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Joan of Arc

This film is a re-telling of the famous story of Joan of Arc, otherwise known as the ‘Maid of Orléans.’ She was a historical character, born around 1412 and dying at the stake 30 May 1431, and has been the subject of several films and a great deal of literature, both fact and fiction. This […]

A Compositional and Orchestral Genius

Some of the greatest orchestral music ever composed in this country has been lost forever or attenuated into a shadow of its former self for inclusion into the motion picture for which it was written. I’m referring of course to the music composed for many of the classic [and not-so-classic] movies especially during the great […]

Hugo’s Pearls

A World Premiere of original compositions by the late Hugo Friedhofer that were recently discovered by Eleanor Angel. These previously undiscovered “attic wonders” will be performed by Eleanor Angel (viola) and Kumiko Uyeda (piano). Uncle Hugo said “Writing for Hollywood is like fake pearls for genuine swine”. Thus the title for this collection is Hugo’s […]

Interview with Hugo Friedhofer

David Raksin, the Oscar-nominated composer of LAURA, THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and dozens of other film and television scores, was writer and host of his own KUSC program in Los Angeles, The Subject is Film Music, in the 1970s. It included tribute shows to Korngold, Steiner, Newman… who were then gone, but had live […]

The Bishop’s Wife

In this centennial year of Hugo Friedhofer’s birth, we are pleased to present this premiere compact disc release of music from the original tracks of THE BISHOP’S WIFE, a work that film music historian Tony Thomas regarded as the composer’s “most charming score.” This is the second Friedhofer original score in the BYU Film Music Archives Soundtrack Series following the earlier CD of BROKEN ARROW.

Interview with Ray Faiola

As owner-operator of Chelsea Rialto Studios, Ray Faiola has restored for release over 75 motion picture soundtrack scores. Ray is also a professional 16mm film collector and is Director of Audience Services for the CBS Television Network. He is entering his 35th year of employment with the “Eye” network. Ray is also a professional stage […]

Two of a Mind: Friedhofer and Raksin

Although an abundance of great film music was created during the late ’40s and throughout the 1950s, the art at the time was unfortunately paid much less attention by critics and the general public than it had been during the peak of Hollywood’s Golden Age, or would subsequently be under the recent surge of interest […]

Meet our Team

We have been passionate & creative film music aficionados for many years and our dream was to launch a web site for Hugo Friedhofer who has a lasting impact on his fans. The hope is to be able to have this web site serve as a comprehensive resource of material about an American composer best […]

Boy on a Dolphin

Regarding film music in general, one might say that it is not in the nature of a film score to be wholly autonomous. In this respect it differs from music written for concert hall presentation in much the same way that a design for a stage setting differs from an easel painting. For example, a […]

The Academy Award

Scoring of the Dramatic Picture Oscar statuette awarded to Hugo Friedhofer for the 1946 THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES. Friedhofer, who was nominated in the music scoring category nine times, received the award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on 13 March 1950 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The […]