Under the Stars... The Piano Goes to the Movies
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Miklós Rózsa was born in Hungary in 1907. His musical training was done in Germany. He then lived worked and studied for extended periods of time in England, France, Italy and the United States. Although his film contributions were vast, he nevertheless maintained his strong allegiance to absolute concert music throughout his lifetime. Artists such as Heifetz, Piatigorsky and Starker were the artists of choice for his concert premieres. Rózsa was actually introduced to film music through his friend Arthur Honegger. Rózsa was hired to score Hitchcock’s Spellbound film after Bernard Hermann was found to be unavailable. The score was immensely successful and earned him his first Oscar. Hitch was not a big fan because he felt it was too dominant and impeded his direction of the film. Some of Rózsa’s major film credits include The Killers (1946), The Naked City (1948), Madame Bovary (1949), Ivanhoe (1952), Lust for Life (1956), Ben-Hur (1959), King of Kings (1961), and many, many more. His last film was Steve Martin’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982). He continued composing serious, absolute music until his death in 1995.
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