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David Shire
David Shire

David Shire (born July 3, 1937) is an American songwriter and the composer of stage musicals and film and television scores. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 181 days remaining. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... The Fantasticks was the longest-running musical in history. ... 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. ...

Born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Buffalo society band leader and piano teacher Irving Shire, he met his long-time theater collaborator lyricist/director Richard Maltby, Jr. at Yale University, where the two wrote two musicals, Cyrano and Grand Tour, which were produced by the Yale Dramat. Shire also co-fronted a jazz group at school, the Shire-Fogg Quintet, and was a Phi Beta Kappa honors student, with a double major in English and music. He was a member of the Pundits and Elihu and he graduated magna cum laude in 1959. This article is becoming very long. ... Richard Maltby, Jr. ... Yale redirects here. ... The Yale Dramatic Association, also known as the Dramat, is one of the oldest college theater companies in the country. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at around the start of the 20th century, mostly popular in the 1920s. ... The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an honor society which considers its mission to be fostering and recognizing excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. ... Elihu is the fourth oldest senior society at Yale University. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ...

After a semester of graduate work at Brandeis University (where he was the first Eddie Fisher Fellow) and six months in the National Guard infantry, Shire took up residence in New York City, working as a dance class pianist, theater rehearsal and pit pianist, and society band musician while constantly working with Maltby on musicals. Their first off-Broadway show, The Sap of Life, was produced in 1960 at the Sheridan Square Theater in Greenwich Village. Brandeis University is a private university in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States. ... The United States National Guard is a component of the United States Army (the Army National Guard) and the United States Air Force (the Air National Guard). ... Infantry of the Royal Irish Rifles during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Infantry are soldiers who fight primarily on foot with small arms in organized military units, though they may be transported to the battlefield by horses, ships, automobiles, skis, or other means. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... The Washington Square Arch Greenwich Village (IPA pronunciation: ), also called simply the Village, is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City named after Greenwich, London. ...


Scoring career

Shire began scoring for television in the 1960s and made the leap to scoring feature films in the early 1970s. He was married to actress Talia Shire, for whose brother Francis Ford Coppola he scored The Conversation, perhaps his best known score, in 1974. He has since been known for creating interesting and effective scores for a wide variety of genres, including All the President's Men, The Hindenburg, Farewell My Lovely, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, and Return to Oz. He composed original music for Saturday Night Fever, and also worked on several disco adaptations including "Night on Disco Mountain." He won an Oscar in 1980 for Best Song for his title song for Norma Rae, "It Goes Like It Goes." He was also nominated the same year in the same category for "The Promise (I'll Never Say Goodbye" from the motion picture The Promise. In 1981 his song "With You I'm Born Again", recorded by Billy Preston and Syreeta, was a top five international hit and stayed on the pop charts for 26 weeks. In 2007, he returned to the spotlight with his score for David Fincher's film Zodiac. The 1960s Ashley Rocks! decadeHI refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Talia Shire (born April 25, 1946), is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... The Conversation is a 1974 mystery and thriller written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Robert Duvall (uncredited), Teri Garr, Cindy Williams, and Harrison Ford. ... Cover of 2005 printing All the Presidents Men is a 1974 non-fiction book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the two journalists investigating the Watergate first break-in and ensuing Watergate scandal for the Washington Post. ... The Hindenburg (1975) is a movie based on the disaster of the German airship Hindenburg. ... Robert Mitchum and Charlotte Rampling on the cover of the 1975 Penguin film tie-in edition Farewell, My Lovely is a 1940 novel by Raymond Chandler, the second novel he wrote featuring Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe. ... (Redirected from 2010: The Year We Make Contact) 2010: Odyssey Two, is a science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke (January 1982) and also a motion picture (1984) by Peter Hyams entitled simply 2010, or sometimes 2010: The Year We Make Contact. ... The 1985 film Return to Oz is a motion picture arguably created as an unofficial sequel to The Wizard of Oz. ... Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 movie starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a troubled Brooklyn youth whose weekend activities are dominated by visits to a Brooklyn discotheque. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Best Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... Norma Rae is a 1979 film which tells the story of a woman from a small town in the Southern United States who becomes involved in the labor union activities at the textile factory where she works. ... The Promise may refer to: in Music The Promise, a 1985 song from So Red The Rose, an album by Duran Duran side project Arcadia. ... David Leo Fincher (born August 28, 1962) is an American music video and film director known for his dark and stylish portraits of the human experience. ... Zodiac, a Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. ...

