Entertainment Weekly (EW) ranked It’s a Wonderful Life number 6 in the magazine’s July issue, “The 100 All-Time Greatest Movies.”
Frank Capra’s holiday classic has been treasured by three generations of filmgoers. Thanks in part to a concert suite published by Hal Leonard in 2009, the music score for the film has been performed around the world in recent years and is fast becoming one of Tiomkin’s most performed works. In concert Tiomkin’s music evokes memories of the film, a perennial Christmas favorite.
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The original orchestrations by Paul Marquardt and Christopher Palmer, arranged by Patrick Russ and Paul Henning, create a versatile three-movement work lasting three to eight minutes, depending on the movements selected for performance. The three movements are Prologue (2:00), from the opening of the film; Theme (2:45), which has an optional vocal soloist with choir; and Christmas Eve Finale (3:00), which features the complete setting, with optional choir, of the traditional holiday tune “Auld Lang Syne,” heard at the film’s conclusion.
A second Frank Capra film scored by Tiomkin, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, was ranked 45 in the same EW issue.