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ALFRED NEWMAN

Alfred Newman was born into a poor Connecticut family in March 1901, one of ten children. Yet he received good musical education and one of his most notable mentors was Arnold Schoenberg. While in his teens, he showed promising sign on the piano, in composition and conducting. At the age of 19, George White Scandals, musical director of the Broadway Hit, appointed him as the youngest conductor to appear on Broadway. In 1930 he moved to Hollywood with the idea of being a writer and conductor of musicals. It was an over-subscribed profession, but he found a market for his work in various film studios. In 1939 he was appointed head of music for 20th Century Fox, though at that time he would still have stated a reluctance to commit his life to films. He was also involved with conducting the recently formed Hollywood Bowl orchestra, though he disliked appearing in the public gaze.

Of all the talented, groundbreaking composers active during Hollywood’s golden age, Alfred Newman was perhaps the most powerful, most influential and certainly most insightful. He remained with 20th Century Fox until 1960, during which time he worked on 225 films, winning nine Academy Awards, and receiving 45 nominations. He never retired, completing his score for the film Airport only weeks before his death in 1970. He was a perfectionist, and was to have one of the most significant influences on film music in the second half of the century.


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
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Role: Classical Composer 
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CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Naxos
8.555029
Film and TV Music
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL (A) Naxos International
8.990005
Film and TV Music
Classic Film Scores Naxos International
8.990034
Film and TV Music
CLASSICS GO TO WAR Naxos
8.570154-55
Film and TV Music
FILM THEMES FOR ORGAN (Carter) Delos
FA8102
Film and TV Music
GERSHWIN, G. - Conversations with I. Gershwin, Astaire, Levant, Whiteman, Schwarz and Alfred Newman (Thomas) Delos
FA8100
Interview
GOMEZ, V.M.: Blood and Sand / The Fighter (Gomez Quintet) (1941, 1952) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80994
Film and TV Music
Great Hollywood Epics Naxos International
8.990024
Film and TV Music
HERRMANN / NEWMAN: Egyptian (The) Naxos
8.557702
Film and TV Music
HERRMANN / NEWMAN: Egyptian (The) Marco Polo
8.225078
Film and TV Music
Historical Romances Marco Polo
8.223608
Film and TV Music
Majestic Marches Naxos
8.550370
Film and TV Music
MERRY X'MAS Naxos
8.554906DX
Film and TV Music
MONROE, Marilyn: Original Recordings (Love, Marilyn) (1953-1958) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120891
Nostalgia
NEWMAN, A.: Captain from Castile (20th Century Fox Studio Orchestra, Newman) Delos
FA8103
Film and TV Music
NEWMAN: Hunchback of Notre Dame (The) / Beau Geste Marco Polo
8.223750
Film and TV Music
NEWMAN: Hunchback of Notre Dame (The) / Beau Geste / All About Eve Naxos
8.570187
Film and TV Music
The Egyptian Naxos
8.554913DX
Film and TV Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Hands Across the Sea Altissimo
75442260442
Film and TV Music

Role: Non-Classical Composer 
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AIR COMBAT COMMAND HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Jazz Sketches Altissimo
75442261662
Contemporary Jazz
HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL, VOL. 7: 1957 Pop, Part 3 Naxos Rock Legends
9.82520
Pop and Rock

Role: Lyricist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
GOMEZ, V.M.: Blood and Sand / The Fighter (Gomez Quintet) (1941, 1952) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80994
Film and TV Music
HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL, VOL. 7: 1957 Pop, Part 3 Naxos Rock Legends
9.82520
Pop and Rock

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