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Alex North (December 4, 1910 - September 8, 1991) was an American composer responsible for the first jazz based film score (A Streetcar Named Desire) and the first truly modernist film score (Viva Zapata!). December 4th redirects here. ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans at around the start of the 20th century. ... A film score is the music in a film, generally written for the film and often used to heighten emotions provoked by the imagery on the screen or by the dialogue. ... A Streetcar Named Desire is an Academy Award-winning 1951 film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. ... Modernism is a trend of thought that affirms the power of human beings to make, improve, deconstruct and reshape their built and designed environment, with the aid of scientific knowledge, technology and practical experimentation, thus in its essence both progressive and optimistic. ... Viva Zapata! is a 1952 biographical drama film directed by Elia Kazan. ...


Born "Isadore Soifer" in Chester, Pennsylvania, Alex North was an original composer probably even by the classical music standards of the day. However, he managed to integrate his modernism into typical film music leitmotif structure, rich with themes. One of these became the famous song, "Unchained Melody". Nominated for 15 Oscars but unsuccessful each time, Alex North and Ennio Morricone are the only film composers to receive the Lifetime Achievement Academy Award. Chester is a city in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, population 36,854 at the 2000 census. ... Modernism is a trend of thought that affirms the power of human beings to make, improve, deconstruct and reshape their built and designed environment, with the aid of scientific knowledge, technology and practical experimentation, thus in its essence both progressive and optimistic. ... Unchained Melody is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, by some counts having spawned over 500 versions. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Ennio Morricone. ... A film score is the background music in a film, generally specially written for the film and often used to heighten emotions provoked by the imagery on the screen or by the dialogue. ... The Academy Honorary Award is given irregularly by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to celebrate motion picture achievements that are not covered by existing Academy Awards. ...


His most popular film scores of those many not already mentioned are Spartacus, Cleopatra, Dragonslayer, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Devil's Brigade, and the rejected score for Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. His classical works include a Rhapsody for Piano, Trumpet obbligato and Orchestra. This article or section needs additional references or sources. ... Cleopatra is a 1963 film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. ... Dragonslayer is a 1981 fantasy movie set in medieval Britain. ... Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a play by Edward Albee that opened on Broadway at the Billy Rose Theater on October 13, 1962. ... The Devils Brigade is a 1966 book written by World War II combat pilot, novelist, and historian Robert H. Adleman in conjunction with Col. ... Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an artistically influential, Academy Award-winning and critically acclaimed American film director and producer. ... Look up rhapsody in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A grand piano, with the lid up. ... The trumpet is the highest brass instrument in register, above the horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... A philharmonic orchestra An orchestra is an instrumental ensemble, usually a fairly large instrumental ensemble with string, brass, woodwind sections, and possibly a percussion section as well. ...


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This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Romeo and Juliet by Ford Madox Brown A play, written by a playwright, or dramatist, is a form of literature, almost always consisting of dialog between characters, and intended for performance rather than reading. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Romeo and Juliet by Ford Madox Brown A play, written by a playwright, or dramatist, is a form of literature, almost always consisting of dialog between characters, and intended for performance rather than reading. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Cover to the Penguin Group edition. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Romeo and Juliet by Ford Madox Brown A play, written by a playwright, or dramatist, is a form of literature, almost always consisting of dialog between characters, and intended for performance rather than reading. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... The Innocents, 1961. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Romeo and Juliet by Ford Madox Brown A play, written by a playwright, or dramatist, is a form of literature, almost always consisting of dialog between characters, and intended for performance rather than reading. ... Incidental music is music in a play, television program, radio program or some other form not primarily musical. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Act 4 of Swan Lake: choreography by Petipa and Nureyev, music by Tchaikovsky. ... A Streetcar Named Desire is a famous American play written by Tennessee Williams for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... The Rainmaker is a 1956 film which tells the story of a middle-aged woman, suffering from unrequited love for the local town sheriff, who falls for a con man who comes to town with the promise that he can make it rain. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A film score is the music in a film, generally written for the film and often used to heighten emotions provoked by the imagery on the screen or by the dialogue. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... The Misfits is a 1961 American movie, written by Arthur Miller, directed by John Huston, and starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... A film score is the music in a film, generally written for the film and often used to heighten emotions provoked by the imagery on the screen or by the dialogue. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ...

External links

  • Alex North website maintained by his family.

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