Interview with Hugo Friedhofer

David Raksin, the Oscar-nominated composer of LAURA, THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and dozens of other film and television scores, was writer and host of his own KUSC program in Los Angeles, The Subject is Film Music, in the 1970s. It included tribute shows to Korngold, Steiner, Newman… who were then gone, but had live hour interviews with those Raksin could round up including Rozsa, Fielding, Friedhofer, Kaper, Mancini, Bernstein etc. Raksin would… Read more »


Gothic Prelude

On this page you can hear the concert premier of Hugo Friedhofer’s “Gothic Prelude”, a prelude from the roadshow version of the movie JOAN OF ARC (1948). Friedhofer wrote it for his daughter in a four hand piano version and Hans Bernstein (Harold Byrns) later orchestrated it for the movie. Hans Sørensen, artistic planner for the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, got the score from a book shop in L.A. and programed it for the… Read more »


Celluloid Fanfare V: Hugo Friedhofer

I composed “Celluloid Fanfare V” as my tribute to Hugo Friedhofer, arguably the most respected composer to have worked in Hollywood during the early to mid-20th century. Hugo, who orchestrated the scores of Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Max Steiner, among others, was highly respected by his peers. In 1947 Hugo received an Oscar for his original score for “The Best Years of Our Lives”, which presently ranks fifth in… Read more »


The Fishko File

In May it will be twenty-five years since Hugo Friedhofer died. He was one of America’s most interesting composers, and his death was roundly ignored. Sara Fishko thinks its about time somebody remembered the life and work of the Academy Award- winning movie composer. So…here is the Fishko File.