Egon Petri
Morris Gest
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ferruccio Busoni
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Jack Benny
(Movies & TV)
Miklos Rozsa

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Dimitri Tiomkin

Knowledge Identifier: +Dimitri_Tiomkin


Dimitri Tiomkin

Russian-born Hollywood film score composer and conductor add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1894.

Countries: United States (60%), France (10%), United Kingdom (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Egon Petri, Morris Gest, Ralph Vaughan Williams

Linked to: Orpheum Circuit Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer




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Dimitri Tiomkin was born in 1894 add something


Max Linder - He began touring Europe with his films from 1911 to 1912, including Spain, where he entertained thousands of fans at the Barcelona train station, Austria, and Russia, where he was accompanied on piano by a young Dimitri Tiomkin


In 1920, while working for the Petrograd Military District Political Administration , he was one of the lead organizers of two revolutionary mass spectacles, the "Mystery of Liberated Labor," a pseudo-religious mystery play for the May Day festivities, and "The Storming of the Winter Palace" for the celebrations of the third anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution add something


In Berlin, from 1921 to 1923, he studied with the pianist Ferruccio Busoni and Busoni's disciples Egon Petri and Michael von Zadora add something


He moved to Paris with his roommate, Michael Khariton, to perform a piano duo repertory together, which they did before the end of 1924 add something


In 1925 the duo received an offer from the New York theatrical producer Morris Gest and went to the United States where they performed together on the Keith/Albee and Orpheum vaudeville circuits in which they accompanied a ballet troupe run by the Austrian ballerina Albertina Rasch add something


Tiomkin and Rasch's professional relationship evolved into a personal one, and they married in 1927 add something


He and his new wife went on tour to Paris in 1928, where he played the European premiere of George Gershwin's Concerto in F at the Paris Opera, with Gershwin in the audience add something


Beginning with "Lost Horizon" in 1937, through his retirement from films over four decades later in 1979, and up until modern times, he is recognized as being the only Russian to have become a Hollywood film composer add something


However, that goal ended abruptly in 1937 when he broke his arm, and he focused on a career as a film music composer add something


Between 1948 and 1958, his "golden decade," he composed 57 film scores add something


During the 1950s he was the highest paid film composer, composing for nearly a picture each month, achieving his greatest fame during the 1950s and 1960s add something


During the single year of 1952, he composed 9 film scores, including "High Noon", for which he won two Academy awards add something


During the ceremonies in 1955, Tiomkin humorously thanked all of the earlier composers who had influenced him in writing the music for the Wellman film, including Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and other names from the European classical tradition add something


Upon receiving his Oscar in 1955 for "The High and the Mighty", he became the first composer to publicly list and thank the great European masters, including Beethoven, Strauss, and Brahms, among others add something


He appeared as a contestant on the 20 October 1955 episode of the TV quiz program "You Bet Your Life", hosted by Groucho Marx add something


Jimmie Haskell - He entered the motion picture soundtrack industry in 1960 as an uncredited orchestrator for Dimitri Tiomkin's "The Alamo" and composed his first score the following year "Love in a Goldfish Bowl"


These include being the mystery challenger on "What's My Line-" and an appearance on Jack Benny's CBS program in December 1961, in which he attempted to help Benny write a song add something


Mitch Miller - In 1961, Miller provided two choral tracks set to Dimitri Tiomkin's title music on the soundtrack to "The Guns of Navarone"


The song carried on in a 1976 David Bowie's cover add something


Dimitri Tiomkin died in London, England in 1979 and was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California add something

Dimitri Tiomkin died in 1979 add something


In 1981, a shorter version of Bowie's recording was released as a single, which became a hit in the UK charts add something


The series began with the issuance of the Elvis Presley in 1993, and Tiomkin's image was added as part of their "Hollywood Composers" selection add something


In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service added his image to their "Legends of American Music" stamp series add something


Hollywood Symphony Orchestra - Composers represented in 2006 included Miklós Rózsa, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Maurice Jarre, Victor Young, Dimitri Tiomkin, Craig Armstrong, Clint Eastwood, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Dave Grusin, Alex North, John Scott, Sergei Prokofiev, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Max Steiner, Don Davis, Ernest Gold, Bernard Herrmann


In 2014, his theme songs to "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Giant" were played during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia add something


The Wild Wild West - In On July 11, 2017, La-La Land Records released a limited edition 4-disc set of music from the series, featuring Richard Markowitz's theme, episode scores by Markowitz, Robert Drasnin, Dave Grusin, Richard Shores, Harry Geller, Walter Scharf, Jack Pleis and Fred Steiner, and Dimitri Tiomkin's unused theme music