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Volume 15

Number 2

Summer - Fall 2013

 

Founder and Managing Editor:

Roger Hall


Contributing Writers:

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb


All three of our writers are members of the...

IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Titles (click on the links)

Latest news

The Sammy Film Music Awards

Best Film Music CDs of 2012

Ratings and List of FMR Online Issues

Film In Focus - A series about classic films and film scores

Editor's Choices and CD Reviews

FMR Editorials

Recommended DVDs and Books

Film Music Links

FMR Editorials

 

 

 

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CD: It's Magic - A One Hundredth Birthday Celebration
of movie songs by Oscar-winning lyricist, Sammy Cahn

 

 

 

An informative resource guide on DVD-ROM,
with illustrated book, 50 music examples and a video program.
Read more about the updated 5th edition at this link,

A Guide to Film Music

 

 



"The War of the Worlds"
A Radio and Film Score Rememebrance

 

 

 

Film themes and songs...

National Carry A Tune Week

 

Edmund Stone



An Interview with Edmund Stone
Host of "The Score"

 

Other past interviews with record producers:

James Fitzpatrick (Tadlow and Silva Screen)

David Schecter (Monstrous Movie Music)

 

 

 

 


Centennial Tributes

 


Jerome Moross (1913-1983)

Walter Schumann (1913-1958)

 

 

 

 

 

 

15th Anniversary FMR Special

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Our 15th Annual Best of the Year
Film Music Releases


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Favorite Film Music Poll


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In Memory of Ray Harryhausen

Article: From The Land Beyond Beyond:
An Intimate Personal Remembrance of Ray Harryhausen
by Steve Vertlieb


CD Review: MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
(In Fond Memory of Ray Harryhausen)
by Roger Hall

 

 

 

 

 

Bacharach is Back!

 

 

 

Retro CD Review: The Reel Burt Bacharach

 

 

 


John Williams: A Film Music Tribute

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Film Music Poll

Film Music Web Poll

 

See also these pages:


100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

Top Ten Movie Song Favorites

Twenty Essential Hollywood Musicals

 

Now On DVD

A play with music by Roger Hall,
based on a chapter of the famous utopian novel,
Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy,
now available on a multi-media DVD titled,

The Musical Telephone: A Romantic Narrative

 

 

 


List of CD, DVD and Book Reviews
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FILM MUSIC REVIEW
(1998 - 2012)


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Sammy Film Music Awards

 

The longest-running awards chosen
exclusively for film music recordings

The 25th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards have been announced!

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Read a special remembrance of
the man these awards are named after,


"High Hopes" -
Sammy Cahn Centennial Tribute

 

 

 

IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association

IFMCA Legends

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) is proud to announce the formation of the IFMCA Legends archive, celebrating the life and work of some of film music’s greatest historical artists.

Although the primary focus of the IFMCA is the celebration of the best in modern contemporary film music, it is also fully aware of the amazing legacy of groundbreaking music left by the classic Golden Age and Silver Age composers of decades past. To that end, the IFMCA has established the IFMCA Legends archive, which celebrates the work of these cinematic pioneers. Other than their musical contribution, the only other criteria necessary to become a member of the IFMCA Legends archive is to be deceased.

Each year, starting this year, IFMCA members will vote on new inductees who, in their opinion, have left an indelible mark on the world of film music through their groundbreaking scores, and who are deserving of recognition for their work. Each inductee will be the subject of an in-depth essay written by one of the IFMCA’s members, highlighting their life and most important scores, and which will be featured in a special new section on the IFMCA website.

For this inaugural year, IFMCA members chose five initial inductees. In future years, two new inductees will be chosen. The initial five inductees are:

 

 

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 Music from the Movies, and the owner of the Swedish independent film music label MovieScore Media. Since its inception, the IFMCA has grown to comprise over 40 members from countries 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.

The group’s main focus is the IFMCA Awards, which it presents annually to the best original scores from motion pictures, television and video games from the preceding calendar year. Previous IFMCA Score of the Year Awards have been awarded to Michael Giacchino’s UP in 2009, Alexandre Desplat’s THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON in 2008, Dario Marianelli’s ATONEMENT in 2007, James Newton Howard’s LADY IN THE WATER in 2006, John Williams’ MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA in 2005 and Michael Giacchino’s THE INCREDIBLES in 2004.

