For "Spanglish," composer Hans Zimmer took an ambitious route. He imported an Austrian string trio, coupled them with a virtuoso Brazilian guitarist and then tried hard not to write "comedy music."
Once upon a time, having a score thrown out was news (as when Bernard Herrmann was fired by Alfred Hitchcock on "Torn Curtain" or Randy Newman's music from "Air Force One"). Now scores are tossed at…
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences music branch has another controversy on its hands, as it struggles with who is and isn't nominated among 2003-2004 telepix and miniseries.
Music can create a mood, establish a setting and convey emotion quickly and efficiently -- something that longform TV producers have long known.
Elmer Bernstein, the Oscar-winning composer whose music graced such 1950s and '60s classics as "The Man With the Golden Arm," "The Magnificent Seven," "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Great Escape,"…
Jerry Goldsmith, an Oscar and multiple Emmy winner, and one of the most respected composers in film, died July 21 at his home in Beverly Hills after a long battle with cancer. He was 75.
Some of TV's most memorable music has been written for half-hour comedies: Think Earle Hagen's whistling intro for "The Andy Griffith Show," Vic Mizzy's kooky, spooky harpsichord in "The Addams…
In 1972, when "The Waltons" premiered on CBS, the nation was still mired in Vietnam. The Nixon administration was beginning to unravel. And 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by terrorists at the…