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 Posted:   Nov 8, 2019 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Dear Ray:

It was a pleasure to meet you, albeit briefly, at the Max Steiner Symposium last weekend.

My feeling is that it was your good self who provided some of the most knowledgeable, entertaining and enlightening moments of the symposium's two days.

I unfortunately messed my introduction to John Morgan and Bill Stromberg to a point where I am utterly humiliated to watch my dear wife's video recording of same.

It may not appear so from that introduction, but I do have some fourteen years' experience of research into Max Steiner, his life and music. I have travelled to Vienna, London, L.A. and B.Y.U. on many previous occasions and have a number of boxes of photocopies from those collections, and having purchased a number of CDs at the event, I now believe I have more or less a complete collection of your work on those Steiner recordings that are housed in the Provo collection.

May I also take the time to say that your work on the print of KING KONG, was exceptional, outstanding, and other tributes that I am sure the English language has words for but I cannot think of at the moment. I like to think that I led the 'whoops' and 'cheers,' for the performance at the final chord, from where I sat in the disabled row (I couldn't, unfortunately, join the rest of the participants for KONG). It was truly unbelievable, and set the standard for future efforts, which basically means perfection.

Thank you, Ray, for taking the trouble to travel all the way to Utah to enlighten our symposium. I hope that, should a future symposium take place, and I don't doubt that there will, you will again be a part of it, perhaps with a presentation highlighting the true extent of your extraordinary work.

Thanks again,
Stephen Butler

You're a peach, Stephen, and I appreciate the kind words. It was a fun weekend!

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2019 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Ray, will the Steiner documentary be available to purchase on DVD and/or Blu Ray?

I'm sure it will eventually be available, yes. The filmmakers are still going through rights negotiations.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2019 - 3:15 PM   
 By:   TheIrishman   (Member)

What would you say is Max Steiner's best melody? His best cue?

I'm going to suggest The Fountainhead theme, and "Jungle Dance" (King Kong).

Johnny Belinda
Dark Victory

But then again: So many of them, that we could change our mind daily and not run out of ideas....

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