Alfred Newman

Genres: Action & Adventure Movies Comedy Movies Drama Movies Movies Theme Kids & Family Movies Musicals & The Arts Mystery & Thriller Movies Silent Film Soundtrack War Shows & Movies Western Movies
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Decades: 2000s
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17 March 1901, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, d. 17 February 1970, Hollywood, California, USA. An important figure in the history of film music, Newman was a composer, conductor, arranger and musical director. A child prodigy on the piano, he went to New York before he was 10 years old, to study piano and harmony. At the age of 13 he was playing in several vaudeville shows a day, while also fitting in appearances as a soloist with various classical orchestras. In the 20s he conducted for the Broadway Theatre, and contributed the occasional song to shows such as Jack And Jill (‘Voodoo Man’, 1923). In 1930 he moved to Hollywood shortly after the movies had started to talk, and worked as an arranger and then a composer for United Artists, on films such as The Devil To Pay, Indiscreet, The Unholy Garden and Arrowsmith. His ‘immortal’ melancholy title theme for Street Scene (1931), echoed through the years in many a later film depicting urban decay....

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