Tuesday, May 10, 2011
On this date in 1894, Dimitri Tiomkin was born. I'm not a big fan of his music. It does the job, but, among the early giants of the cinematic genre, he's not ranked highly in my book. However, there are a few pieces that masterpieces.
Perhaps the greatest of them is "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling" from High Noon. It captures the entire spirit of the film. I makes clear the human anxiety of abandonment and the inexorable pressure of duty. Yeah, it's a bit cheesy by modern standards, but that's more of a negative reflection upon modern times than upon Tiomkin's composition.
Here's a vid:
There are other noteworthy works, such as the theme to Rawhide:
Anyways, here's a link to Dimitri Tiomkin's Wikipedia page.
Here's a link to the High Noon Wikipedia page.
And here's Rawhide!!!