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date: 18 January 2020

Christlieb, Donlocked

  • Kimberly Woolly


(b Fullerton, CA, Oct 10, 1912; d Los Angeles, CA, Feb 16, 2001).

American bassoonist. He spent most of his musical career in Southern California, where he served as principal bassoonist with the Fox and MGM movie studios. He recorded hundreds of film scores, playing the first bassoon part for films such as Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, A Christmas Carol, Jane Eyre, and North by Northwest. Life in the studio orchestras during the “Golden Days of Hollywood” is well documented in his 1996 book, Recollections of a First Chair Bassoonist: 52 Years in the Hollywood Studio Orchestras. Christlieb also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Glendale Symphony, and he was a founding member of the Los Angeles Woodwinds. His association with the latter led to premiere performances of new works by Hindemith, Schoenberg, Boulez, and Stockhausen. Christlieb was also a pioneer in reed-making techniques and conducted important research on the performance characteristics of the Heckel bassoon. His findings and observations are recorded in the treatises ...

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