We’re Going Hollywood

A number of musicians left Broadway for Hollywood (e.g., Charles Previn, Al Goodman, Alfred Newman); they were joined by such orchestrators as Adolph Deutsch, Murray Cutter, Joseph Nussbaum, Max Steiner, Conrad Salinger, Edward Powell, Howard Jackson and Johnny Green.  This should not surprise us, as many composers worked on both coasts, such as Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin.  In fact, Robert Russell Bennett worked on some of Kern’s Hollywood scores as orchestrator, including Show Boat and Swing Time.

We provide a summary of this transition to Hollywood at the end of the Section on European Musical Training.