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Encyclopedia > Thomas Newman
Thomas Newman
Thomas Newman with his BMI Film Music Award
Thomas Newman with his BMI Film Music Award
Background information
Birth name Thomas Montgomery Newman
Born October 20, 1955
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States United States
Occupation(s) Film score composer

Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film score composer. He is a member of a film-scoring dynasty in Hollywood that includes his father Alfred Newman, his uncle Lionel Newman, his brother David Newman and his cousin Randy Newman, who is also a singer and songwriter. Image File history File links Thomas_Newman_with_Oscar. ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Los Angeles, L.A., and LA redirect here. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... 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. ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Los Angeles, L.A., and LA redirect here. ... 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. ... ... Alfred Newman (March 17, 1900 – February 17, 1970) was a major American composer of music for films. ... Born in New Haven, Conn. ... David Newman (b. ... Randall Stuart Randy Newman (born 28 November 1943) is an American songwriter, arranger, singer and pianist who is notable for his mordant pop songs and for his many film scores. ...


Newman was educated at Yale University, and began his film-scoring career in 1984 with his score for Reckless. His breakthrough came in 1994, when he earned two Academy Award nominations for his scores to Little Women and The Shawshank Redemption. He has achieved significant critical and commercial success in recent years, with scores for American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Finding Nemo and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Yale redirects here. ... 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. ... Little Women is the 1994 film version of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel, Little Women adapted by Robin Swicord and directed by Gillian Armstrong. ... The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 movie, written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. ... American Beauty is a 1999 drama film that explores themes of love, freedom, self-liberation, the search for happiness, and family against the backdrop of modern American suburbia. ... Road to Perdition is a graphic novel written by Max Allan Collins and illustrated by Richard Piers Rayner that was made into a motion picture of the same name in 2002. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that may be overly long, confusing, or ambiguous. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


Newman also composed the theme music to the television series Boston Public and Six Feet Under, as well as the miniseries Angels in America. He will compose the music for the upcoming film Young Hannibal: Behind the Mask and the Todd Field film Little Children. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Six Feet Under was a popular and critically acclaimed American television drama produced by HBO. It first aired on June 3, 2001 and concluded its fifth and final season on August 21, 2005. ... Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is a play in two parts by American playwright Tony Kushner. ... Little Childrenis a recently released film directed by Todd Field, based on the novel by Tom Perrotta. ...


Musical Style

Newman's earliest scores from the 1980s were predominantly electronic. Starting with The Rapture in 1991, his scores have alternated a more traditional orchestral sound with other passages that use a shifting array of unconventional, non-Western, and modified instruments, such as processed hurdy gurdy, detuned mandolin, tabla, and xaphoon, as well as electronic elements to create a percussive, gamelan-like sound. Chas Smith and Rick Cox are frequent collaborators when Newman works in this style. Some of his scores lean more heavily towards one or the other of these modes; the scores for The Player, American Beauty, and Erin Brockovich exemplify his more percussive, "experimental" sound, while his scores for The Shawshank Redemption and Road to Perdition use conventional orchestration equally effectively. The Rapture is a 1991 psychological/religious drama film starring Mimi Rogers, Darwyn Carson, Patrick Bauchau, Marvin Elkins, David Duchovny, and Stephanie Menuez; directed by Michael Tolkin; rated R; 100 minutes long; and produced by New Line Cinema. ... Drawing of a hurdy gurdy A hurdy gurdy (alternately, hurdy-gurdy) is a stringed musical instrument. ... Carved (electric) and round backed mandolins (front) A mandolin is a small, stringed musical instrument which is plucked, strummed or a combination of both. ... A typical set of Tabla. ... Bamboo xaphoons The Xaphoon (also known as Maui Xaphoon or Bamboo Sax) is a single-reed keyless bamboo wind instrument. ... Gamelan - Indonesian Embassy in Canberra A gamelan is a kind of musical ensemble of Indonesian origin typically featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums, and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings, and vocalists may also be included. ... Chas Smith is an author, musician, radio personality, and a Cleveland State University music professor. ... The Player (1992) is a movie that tells the story of Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins), a Hollywood studio executive who believes he is being blackmailed by a screenwriter whose script he once rejected. ... American Beauty is a 1999 drama film that explores themes of love, freedom, self-liberation, the search for happiness, and family against the backdrop of modern American suburbia. ... Erin Brockovich is a 2000 movie which dramatizes the story of Erin Brockovichs first fight against the West Coast energy giant PG&E. The film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and featured superstar Julia Roberts in the lead role for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. ... The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 movie, written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. ... Road to Perdition is a graphic novel written by Max Allan Collins and illustrated by Richard Piers Rayner that was made into a motion picture of the same name in 2002. ...


Credits

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It first aired on June 3, 2001 and concluded its fifth and final season on August 21, 2005. ... Photek is Rupert Parkes (born 1972, St Albans, England), a Los Angeles based record producer and dj. ... Rae & Christian are Grand Central Records founder Mark Rae and fellow producer and DJ Steve Christian. ... The Salton Sea is a 2002 film starring Val Kilmer directed by D.J. Caruso. ... Road to Perdition is a graphic novel written by Max Allan Collins and illustrated by Richard Piers Rayner that was made into a motion picture of the same name in 2002. ... White Oleander White Oleander is a 2002 drama film directed by Peter Kosminsky. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that may be overly long, confusing, or ambiguous. ... Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is a play in two parts by American playwright Tony Kushner. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... 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  Results from FactBites:
 
Thomas Newman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (356 words)
Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film score composer.
He is a member of a film-scoring dynasty in Hollywood that includes his father Alfred Newman, his uncle Lionel Newman, his brother David Newman and his cousin Randy Newman, who is also a singer and songwriter.
Newman was educated at Yale University, and began his film-scoring career in 1984 with his score for Reckless.
MusicWorld Feature: Richard Kirk Award Thomas Newman Fulfills the Promise of His Legacy (1037 words)
Thomas works in his dad's old studio in Pacific Palisades, although today it is filled with computers, unusual musical instruments and the high-tech gear that most modern composers use.
Thomas studied at both USC and Yale, was mentored by Broadway great Stephen Sondheim and backed into a film-scoring career when producer Scott Rudin hired him as a musical assistant on the 1984 teen-angst drama Reckless.
Newman's job on The Green Mile was to provide "a kind of hyper-reality to intensify the sense of mysticism," the composer says.
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