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date: 18 January 2020

Hopkins, Kenyonlocked

  • Ross Care


(b Coffeyville, KS, Jan 15, 1912; d Princeton, NJ, April 7, 1983). American composer, arranger, recording artist, and conductor. He studied theory and composition at Oberlin College and Temple University, where he graduated in 1933. In New York he arranged for Andre Kostelanetz and Paul Whiteman, and for radio and theater. Hopkins joined the Coast Guard during World War II, and returned to a variety of musical activities. During the 1950s he was primary composer and arranger for Radio City Music Hall.

In spite of working mostly in New York, Hopkins was part of the new wave of Hollywood composers in the 1950s who eschewed the heavy sound of classic symphonic scoring and introduced a less-is-more, often jazz-influenced sound into the Hollywood of the post-studio era. His total score for Twelve Angry Men (1957) is only eight minutes in length.

Hopkins’s first feature score, for Elia Kazan’s controversial production of Tennessee Williams’s ...

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