FAQ

Q: Where can I find information regarding Tiomkin’s music?
This site contains a database with information on music scores, sound recordings, cue sheets, and more. In addition to brief descriptions of the material, the location is also noted. Posters and other advertising and promotional materials (lobby cards, inserts, and so on) relating to films scored by Tiomkin are also cataloged. The Archive Search (on the left sidebar) locates film, television, and stage materials.

Much of the information regarding the Dimitri Tiomkin Collection at the University of Southern California’s Cinematic Arts Library is from “The Dimitri Tiomkin Collection: An Inventory of Music” by Harvey R. Deneroff (USC, 1981). There is also detailed information on recorded sound material in the Tiomkin Collection. The tape contents field information is from various written sources, including tape logs that accompanied the tapes. Contents were confirmed as the tapes were rerecorded to compact disc. Composers, lyricists, orchestrators, and arrangers are indexed. Writers of pre-existing works, including classical composers and songwriters, are not indexed. Names are indexed under a common spelling (e.g., entries citing P. A. Marquardt, Paul A. Marquardt, or Paul Marquardt are indexed under Paul Marquardt). “Film Composers in America” by Clifford McCarty (Oxford, 2000) was consulted for name authority for film composers and orchestrators.

Q: Where can I find Tiomkin’s scores?
A: The Dimitri Tiomkin Collection at the University of Southern California’s Cinematic Arts Library contains the most complete collection of Tiomkin’s music manuscripts and sound recordings in the world. Tiomkin’s composing career is represented through full scores, conductor scores, music sketches, and sound recordings. The material spans five decades, from the 1920s through 1960s, and therefore includes Tiomkin’s music for stage and ballet productions, as well as his prolific film oeuvre. To aid researchers, the sound recordings (including soundtracks and interviews) have been transferred to compact disc. Copies of all available DVDs and videos featuring Tiomkin’s music and personal appearances are available for viewing. Also included is material relating to his first wife, Albertina Rasch, including choreography on film, magazine articles, Broadway stage programs, and Hollywood Bowl appearances. The USC Cinematic Arts Library is located in Los Angeles, California, in the Doheny Memorial Library on the University Park campus, near downtown. Access to the Tiomkin Collection is by appointment through Special Collections. Contact Ned Comstock, archivist, for more information click here. The Warner Bros. Archives, also housed at USC, contains full scores and parts for more than a dozen films with music by Tiomkin. For more information click here. Resources are also available for research purposes at other institutions, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library, the British Film Institute National Library and National Archive, and UCLA’s music library.

Q. Where can I find published versions of sheet music and concert suites of Tiomkin’s music?
A. The Hal Leonard Corporation is the best source for printed music.

Songs
The Dimitri Tiomkin Anthology is the largest collection of Tiomkin music ever assembled. The volume includes Classic songs and themes from The Alamo, The High and the Mighty, High Noon, and Rawhide in piano-vocal arrangements.

Concert suites
A concert suite for It’s a Wonderful Life is aimed at professional symphony orchestras. It’s a Wonderful Life, with optional chorus, is also available in the Pop Specials for Strings series. Forthcoming is a suite from High Noon.

Digital downloads of printed music
To purchase digital downloads of sheet music such as “High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me),” “Friendly Persuasion,” “Rawhide,” or “Town Without Pity,” visit Sheet Music Direct.

Q: Where else can I find performance materials for Tiomkin’s film scores?
A: Themes & Variations rents orchestral scores and parts. Themes and suites from more than forty films scored by Tiomkin are represented, from The Alamo to The Young Land. John W. Waxman founded the company to meet the demand for symphonic performances and new recordings of motion picture and television music. All the works in the rental library are faithfully reconstructed from the original sketches and/or orchestrations. Themes & Variations serves orchestras and recording companies throughout the world. For more information click here.

Q: Who administers performance rights?
A: Tiomkin is a writer member of ASCAP and his publishing company, Volta Music Corporation, is a publisher member of ASCAP. For more information click here.

Q: Who do I contact for publication rights?
A: Copyright and publication rights vary film by film; however, Volta Music Corporation, Tiomkin’s music publishing company, is a good place to start.

Volta Music Corporation
c/o Kelman & Chan
23622 Calabasas Road, Suite 350
Calabasas, CA 91302

Q: Who do I contact for general or research questions?
A: Send an e-mail to info@dimitritiomkin.com.

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