9 Film Scores That Deserved a Pulitzer

The Pulitzer Prizes, handed out every April, are arguably the most prestigious prizes for journalism, arts and letters, and music in the U.S. Their monetary value is nominal; what matters is the prestige. In this month’s newsletter, I discussed the 2004 changes that came about in the Pulitzer rules allowing film music into consideration for… More

Of Mice and Men

CD Review: Of Mice and Men/Our Town

Aaron Copland only wrote a handful of film scores so the release of any new film music from this legendary composer is just cause of celebration. And the new Naxos premiere recording of Copland’s complete scores for OF MICE AND MEN (1939) and OUR TOWN (1940) is, dare I say, a landmark event in film… More

The City

DVD Review: The City

Year by year our cities grow more complex and less fit for living. The age of rebuilding is here. We must remould our old cities and build new communities better suited to our needs. So begins the 1939 documentary THE CITY. First shown at the 1939 World’s Fair, THE CITY was created by the American Institute of… More

The Heiress

A Woman of Independent Means

One of the great Oscar-winning performances and one of the great Oscar-winning scores, though few film score fans are familiar with it. THE HEIRESS stars Olivia de Havilland as mousy Catherine Sloper in turn-of-the-century Washington Square. She falls for money-grubbing, yet handsome, Montgomery Clift (and who wouldn’t!) against the wishes of her cruel, overbearing, and… More


You Have Cheated Me

“You Have Cheated Me”: Aaron Copland’s Compromised Score to The Heiress Published in Film Score Monthly May/June 2005   Aaron Copland arrived in Hollywood in 1938, and in little more than a decade he’d had enough. With his scores to Of Mice and Men (1939) and Our Town (1940), he created a new musical language… More