Alfred Newman (March 17, 1900 – February 17, 1970) was an American composer, arranger, and conductor of film music. From his start as a music prodigy, he came to be regarded as a respected figure in the history of film music. He won nine Academy Awards and was nominated 45 times, contributing to the Newmans being the most nominated Academy Award extended family, with a collective 92 nominations in various music categories.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Newman composed the scores for over 200 motion pictures. Some of his most famous scores include Wuthering Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Mark of Zorro, How Green Was My Valley, The Song of Bernadette, Captain from Castile, All About Eve, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Anastasia, The Diary of Anne Frank, How The West Was Won, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and his final score, Airport, all of which were nominated for or won Academy Awards. He is perhaps best known for composing the fanfare which accompanies the studio logo at the beginning of 20th Century Fox's productions.
Newman was also highly regarded as a conductor, and arranged and conducted many scores by other composers, including George Gershwin, Charlie Chaplin, and Irving Berlin. He also conducted the music for many film adaptations of Broadway musicals (having worked on Broadway for ten years before coming to Hollywood), as well as many original Hollywood musicals.
He was among the first musicians to compose and conduct original music during Hollywood's Golden Age of movies, later becoming a respected and powerful music director in the history of Hollywood. Newman and two of his fellow composers, Max Steiner and Dimitri Tiomkin, were considered the "three godfathers of film music".
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Birth and Death Data: Born March 17, 1901 (New Haven), Died February 17, 1970 (Hollywood)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1956
Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, composer, arranger, piano, songwriter
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Recordings (Results 51-75 of 94 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||84047||3/3/1953||Call me Madam-Finale||Ethel Merman ; George Sanders||conductor|
|Decca||85267||9/28/1953||Love theme from The Robe||Hollywood Symphony Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||85268||9/28/1953||Village of Cana||Hollywood Symphony Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||87008||11/3/1954||Palm Sunday||Hollywood Symphony Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||87009||11/3/1954||The carriage of the cross ; The crucifixion||Hollywood Symphony Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||87010||11/3/1954||The song of the resurrection ; The big fisherman||Hollywood Symphony Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||87011||11/3/1954||The catacombs||Hollywood Symphony Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||87012||11/3/1954||The miracle||Hollywood Symphony Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||87013||11/3/1954||The better Kingdom||Hollywood Symphony Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||87097||11/29/1954||(There's no business like) Show business||Ethel Merman||conductor|
|Decca||87098||11/29/1954||Play a simple melody||Dan Dailey||conductor|
|Decca||87099||11/29/1954||After you get what you want, you don't want it||Dolores Gray||conductor|
|Decca||87100||11/29/1954||If you believe||Ethel Merman ; Johnnie Ray||conductor|
|Decca||87101||11/29/1954||There's no business like show business||Dan Dailey ; Mitzi Gaynor||conductor|
|Decca||87102||11/29/1954||When the midnight choo choo leaves for Alabam'||Dan Dailey||conductor|
|Decca||87103||11/29/1954||After you get what you want, you don't want it||Dolores Gray ; Johnnie Ray||conductor|
|Decca||87104||11/29/1954||Lany||Dolores Gray ; Donald O'Connor||conductor|
|Decca||87105||11/29/1954||Heat wave||Mitzi Gaynor ; Dolores Gray ; Ethel Merman||conductor|
|Decca||87106||11/29/1954||Alexander's ragtime band, part 1||Dan Dailey ; Mitzi Gaynor||conductor|
|Decca||87107||11/29/1954||Alexander's ragtime band, part 2||Dan Dailey ; Mitzi Gaynor ; Donald O'Connor ; Johnnie Ray||conductor|
|Decca||100953||11/23/1956||Anastasia||Victor Young and his Singing Strings||conductor|
|Decca||101218||12/19/1956||Tell my love||Victor Young and his Singing Strings||conductor|
|Decca||112742||11/8/1962||Theme from Anastasia||Alfred Newman Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 8543||6/28/1955||Heart wounds (from Elegiac Melodies for string Orchestra) (Grieg)||Alfred Newman Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 8544||6/28/1955||Last Spring (from Elegiac Melodies) (Grieg)||Alfred Newman Orchestra||conductor|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Newman, Alfred," accessed May 31, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105210.
Newman, Alfred. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 31, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105210.
"Newman, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 31 May 2023.
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