The Conversation featured an austere score for piano, with a catchy bluesy main theme. On some cues Shire took the taped sounds of the piano and distorted them in different ways to create alternative tonalities to round out the score. The music is intended to capture the isolation and paranoia of protagonist Harry Caul (Gene Hackman). The score was released on CD by Intrada Records. The Conversation is a 1974 mystery and thriller written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Robert Duvall (uncredited), Teri Garr, Cindy Williams, and Harrison Ford. ... The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that typically follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Eugene Allen Hackman[1] (born January 30, 1930) is an acclaimed Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Intrada is a retail store and record label that specializes in the release of film and television scores. ...

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is one of Shire's most effective scores. Shire composed a tone row and placed it against a funky beat for his main theme. It is intended to evoke the bustle and diversity of New York City, and is an unofficial theme for the 6 subway line (the local Lexington Avenue Line that is depicted in the film). The soundtrack album was the first ever CD release by Film Score Monthly. The end titles contain a more expansive arrangement of the theme. Shire received two Grammy nominations for his work on the film. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (also known as The Taking of Pelham 123) is a thriller movie released in 1974. ... In music, a tone row or note row is a permutation, an arrangement or ordering, of the twelve notes of the chromatic scale. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area... The 6 Lexington Avenue Local is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The Lexington Avenue Line (sometimes called the Lex or the IRT East Side Line) is one of the major IRT lines in the New York City Subway. ... Film Score Monthly was a magazine founded by Lukas Kendall in June 1990 as The Soundtrack Correspondence List. ...

Shire's musical theatre work, always in collaboration with lyricist Richard Maltby, Jr. includes the two off-Broadway reviews Starting Here, Starting Now (Grammy nomination for Best Cast Album) and Closer Than Ever (Outer Critic's Circle Award for Best Musical) and the two Broadway shows Baby (Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Score) and Big (Tony nomination for Best Score). All of these shows have had hundreds of regional and stock productions worldwide. A new musical entitled Take Flight is scheduled to premiere in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory in the summer of 2007. Richard Maltby, Jr. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album has been awarded since 1959. ... Baby is a 1983 Broadway musical, composed by David Shire with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... // 1940s 1949 Kiss Me, Kate - Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Bella and Samuel Spewack. ... The Tony Award for Best Original Score is the Tony Award given to the composers and lyricists of the best original score written for a musical in that year. ... Big: The Musical is a Broadway musical adapatation of the 1988 Tom Hanks film Big. ...

Shire's television scores have earned six Emmy nominations. He has scored over a hundred television movies, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, Raid on Entebbe, The Kennedys of Massachusetts, Serving in Silence and The Heidi Chronicles. He also composed themes for TV series such as "Alice" and "McCloud". An Emmy Award. ... Sarah, Plain and Tall is a childrens book written by Patricia MacLachlan, winner of the Newbery Medal and the basis for three television movies, starring Glenn Close and Christopher Walken. ... Raid on Entebbe is a 1977 TV movie directed by Irvin Kershner. ... The Heidi Chronicles (1995), is a made-for-television film (based upon the play of the same name which won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1989). ... Alice was an American television sitcom series which ran from August 31, 1976 to July 2, 1985 on CBS. The series was based on the movie Alice Doesnt Live Here Anymore (1974). ... McCloud featuring Dennis Weaver McCloud was an American television police drama that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1977. ...