For more information about the International Film Music Critics Association, its members and the list of their awards, please visit them at this link: http://www.filmmusiccritics.org

 

 

 

The Best Film Music CDs of 2012

 


Read our film music critics picks for

Best Film Music Releases of 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

2013 (Volume 15)

Number 1 (Winter-Spring)

2012 (Volume 14)

Number 1 (Winter-Spring)

Number 2 (Summer-Fall)


2011 (Volume 13 )

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)

2010 (Volume 12)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)

2009 (Volume 11)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)


2008
(Volume 10)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

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)

 

Volumes 1 - 7
These reviews no longer available online.
Here is a link to the complete list of


CD Reviews (1999-2005)

These reviews are included on
the DVD,
A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC (4th edition)

 

Index to Volumes 1 - 14 (1998-2012)

nInCDs, DVDs and Book Reviews)

 

 

 

Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

 

See the list at

100 Essential Film Scores

 

 

 

 

 

FILM IN FOCUS

 

A series devoted to one film and its film score,
from the 1930s to 1960s

 

No. 1: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and
Hugo Friedhofer's Oscar-winning score

 

 

 

No. 2: PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE and
Miklós Rózsa's score

 

 

 

 

No. 3: KING KONG and
Max Steiner's milestone score

 

 

 

 

No. 4: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and
Elmer Bernstein's score


 

 

 

No. 5: VERTIGO and
Bernard Herrmann's score

 

 

 


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 7: THE SONG OF BERNADETTE and
Alfred Newman's Oscar-winning film score

 

 

 

 

No. 8: SOME LIKE IT HOT and
Adolph Deutsch's score

 

 

 

 

 


No. 9: PSYCHO and
Bernard Herrmann's score

 

 

 

 

No. 10: CITIZEN KANE and
Bernard Herrmann's first film score

 

 

 

 

No. 11: HIGH NOON and
Dimitri Tiomkin's classic film score

 

 


No. 12: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and
Elmer Bernstein's greatest film score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Editor's Choices and CD Reviews


Editor's Choices and highly recommended...

 

CHARADE (1963)
(Intrada CD)

 

 

 

DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962)
(Intrada CD)

 

 

HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941)
(Kritzerland CD, 1000 copies limited edition)

 

 

 

PREMINGER AT FOX (5 film scores, 1945-1950)
(Kritzerland 2 CDs, 1000 copies limited edition)

 

 

THE SALAMANDER (1981)
also includes music from
THE CASSANDRA CROSSING (1976) and RANSOM (1974)

 

 

THE SHOOTIST (1976)
also includes THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER (1965)
(La-La Land CD)

 

THE TALL TEXAN (1953)
(Monstrous Movie Music CD)

 

 

CD Reviews

 

 


BLACK BEAUTY (1994)

 

FIRE AND ICE (1983)

 

WYATT EARP ( 1994)
(La-La Land 2 CDs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended DVDs and Books

 

 

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)
(Blu-ray Special Edition)
Music by Bernard Herrmann


Isolated score track and
commentary by film & music historians: John Morgan,
Nick Redman, Steven Smith, William Stromberg

 

 

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

 

 

 

GARDEN OF EVIL (1954)
(Included in Fox WESTERN CLASSICS box set)
Music by Bernard Herrmann



 

 

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

 

 

 


 

The Robe


THE ROBE (1953)
(Special Edition)
Music by Alfred Newman


Commentary by
film composer David Newman,
film historians Jon Burlingame, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman


 

 

 

RecoRecommended Books

 

The Hollywood Film Music Reader
by Mervyn Cooke

 

 

Pick Yourself Up - Dorothy Fields and The American Musical
by Charlotte Greenspan

 

mmended Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

A HISTORY OF FILM MUSIC
by Mervyn Cooke

 

 

 

 

 

Alex North's A Streetcar Named Desire: A Film Score Guide (Scarecrow Film Score Guides)

 

Alex North's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE:
A Film Score Guide
by Annette Davison

 

 

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