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August 2019
The letters of Leonid Kinskey to Dimitri and Olivia Tiomkin

Leonid Kinskey, best known for portraying the character Sascha the bartender in the film Casablanca, sent a handful of letters to Dimitri (“Dimochka”) and Olivia Tiomkin in the Spring and Fall of 1978. [Scroll to the bottom of this post … Read More…

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Tiomkin on TCM, August 2019

Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the premium cable network, will air the following Dimitri Tiomkin-scored films during August. Note times are Eastern time (ET) and Pacific time (PT). MEET JOHN DOE (1941) August 1, 7:45 a.m. (ET)/4:45 a.m. (PT) THE WESTERNER (1940) August 11, … Read More…

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July 2019
The Sheet Music of Dimitri Tiomkin

by Phil Lehman In his illustrious career, Dimitri Tiomkin wrote more than 120 scores for films beginning with RESURRECTION in 1929 through TCHAIKOVSKY in 1971. In addition to composing music, Tiomkin wrote many songs created as an intricate part of his music … Read More…

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June 2019
Research sheds new light on Michael Khariton and Dimitri Tiomkin

by Warren M. Sherk In June 2006, this website posted an article on Michael Khariton and Dimitri Tiomkin that documented the intersection of their pianistic careers, taking them from Berlin to Paris to New York during the Roaring Twenties. Now, … Read More…

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May 2019
The True Experience I’ll Never Forget by Dimitri Tiomkin

This apparently unpublished manuscript—reproduced in its entirety below—on perfection in music by composer Dimitri Tiomkin is centered around an anecdote about composer-pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. But film music enthusiasts and those in cinema studies may find the material Tiomkin wrote about … Read More…

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April 2019
Tiomkin scores fêted festival film gratis

by Warren M. Sherk In 1962, Dimitri Tiomkin was so deeply sold on the talents of the twenty-something year-old-artists that filmed Without Each Other, he made a personal effort to bring them to the attention of Hollywood. And he scored … Read More…

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March 2019
Why did Dimitri Tiomkin bow out of scoring two Robert Aldrich films?

Part 2 of 2. By Warren M. Sherk In late December 1960 when Dimitri Tiomkin withdrew from scoring the Robert Aldrich film Day of the Gun—the working title for The Last Sunset—the explanation given in the press was Tiomkin’s partnership with Cinerama … Read More…

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Nasrollah Davoodi lectures on Dimitri Tiomkin in Tehran, February 14th, 2019

Nasrollah Davoodi, an Iranian composer and film music researcher, will deliver a lecture on Dimitri Tiomkin at the Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran on Thursday, February 14th, 2019, at 5 pm. “Dimitri Tiomkin: A Russian Composer Who Created the Most American Film … Read More…

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January 2019
Behind the photograph: Dimitri Tiomkin in Moscow

This portrait of Dimitri Tiomkin bundled up and dressed in a fur-lined coat was taken in snowbound Moscow on one of several trips by the composer and producer to the USSR in 1965 and 1966. What drew Tiomkin to Moscow during the … Read More…

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Classic FM picks Red River as the Greatest Western Movie Score, April 2018

Topping the list of Classic FM’s “The greatest Western movie scores” is Dimitri Tiomkin’s score for Red River. Classic FM, an independent National Radio station in the United Kingdom, broadcasts “The World’s Greatest Music” and has been a proponent of Tiomkin’s … Read More…

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