Alfred Newman

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Alfred Newman (March 17, 1900 - February 17, 1970) is an American composer, arranger and conductor of film music.

Early life[change | change source]

Newman was born in New Haven, Connecticut to Russian-Jewish parents who emigrated shortly before his birth.

Film scoring career[change | change source]

1930s[change | change source]

Soon after Newman arrived in Hollywood in 1930 and finished directing the score for Reaching for the Moon, producer Samuel Goldwyn offered him a contract to continue on as a movie composer.

Death[change | change source]

Newman died on February 17, 1970 at the age of 69, a month shy of his 70th birthday, at his home in Hollywood, from complications of emphysema.

Legacy[change | change source]

During his career, Newman was regarded as one of the most important, most influential and most respected in the history of film music.

Partial filmography[change | change source]

Between 1930 and 1970, Alfred Newman wrote music for over 200 films of every imaginable type, including a score for the newsreel made from the World War II footage of the Battle of Midway.

Newman family[change | change source]

He married Martha Louise Montgomery, a former actress and have five children, David Newman, Thomas Newman and Maria Newman.

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