January 2014
Tiomkin 2014

The music of Dimitri Tiomkin continues to resonate with music lovers around the globe. 2014 will bring more opportunities for performances around the world, fueled by more concert suites, from interest generated from the issue of new recordings, and from the broadcast of the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics.

Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies, Sochi

Plans are underway to include Tiomkin’s music in the closing ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Twelve minutes of selections will include music from Cyrano de Bergerac, Giant, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Unforgiven.

Stage director Daniele Finzi Pasca selected Tiomkin to represent Russian composers, along with Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Shostakovich.

Apparently there is some choreography timed to the pieces. Perhaps fitting, since Tiomkin’s early works were written to be choreographed by his wife, Albertina Rasch.

The Closing Ceremonies will be broadcast on CBS on February 23.

Christmas at the movies

As in years past, the music from It’s a Wonderful Life could be heard around the world in December. After a performance in Glasgow, Herald Scotland arts editor Keith Bruce wrote “…a Dimitri Tiomkin suite from It’s A Wonderful Life was arguably in a class of its own…in a concert that showed how a popular programme can still be endlessly fascinating.”

READ: “Christmas at the Movies City Hall, Glasgow,” by Keith Bruce, December 24, 2013

Lost Horizon lives

Meanwhile, over at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City, California, artwork from Lost Horizon (1937) has been welcoming visitors inside the Madison gate near the studio entrance for 20 years. The studio has been part of the city’s history since it was built by Thomas Ince in 1915.

VIEW: Sony Pictures Entertainment Museum

Lost Horizon was a milestone score for Tiomkin. That score helped make Tiomkin’s reputation as a creator of music on a grand scale for large symphonic and choral forces. Tiomkin’s music for Lost Horizon was nominated for an Academy Award, although the nomination itself went to the head of the music department.

Closer to the Alamo

Sal Favia’s move to the Lone Star state was in part inspired by movies as well as music by Tiomkin. “Because the scores he wrote for ‘Giant,’ a great story about Texas, ‘The Alamo,’ another great story about Texas, that’s inspiring,” Favia said. “That’s the kind of music that stirred me, that made be decide I want to go to Texas some day and live there.” Favia, a collector of film soundtracks for more than 50 years, is now a Fort Worth resident.

READ: “This North Texas Man Has Collected Thousands Of Soundtracks And Dreams Of Opening A Museum,” by Bill Zeeble, KERA News, December 26, 2013

If you are interested in The Alamo, a Texas institution, check out the The Alamo Messenger, a monthly email publication edited by Steven Stoli with short, interesting and sometimes unknown stories about the Alamo and the Texas Revolution. Remember the Alamo through education.

Contact the Education Department of The Alamo through Museum Educator and Alamo Messenger publisher Sherri Driscoll, at the link below.

READ: “Education” at The Alamo

And the Oscar Goes To…

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present the world television premiere of And the Oscar Goes To… on TCM Saturday, February 1, the opening night of the 2014 edition of 31 Days of Oscar, leading up to ABC’s live Academy Awards telecast on March 2.

The brand-new documentary traces the history of the Academy Awards®. Produced by Telling Pictures, Inc., in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Academy) and Hollywood Newsreel, this fascinating special will take movie lovers on a journey through Hollywood history as it tells its story of the little statuette that became the industry’s most coveted prize.

Tiomkin’s acceptance speech for his Academy Award for best score for The High and the Mighty in March 1955 is included in the documentary. Oscar was written, directed, and executive-produced by Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt). Christopher Pavlick and Rick Spalla are also producers.

READ: And the Oscar Goes To… press release

2013 in review

Last year the music of Tiomkin was heard around the world, with concert performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, California Pops Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, The Hallé, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, and others.

Interest was spurred by concert suites from Alfred Music, the issue of the soundtrack for Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, remembrances from Jack Wallace and Tom Zepp posted on this site, and exhibitions in New York and Paris.

Visitors from 115 locations came to this website from as far afield as Gibraltar, Trinidad and Tobago, Nicaragua, and Saudi Arabia. The top 10 countries represented in 2103 were the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia, Canada, Ukraine, Spain, Australia, and Italy.

Films scored by Tiomkin could be seen at screenings at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Film Institute, British Film Institute, and on cable stations and television around the world. TCM was the perfect place to see such movies as The Thing From Another World with “an unforgettable score from composer Dimitri Tiomkin.” So writes Josh Brunsting, cinefile, critic, and a member of the Online Film Critics Society.

READ: “Armchair Vacation: Five Films To Watch At Home This Weekend (January 10-12),” by Joshua Brunsting, Criterioncast, January 10, 2014

As for events, “Tiomkin Days 2013 in Kremenchug” continues to raise the bar with each succeeding year in honoring a native son from Ukraine who made a name composing some of the great themes and melodies for some of the best-known films of the 20th century.

This website has been posting information about Tiomkin for more than 10 years, thanks to the support of Olivia Tiomkin Douglas.

We look forward to many more years of bringing the music of Tiomkin to music lovers around the globe.

Thanks for visiting www.dimitritiomkin.com.

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