on Ricordi music paper and photocopies thereof, partly taped together with some consequent discolouring affecting the edges and versos, 4to, mostly 12 January to 12 February 1960 [with further alterations made in 1968]

Estimate: £30,000 - 40,000


Sale 16761 -
Printed Books, Mansucripts, Music & Photographs
24 March 2009
New Bond Street
Lot No. 198



 

FILM COMPOSER SALUTES A NEW PRESIDENT

 

A wonderful new piece arranged by John Williams and titled, "Air and Simple Gifts," was premiered during the Inauguration Day ceremonies for the 44th U.S. President, Barack Obama, on 20 January 2009.

Watch the performance at the Inauguration by violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Anthony McGill, and
pianist Gabriela Montero,
here on YouTube

Read about the Shaker song arranged by John Williams at

Joseph Brackett's "Simple Gifts"

 


THE INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION (IFMCA) ANNOUNCES
ITS 2008 WINNERS
FOR
SCORING EXCELLENCE

Alexandre Desplat's
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Wins Best Score of 2008

 

19 Febraury 2009

Alexandre Desplat wins the 2008 IFMCA’S Film Score of the Year Award for THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, David Fincher’s imaginative re-telling of a 1921 F. Scott Fitzgerald short story about a man who ages backwards from an old man to a baby. These are the fourth and fifth awards for Desplat from the IFMCA, having been named Composer of the Year in 2006 and 2007. The score also wins Best Original Score for a Dramatic Film.


Danny Elfman is named Film Composer of the Year for his excellence in scoring four high-profile movies this year: MILK, WANTED, HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY and STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE. The latter score also wins Elfman an individual scoring award for Best Original Score for a Documentary Feature.

The winners are highlighted in red:

 

FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, music by Alexandre Desplat

• The Dark Knight, music by James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer

• Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, music by John Williams

• Standard Operating Procedure, music by Danny Elfman

• Wall'E, music by Thomas Newman

 

FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• Alexandre Desplat

Danny Elfman

• James Newton Howard

• Thomas Newman

• John Powell

 

BREAKOUT COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• Paul Cantelon, The Other Boleyn Girl and W.

Andrew Lockington, Journey to the Center of the Earth and City of Ember

• Nico Muhly, The Reader

• Max Richter, Waltz with Bashir

• Atli Örvarsson, Babylon A.D. and Vantage Point

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM

• The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, music by James Horner

• Che, music by Alberto Iglesias

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, music by Alexandre Desplat

• Defiance, music by James Newton Howard

• Milk, music by Danny Elfman

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM

• Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis, music by Philippe Rombi

Burn After Reading, music by Carter Burwell

• Fool’s Gold, music by George Fenton

• Leatherheads, music by Randy Newman

• Tropic Thunder, music by Theodore Shapiro

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE FILM

• The Dark Knight, music by James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer

• Hancock, music by John Powell

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, music by John Williams

• Speed Racer, music by Michael Giacchino

• Wanted, music by Danny Elfman

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION FILM

• The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, music by Harry Gregson-Williams

• City of Ember, music by Andrew Lockington

• Hellboy II: The Golden Army, music by Danny Elfman

Inkheart, music by Javier Navarrete

• The Spiderwick Chronicles, music by James Horner

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A HORROR/THRILLER FILM

The Happening, music by James Newton Howard

• Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In), music by Johan Söderqvist

• Mirrors, music by Javier Navarrete

• Twilight, music by Carter Burwell

• Valkyrie, music by John Ottman

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE

• Bolt, music by John Powell

• Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on the Cliff), music by Joe Hisaishi

• Horton Hears a Who!, music by John Powell

Wall'E, music by Thomas Newman

• Waltz with Bashir, music by Max Richter

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

• The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos, music by The Cinematic Orchestra

• Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about his Father, music by Kurt Kuenne

• Night, music by Cezary Skubiszewski

Standard Operating Procedure, music by Danny Elfman

• Tabarly, music by Yann Tiersen

 

FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR

Cloverfield: “Roar! Overture,” music by Michael Giacchino

• The Happening: “Be With You,” music by James Newton Howard

• Valkyrie: “They’ll Remember You,” music by John Ottman and Lior Rosner

• Wall'E: “Define Dancing,” music by Thomas Newman and Peter Gabriel

• Wanted: “Success Montage,” music by Danny Elfman

 

OTHER CATEGORIES:

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR TELEVISION

• Battlestar Galactica (Season 4), music by Bear McCreary

John Adams, music by Robert Lane and Joseph Vitarelli

• Merlin, music by Robert Lane

• Lost (Season 4), music by Michael Giacchino

• Pane e Libertà, music by Ennio Morricone

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A VIDEO GAME OR INTERACTIVE MEDIA

• Afrika, music by Wataru Hokoyama

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, music by Knut Avenstroup Haugen

• Gears of War 2, music by Steve Jablonsky

• Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, music by Chris Tilton

• Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, music by Mark Griskey

 

BEST NEW RELEASE/RE-RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE

• Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, music by Jerry Goldsmith; produced by Douglass Fake (Intrada)

• Body Double, music by Pino Donaggio; produced by Douglass Fake (Intrada)

The Boys from Brazil, music by Jerry Goldsmith; produced by Douglass Fake (Intrada)

• Heavy Metal, music by Elmer Bernstein; produced by Lukas Kendall (Film Score Monthly)

• The Matrix: The Deluxe Edition, music by Don Davis; produced by Don Davis and Robert Townson (Varèse Sarabande)

 

BEST RE-RECORDING OF AN EXISTING SCORE

El Cid, music by Miklós Rózsa; conducted by Nic Raine, produced by James Fitzpatrick (Tadlow)

• The Kentuckian/Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot, music by Bernard Herrmann; conducted William Stromberg; produced by Anna Bonn, John Morgan and William Stromberg (Tribute Film Classics)

• Odna (Alone), music by Dmitri Shostakovich; conducted by Mark Fitzgerald, produced by Hans-Bernhard Bätzing ( Naxos)

• She, music by Max Steiner; conducted William Stromberg; produced by Anna Bonn, John Morgan and William Stromberg (Tribute Film Classics)

• An Unfinished Life – Piano Sketches, music by Christopher Young; performed by Dave Guili, produced by Flavio Motalla and Christopher Young (BSX)

 

BEST COMPILATION ALBUM OR BOX SET

• Gangs of New York/The Journey of Natty Gann/The Scarlet Letter, music by Elmer Bernstein; produced by Robert Townson (Varèse Sarabande)

Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection, music by John Williams; produced by Laurent Bouzereau ( Concord)

• Le Cinéma de Georges Delerue, music by Georges Delerue; produced by Stéphane Lerouge (Universal Music France)

• MGM Soundtrack Treasury, various composers; produced by Lukas Kendall (Film Score Monthly)

• Superman: The Music, various composers; produced by Mike Matessino and Lukas Kendall (Film Score Monthly)

 

FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR

• Film Score Monthly

Intrada

• La-La Land

• MovieScore Media

• Varèse Sarabande

 

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) is an association of online, print and radio journalists who specialize in writing about original film and television music.

The IFMCA was originally formed in the late 1990s as the now-defunct “Film Music Critics Jury” by editor and journalist Mikael Carlsson, a regular contributor to filmmusicradio.com and filmmusicmag.com, and the owner of the Swedish independent film music label MovieScore Media.

Since its inception, the IFMCA has grown to comprise over 50 members from ountries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Previous IFMCA Score of the Year Awards have been awarded to:

Dario Marianelli’s ATONEMENT in 2007
James Newton Howard’s LADY IN THE WATER in 2006
John Williams’ MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA in 2005
Michael Giacchino’s THE INCREDIBLES in 2004

For more information about the International Film Music Critics Association, its members and the list of past awards, please visit http://www.filmmusiccritics.org or contact press@filmmusiccritics.org

 

 


 

BEST FILM MUSIC OF THE YEAR

 


 

Categories:

Best Gold Age Soundtracks
Best Silver Age Soundtracks
Best Bronze Age Soundtracks
Best Compilation CDs
Best DVDs
Best Film Book
Best Album Producers
Best Record Labels

Click on this link to read our reviewers picks:

Best Film Music for 2008


Dimitri Tiomkin's WONDERFUL LIFE

Read about Dimitri Tiomkin's "wonderful" score at

Film Focus No. 6

 


Film Music Books

The updated 3rd edition of
A Guide to Film Music
is available from PineTree Press.

