Title
Music for Movies
For
orchestra
Year Composed
1942
Scoring
1(=picc).1.1.1-1.2.1.0-timp.perc(1):glsp/xyl/susp.cym/tgl/BD/SD-pft(harp)-strings
ARCO Number(s)
49
Category
Orchestral
Duration
16'
Movements
Premiere
  • World: New York, February 17th, 1943 (Saidenberg Little Symphony Orchestra, cond. Daniel Saidenberg)
Dedication
to Darius Milhaud
Publisher
Boosey & Hawkes
Publishing Status
Published
Buying Options
Boosey & Hawkes

Program Note

The challenge of enhancing a film with music was of great interest to Copland. He enjoyed the idea of adding to the dramatic action by creating an atmosphere unique to each production. He drew music from three films to make up a five movement suite for small orchestra: The City, Our Town, and Of Mice and Men. Each movement bears a title linking it with the action of the movie. The Suite is dedicated to Darius Milhaud, whom Copland considered a pioneer in the field of film music.

Author
Vivian Perlis
Year
1998