Music publisher Hal Leonard is preparing a Dimitri Tiomkin songbook, slated for publication in late spring. It is the largest collection of Tiomkin songs ever published, with nearly forty film songs, a number of stage songs, a wedding song, and a holiday song. Some of these works are being made available for the first time since their initial publication, while others are premier piano-vocal arrangements.
Orchestrator Patrick Russ reviewed, selected, and prepared the songs for publication, assisted by Paul Henning and Warren Sherk. During the compilation of the folio, it was determined that approximately 200 songs were written by Tiomkin from the 1920s through the 1960s. Of these, forty-seven made their way into the songbook; most of them were associated with films dating from 1952 to 1963. Olivia Tiomkin Douglas is thrilled that a new generation of singers and pianists will have access to this impressive repertoire.
The Tiomkin volume is the latest entry in the Hal Leonard catalogue of composer collections by film songwriters, including Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Walter Donaldson, Johnny Mandel, and Alan Menken. A collection of songs by Elmer Bernstein is currently in the works.
A feature article reviewing Tiomkin’s entire songwriting oeuvre will be posted in conjunction with the songbook’s release. Stay tuned.