Max Steiner: Gone with the Wind#
After his studies, Max Steiner (1888 Vienna -1971 Beverly Hills/USA)
first worked at Venedig in Wien (Venice in Vienna), an amusement
park that belonged to his father (Fig. a) whose only remnant
today is the Giant Ferris Wheel which is the symbol of the Prater,
before he moved to America (Fig. b: Steiner as a conductor).
The sensational success of the film Gone with the Wind (Example,
main theme of the film) of 1939 owed a lot to the 192 minutes of music
that Steiner wrote for it. His flexibility and well-trained musical
talents combined with the ability to transfer traditional compositional
techniques such as Wagner's Leitmotiv to the film were the basis of
his own success. The guiding principle is to transfer the emotional
feeling of a scene to the viewer with music that never stands out,
similar to stage music or even program music. (M. Saary)
© Sound: 1995 EMI Classics 7243 5 55508 2, Interpreten: The New York Pops, Skitch Henderson (Leitung).