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 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Bruce Broughton's father passed away recently and he posted the following on his FaceBook page:

"Going through my father's things, I found a letter written from Miklos Rozsa to my grandfather. My grandfather was a composer, but not in the movies. Nevertheless, he treasured the note. This photo shows my grandfather standing with a group of composers in 1946 that include Rozsa, Franz Waxman, Dmitri Tiomkin, Meredith WIllson, Victor Young, John Green and William Grant Still."

He doesn't say which one is his grandfather. What a great picture with so much talent in one room!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Cool! I recognize only Waxman, Tiomkin and Rozsa (is Young the guy standing to the right of Rozsa seen from here).

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

I don't know for sure who any of the others are, but I think that's Meredith Willson sitting next to Tiomkin on the right. Looks like his picture from The Music Man album.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Yes. And Frank Skinner is fourth from the right.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

The gentleman third from the left in uniform looks like Rozsa in his later years, while the younger Rozsa stands nearby.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

What I want to know is - which one is Erdody!?!

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Interesting to try to sort out who is who here....

I believe Rozsa stands in front of the black portrait.

William Grant Still would be the only African-American, so that is him on the right arm of the couch.

On the left arm seems to be Franz Waxman.

Behind Still looks like Alfred Newman a little, but I can't be sure.

Thanks for bringing this to us, Mark.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Interesting to try to sort out who is who here....

I believe Rozsa stands in front of the black portrait.

William Grant Still would be the only African-American, so that is him on the right arm of the couch.

On the left arm seems to be Franz Waxman.


That's Tiomkin sitting on the couch to the right of Waxman and then Willson to the right of him.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Fifth from the right standing, is that Alex North?

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Fifth from the right standing, is that Alex North?

I was thinking the same thing myself, but I believe North was still living and working in New York in '46 and I'm guessing this picture was taken in LA. Doesn't mean he couldn't have been where the picture was taken though.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

2nd from the left (you can only see his head) looks like Leith Stevens to me.


(Incidentally, on the subject of composer-related group photos on Facebook, Patrick Williams recently provided several from a BMI dinner circa 1973).

- JMM.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

2nd from the left (you can only see his head) looks like Leith Stevens to me.

I thought that was the "composer with two heads"!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 1:09 PM   
 By:   johndupree52   (Member)

Ray, say it fast enough and just right enough:

Who's Erdody!?!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 1:09 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Well, here's what we've got so far:

STANDING (left to right)
1.
2. Leith Stevens
3. [Salvation Army member]
4.
5. John Green (?)
6. Miklos Rozsa
7. Victor Young
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13. Frank Skinner
14.
15.
16.

SEATED (left to right)
1. Franz Waxman
2. Dimitri Tiomkin
3. Meredith Willson
4.
5.
6. William Grant Still

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Behind Still looks like Alfred Newman a little, but I can't be sure.


He's short enough to be Newman.

Broughton says that one of them is John Green. Any guesses?

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

STANDING (left to right)
1.
2. Leith Stevens (?)
3.
4. John Green
5.
6. Miklos Rozsa
7. Victor Young (?)
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13. Frank Skinner
14.
15.
16.

SEATED (left to right)
1. Franz Waxman
2. Dimitri Tiomkin
3. Meredith Willson
4.
5.
6. William Grant Still

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Is Bernard Herrmann sitting 5 from the left?

Mark Ford, composer with two heads, that chuckled me!!

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

I think that Victor Young (?) is definetely Victor Young.
Might the 2nd from the left standing be a young Hugo Friedhofer?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The fellow standing third from the left, is he in a Salvation Army uniform?

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

I think that Victor Young (?) is definetely Victor Young.
Might the 2nd from the left standing be a young Hugo Friedhofer?


Looks like the second from the left standing is Leith Stevens. Here's a photo of him:

 
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