Dimitri Tiomkin

Biography

Born: May 10, 1894; Kremenchuk, Ukraine   Died: November 11, 1979; London, England  
Dimitri Tiomkin was one of the most successful European emigre musicians in Hollywood. He studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under Alexander Glazunov and Felix Blumenfeld and, fleeing post-revolutionary Russia, moved to Berlin, where he studied with Busoni and established a duo-piano act with fellow St. Petersburg alumnus Michael Kariton. He made his debut as a concert pianist with the Berlin Philharmonic in Liszt's Concerto for piano in Read more A major in 1923, after which Tiomkin came to America on a vaudeville tour. That led to work with a dance company directed by Albertina Rasch, whom he subsequently married. He immersed himself in the music of Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and George Gershwin, and a meeting with Gershwin led to Tiomkin's playing the European premiere of the latter's Concerto in F at the Paris Opera in 1928. By 1929, the couple had moved to Hollywood, and Tiomkin joined the movie industry. His early assignments were generally unsatisfying and all connected with failed pictures. In 1937, he saw his first success with Frank Capra's Lost Horizon -- the hit movie was enhanced by Tiomkin's rich melodies and thick-textured orchestral and choral writing, evocative of late Russian romanticism. Although he was familiar with the developments of twentieth century music, Tiomkin was most successful working in a late Romantic idiom. In 1948, he scored Howard Hawks' Red River, his first western -- by this time, Tiomkin was so steeped in American music that his melodies seemed as old as the plains. His music for another western, Stanley Kramer's production of High Noon (1952), literally saved the movie, which had tested terribly in previews without music -- the title song became a hit single twice, and the song and score earned Tiomkin two Academy Awards. In contrast to High Noon was his harsh, dissonant score for Hawks' The Thing (1951), which was groundbreaking in its use of distorted instrumentation, setting the tone for science fiction music for 50 years. Tiomkin spent the rest of his career dividing his time between epic dramas, including Hawks' Land of the Pharaohs (where he reprised his Lost Horizon score) and George Stevens' Giant, and westerns, including Hawks' Rio Bravo (where he reprised his Red River score with words), and John Wayne's The Alamo, taking a detour into television for the theme from Rawhide. His last major scores were for the European-made epics 55 Days at Peking and Fall of the Roman Empire. Read less
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    Music For Alfred Hitchcock / Mauceri, Danish National Symphony
    Label: Toccata Classics   Catalog: 241 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bernard Herrmann,  Franz Waxman,  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Arthur Benjamin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Choir
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    Play It Again: Classic Sound Of Hollywood
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 303384 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Waxman,  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Daniele Amfitheatrof,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt,  Maurice Jarre,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Elmer Bernstein  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Hollywood
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Steiner,  Maurice Jarre,  Elmer Bernstein,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Howard McGill,  Mike Allen,  Kyle Horch
    Conductor:  David Firman
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Cinema Classics
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5202 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Steiner,  Elmer Bernstein,  Miklós Rózsa,  Richard Addinsell  ... 
    Performer:  Ronnie Aldrich,  Russ Conway
    Conductor:  Cyril Ornadel,  Al Caiola,  Ken Jones,  Billy Vaughn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Dreamers
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Melody Mixture
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5197 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dolf van der Linden,  Henry Mancini,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Dimitri Tiomkin  ... 
    Performer:  Tommy Reilly
    Conductor:  Ludo Philipp,  Frank Cordell,  Wal-Berg,  Wally Stott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fred Hartley Music
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    Alfred Hitchcock And His Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 3994372 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bernard Herrmann,  Arthur Benjamin,  Spoken Word,  Dimitri Tiomkin  ... 
    Performer:  Claire Henry,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Rebner,  Doris Day  ... 
    Conductor:  Elmer Bernstein,  Muir Mathieson,  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Franz Waxman  ... 
