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Composer: Tiomkin, Dimitri (1894-1979)

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Year of birth1894
Year of death1979
NationalityUnknown
Period20th century
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LondonPhilharmonia Orchestra - Christmas At The Movies

© Camilla Greenwell
Williams, Silvestri, Armstrong, Tiomkin, Various, Beltrami
Philharmonia Orchestra; Pete Harrison
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Opposites attract: sardonic Weill meets Korngold

James Gaffigan © Mat Hennek
The BBC Symphony Orchestra brought together the music of two very different composers forced into American exile by the Third Reich.
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Oscar night with Dimitri Tiomkin and the London Symphony Orchestra

Dimitri Tiomkin's four Oscars  ©  David Karlin, Bachtrack Ltd
If you were to go to a cinema in St Petersburg of the 1910s, the pianist playing the backing music to the silent movie might have been one of two Dimitris: a very young Shostakovich, or the slightly older Dimitri Tiomkin. While Shostakovich stayed to make his fame within classical music in Soviet Russia, Tiomkin went west and fetched up in Hollywood.
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