High Noon : Work information
- Dimitri Tiomkin ( Music, Images,)
- Performed by
- Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Davis (Conductor)
- Work name
- High Noon
- Work number
- 1952-00-00 02:00:00
- Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
- Alan Peters
- Dick Lewzey
- Recording date
A film composer with an incredible 23 Academy Award nominations, Dimitri Tiomkin is most famous for his scores to the Westerns High Noon (1952) and The Alamo (1960). During his career in Hollywood, he wrote for a range of genres, ranging from thrillers (Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder) to Science Fiction (The Thing from Another World).
Tiomkin was born in the Ukraine on 10 May 1894 and trained primarily as a concert pianist at the St Petersburg Conservatory and in Berlin. In 1928, he gave the European première of Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F at the Paris Opéra, but left Europe the following year to accompany his wife, choreographer Albertina Rasch, to Hollywood. The success of his music to Lost Horizon (1937) resulted in a thriving career in films.
During the Second World War, Tiomkin mainly worked on war documentaries, and it wasn't until the 1950s that his personal style began to crystallise. Influenced by the Russian and French concert hall music of the 19th and 20th centuries, Tiomkin's scores are colourful but compact, with a strong rhythmic drive. He was also a talented song-smith and wrote a number of songs for inclusion in his film scores, including 'The Green Leaves of Summer' from The Alamo. Tiomkin retired from Hollywood in 1968 having scored approximately 140 films, and settled in London. He died there on 11 November 1979.
Fred Zinnemann's 1952 classic High Noon is a masterpiece of dramatic suspense. Starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, and told in 'real-time', this psychological character study broke new ground for a Western. The film was rewarded with four Academy awards, including Best Song for Dimitri Tiomkin's Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'.