When you order this guide you will also receive a Free CD-R with
film music examples.

Click on this link:

Film Composers and Soundtracks

 

 

See a list of other film music books at the

FMR Home Page

 


 

Ratings and FMR Issues


 

FMR rating system for CDs and DVDs:

**** = Superlative (Highest Recommendation)

***1/2 = Very Good

*** = Good

**1/2 = Okay

** = Barely Passable

* = Poor

The Special Merit CDs are chosen at any time during a month for outstanding overall production of a soundtrack or compilation.

The Editor's Choice - Best of the Month designation is for those CDs that are singled out for their excellence. They are chosen anytime within a given month and may not be chosen every month.

2008 (Volume 10)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)

2007 (Volume 9)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (January - February)

Number 2 (March - April)

Number 3 (May - June)

Number 4 (July - August)

Number 5 (September - October)

Number 6 (November - December)

 

2006 (Volume 8)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (January - February)

Number 2 (March - April)

Number 3 (May - June)

Number 4 (July - August)

Number 5 (September - October)

Number 6 (November - December)

 

1998 - 2005

(Volumes 1 - 7, No longer available)

 


The Sammy Film Music Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New!

The 21st Annual Sammy Awards

for film music CDs

have been announced

here

 

 

See also

20th Annual Sammy Awards

19th Annual Sammy Awards

18th Annual Sammy Awards

The Sammy Awards (1988 - 2007)

 

 


Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

 

See the list at

100 Essential Film Scores

 

 

 

 


 

Film Focus

 

The series devoted to a composer and one major film score

 

No. 1: Hugo Friedhofer and
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

 

 

 

 

No. 2: Miklós Rózsa and
PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 3: Max Steiner and
KING KONG

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 4: Elmer Bernstein and
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS


 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 5: Bernard Herrmann and VERTIGO

 

 

 

 

No. 6: Dimitri Tiomkin and
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Best of the Month for 2009

New!

 

 

Best of the Month for January

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON --
music by Alexandre Desplat

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for February

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE --
music by Max Steiner

 

 

 


 

New Soundtrack and Compilation Reviews

 

 

 


THE DEAD POOL -- music by Lalo Schifrin

 

 

 

 

 


DISCOVER FILM MUSIC
(2 CD compilation with 165 page booklet)

 

 

 

 

 

MAX AND HELEN & THE OASIS --
music by Christopher Young

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAR CRASH -- music by John Barry

 

 

 


 

Recommended DVDs and Books (2008-2009)

 


NEW!

CAPTAIN ABU RAED
Rating: ****

 

THE FORD AT FOX COLLECTION:
THE ESSENTIAL JOHN FORD


DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
MY DARLING CLEMENTINE
FRONTIER MARSHAL
BECOMING JOHN FORD

Capsule review: This set is a bit disappointing, especially the awkwardly filmed and edited documentary, "Becoming John Ford." Commentary by Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman on DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK is very good. Film transfers are clean and sharp, but with great scores by David Buttolph and Alfred Newman, these classic films deserve to have isolated music tracks. Rating: ***1/2

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
2 Disc Deluxe Edition --
music by Dimitri Tiomkin

Rating: ****

 

 

THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW
(Guests: Dimitri Tiomkin & Dr. Samuel Hoffmann)

Rating: ***1/2

 

 

 

GARDEN OF EVIL (1954)
music by Bernard Herrmann
Isolated score track and commentary by
John Morgan, Nick Redman, Steven Smith, William Stromberg
[Included in FOX WESTERN CLASSICS box set]

Rating: ****

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Book

 

 

The Soundtracks of Woody Allen:
A Complete Guide to the Songs and Music in Every Film, 1969-2005
by Adam Harvey

 

 

 

 

 

 


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