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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.

Broken Arrow

When Twentieth Century-Fox released BROKEN ARROW in late July 1950, the film had been completed for nearly a year. Darryl F. Zanuck, in charge of production at Fox, was waiting to see if James Stewart appealed to the public in his first Western, Universal’s WINCHESTER 73, which was made after BROKEN ARROW but released a little over one month ahead of the Fox film.

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 […]