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Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood's Most Influential Composer

Steven C. Smith


During a seven-decade career that spanned from 19th-century Vienna to 1920s Broadway to the golden age of Hollywood, three-time Academy Award winner Max Steiner did more than any other composer to establish and codify the language of film music. Composers today like John Williams use the same techniques perfected by the classically trained Steiner, in his scores for such motion pictures as Casablanca, King Kong, Gone with the Wind, The Searchers, Now, Voyager, the Astaire-Rogers musicals, and more than two hundred other titles. Steiner’s private life was as tumultuous as the films he scored. B ... More

Keywords: film music, Hollywood, Gone with the Wind, King Kong, Casablanca, Academy Award, film composer, soundtrack album, David O. Selznick, Warner Bros

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190623272
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190623272.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven C. Smith, author