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    Movie Magic: Epics & Westerns / Carl Davis, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1934 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Francis Lai,  Maurice Jarre,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Stereo Into The Sixties
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5192 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Herman Clebanoff,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Performer:  Russ Conway,  Neill Sanders
    Conductor:  Frederick Fennell,  Herman Clebanoff,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferrante & Teicher
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    The Greatest Film Scores Of Dimitri Tiomkin / Kaufman, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 720 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dimitri Tiomkin
    Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
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    Great Motion Picture Themes
    Label: Sepia Records   Catalog: 1189 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Gold,  Manos Hadjidakis,  Elmer Bernstein,  Dimitri Tiomkin  ... 
    Performer:  Al Caiola,  Shelly Manne,  Gerry Mulligan,  Marilyn Monroe  ... 
    Conductor:  Don Costa,  Nick Perito,  Alfred Newman,  Jerome Moross  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferrante & Teicher,  The Modern Jazz Quartet
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    The Fabulous Film Themes [3 CD Set]
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 63242 Release Date: 03/06/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Francis Lai,  Leonard Rosenman  ... 
    Performer:  London Studio Orchestra
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    The Golden Age Of Hollywood Vol 2 / Serebrier, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Catalog: 22 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bernard Herrmann,  Max Steiner,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Elmer Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Clio Gould,  Jamie Talbot
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Happy Feet Two
    Label: Watertower Music   Catalog: 39268 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various,  Alecia Moore,  John Harris,  Dan Balan  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Flores Jr.,  Alecia Moore,  Common,  Beth Andersen  ... 
    Conductor:  Brett Kelly,  Dan Walker,  Brett Weymark
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    The Golden Age Of Hollywood
    Label: Royal Philharmonic   Catalog: 17 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerome Moross,  Bernard Herrmann,  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  Phil Todd,  Roderick Elms
    Conductor:  Royal Philharmonic Orches,  José Serebrier
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    The  Golden Age Of Light Music: Portrait Of My Love
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5179 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cyril Ornadel,  Eric Coates,  Cole Porter,  Sammy Fain  ... 
    Performer:  Cyril Ornadel,  Danish State Radio Orchestra,  Victor Silvester,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani  ... 
    Conductor:  Cyril Ornadel,  Robert Farnon,  Victor Silvester,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani  ... 
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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 56028 Release Date: 08/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lew Pollack,  Traditional,  Charles Gounod,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
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    Label: Goldies Records   Catalog: 7705693 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  Cole Porter,  Irving Berlin,  Frank Loesser  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music - Magical Melodies
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5170 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Farnon,  Joseph Kuhn,  Josef Myrow,  Willy Berking  ... 
    Performer:  Dolores Ventura
    Conductor:  Leslie Jones,  John Scott Trotter,  Hans-Georg Arlt,  Buddy Bregman  ... 
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    Lost Horizon - Classic Film Scores Of Dimitri Tiomkin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 77933 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dimitri Tiomkin
    Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Encores / Les Cris De Paris
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 888 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Zappa,  John Lennon,  Jerome Kern,  Madonna  ... 
    Performer:  Les Cris De Paris,  David Colosio,  Jean-Michel Durang,  Jean-Baptiste De Ereńo  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffroy Jourdain
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Cris de Paris
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    Spectacular World Of Classic Film Scores / Gerhardt, National PO
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 2792 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bernard Herrmann,  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Franz Waxman,  Miklós Rózsa  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Tonight - The Memorial Screen Music 2 / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35044 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Auric,  Helen Stone,  Traditional,  Dimitri Tiomkin  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Themes From Academy Award Winners
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60966 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Maurice Jarre,  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Henry Mancini,  Arthur Fiedler,  Charles Gerhardt,  David Raksin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mancini Chorus,  Mancini Orchestra,  Boston Pops  ... 
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    Triple Feature - Round Up, Time Warp, Hollywood's Greatest Hits
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 89006 Release Date: 11/23/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Donald Dorsey,  Richard Strauss,  Jerry Goldsmith,  Alexander Courage  ... 
    Performer:  Donald Dorsey,  Frankie Laine
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  May Festival Chorus
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    Drive Time - Route 66
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 94772 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferde Grofé,  Ennio Morricone,  Elmer Bernstein,  Dimitri Tiomkin
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