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date: 25 October 2020

Stoloff, Morrislocked

  • Kate Daubney


(b ?1898; d Los Angeles, CA, April 1980). Musical director, orchestrator, and conductor. He studied the violin with Leopold Auer from the age of 16, and during his early 20s became a first violinist with the Los Angeles PO, under Walter Henry Rothwell. In 1928, the year after the first sound film, he became concertmaster of the Paramount studios orchestra, and in 1936 he moved to Columbia studios as principal music director. He received 18 Academy Award nominations for musical direction. As department head at Columbia he received a nomination for Dmitri Tiomkin's score for Lost Horizon (1937), but he was nominated for his own work on films such as The Talk of the Town (1942) and A Song to Remember (1945), the latter of which renewed commercial interest in the music of its subject, Chopin. Stoloff was also the principal composer of the scores to ...

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