Shire's individual songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Melissa Manchester, Maureen McGovern, Johnny Mathis, Billy Preston, Jennifer Warnes, John Pizzarelli and Pearl Bailey, among many others. Barbra Streisand (born April 24, 1942 as Barbara Joan Streisand), is an Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ... Melissa Manchester (born on February 15, 1951 at New York, New York) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. ... A former secretary, Maureen McGovern quickly became the new it singer in 1973 with the Oscar-winning Morning After. ... John Royce Mathis (b. ... William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. ... Drawing of Jennifer Warnes on the cover of her 1982 collection The Best of Jennifer Warnes Jennifer Jean Warnes (born March 3, 1947 in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter. ... John Paul Pizzarelli Jr. ... Pearl Bailey in “St. ...

Shire has been married to actress Didi Conn since 1982. He has two sons, Matthew (with Talia Shire), a Los Angeles screenwriter, and Daniel (with Didi Conn). Didi Conn (b. ...

Broadway credits

Anyone Can Whistle is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents. ... Original cast album Funny Girl is a semi-biographical musical based on the life and career of Broadway and film star and comedienne Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein. ... Original Broadway poster Baby is a musical with a book by Sybille Pearson, music by David Shire, and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. ... The Tony Award for Best Original Score is the Tony Award given to the composers and lyricists of the best original score written for a musical in that year. ... Company is a musical with a book by George Furth and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... In music, an arrangement loosely describes rewriting a piece of pre-existing music for a specific set of instruments or voices, often in harmony or with additional original material. ... Big: The Musical is a Broadway musical adapatation of the 1988 Tom Hanks film Big. ... Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ...

Off-Broadway credits

Closer Than Ever is a musical revue with words by Richard Maltby, Jr. ... Begun during the 1949-1950 theater season, the Outer Critics Circle Awards are presented annually for theatrical achievements both on and Off-Broadway. ...

Notable songs

  • "With You I'm Born Again" - lyrics by Carol Connors - international chart hit by Billy Preston and Syreeta
  • "Starting Here, Starting Now;" "Autumn" - lyrics by Richard Maltby - recorded by Barbra Streisand
  • "What About Today;" "The Morning After" - music and lyrics - recorded by Streisand
  • "The Promise (I'll Never Say Goodbye)" (Academy Award nominee) - lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman - recorded by Melissa Manchester
  • "It Goes Like It Goes" - lyrics by Norman Gimbel - recorded by Jennifer Warnes - (Academy Award winner)
  • "Coffee, Black" - lyrics by Maltby - recorded by John Pizzarelli

Carol Connors (born November 13, 1952) is an American erotic actress. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Alan Bergman (born 11 September 1925) is a prolific lyricist and songwriter, particularly of music for stage and film. ... Marilyn Bergman (née Keith, born 1929) is a composer, songwriter and author. ... Norman Gimbel is an Oscar- and Grammy-winning American lyricist of pop songs and movie themes. ...

External links

  Results from FactBites:
Filmtracks: David Shire Film Music (Compilation) (1196 words)
In fact, for fans of Shire music, it is indeed the MOTHER of all recent compilations.
Shire's pop style of the 70's drives me nuts, and it really doesn't build dark and realistic suspense in the film like it should.
Shire says that "accordings don't necessarily have to be a curse," and he is right; My Antonia is a pretty score.
Filmtracks: The Conversation (David Shire) (1333 words)
David Shire, brother-in-law of Coppola, was approached to score the film at a time in his career when he was looking for a big break.
Shire's own piano performances are, in many ways, the heart of the film, and in the film, they are an elegant way of allowing all the complex layers of sounds from Caul's work to take the spotlight.
David, of course, had the equipment to write and orchestrate a film score as good and big as any composer, so I worked with him almost as an actor, to move him to try something daringly simple, that did not show off all his great talents and abilities.
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