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January 27th, 2012 by Anna

Hot off the presses! Announcing a new compilation CD from Tribute Film Classics available now at Screen Archives. This is a limited release offered at only $4.95!

This Highlights TFC sampler also contains tracks from the forth-coming 2CD release of ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN and ARCENIC AND OLD LACE by Max Steiner.

William Stromberg conducts The Moscow Syphony Orchestra. Music reconstruction and preparation by Anna Bonn, John Morgan and William Stromberg.


December 28th, 2011 by Anna

Click the link to hear sample tracks

Moscow Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Stromberg. Music reconstruction and preparation by John Morgan, Anna Bonn and William Stromberg.

The Tribute Film Classics team delivers a knockout recording of a great Bernard Herrmann find, the complete score for the 1969 WWII drama, Battle of Neretva. Written for full orchestra with expanded brass and percussion sections, the score mirrors the tone of the story, and features suspenseful moments of subdued tension, bittersweet string interludes, trudging music of despair for the displaced evacuees, but most of all, incredibly powerful, exciting, and relentless battle music and marches.

The score as heard in the film was, for the most part, butchered. Almost none of the cues are heard in their entirety, and some were dropped altogether. Although an original soundtrack CD was issued on the Southern Cross label, it contained only about thirty minutes of the score. This new Tribute recording doubles that amount, and presents the complete versions of all the music heard in the film, plus several unused cues, all in exceptionally well-recorded, thrillingly detailed sound. For those who have only heard the old CD, and especially those who have only seen the severely edited movie, this new recording will be a revelation. Astute listeners will notice that Herrmann revisited a few of his earlier works, reworking a few cues from previous scores, most notably On Dangerous Ground (including the famous Death Hunt, which receives a riveting, adrenaline-filled performance here).

Also included are highlights of Herrmann’s score for another WWII film, The Naked and the Dead (1958), featuring a pounding, determined main title march that is a showcase for the massed brasses and percussion. Other portions alternate between slower atmospheric pieces for the soldiers’ treks through the jungle, and piercing, angry cues when they engage the enemy.

The 32 page booklet designed by Jim Titus is filled with extensive notes by Jim Doherty and Kevin Scott on the films and scores.


December 20th, 2011 by Anna

It’s official!!! Tribute Film Classics presents their new recording of Bernard Herrmann’s BATTLE OF NERETVA and THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. Available at Screen Archives on December 28th!

William Stromberg Conducts the Golden State Pops Orchestra Feb. 12

January 26th, 2011 by Anna

William Stromberg will be a guest at the Feb. 12th concert conducting Bernard Herrmann’s piece “For the Fallen”. Come join us in San Pedro for a memorable evening with the Golden State Pops Orchestra!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with soaring music from the Romantic period to present day film greats. The concert, at the historic Warner Grand Theater, will feature Festive Overture by Shostakovich, Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, Sayuri’s Theme from Memoirs of a Geisha by John Williams and Fireworks by Jerry Goldsmith, subtitled A Celebration of Los Angeles. Also, William Stromberg, composer and founding producer of Tribute Film Classics, will conduct For the Fallen, by Bernard Herrmann. For more information, please call (310) 433-8774.

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October 23rd, 2010 by Anna

William Stromberg, Anna Bonn, John Morgan and Screen Archives Entertainment are pleased to announce that we have successfully recorded two new albums from Max Steiner and Bernard Herrmann. A complete restoration and 2-Disk set of Steiner’s ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN and ARSENIC AND OLD LACE were recorded October 2010 with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Also recorded was Herrmann’s THE BATTLE OF NERETVA and a suite from NAKED AND THE DEAD with many music cues that has never been previously recorded or released. The Moscow Symphony Orchestra beautifully performed these scores under the baton of William Stromberg. Both albums are planned for a release in Spring/Summer 2011.

OTHER VOICES Soundtrack available at ITunes and CDBaby

June 27th, 2010 by Anna


This score that John Morgan, Anna Bonn, and I did back in 1999 is now available for download only at itunes and CD Baby. The score is quite dark and somewhat influenced by Goldsmith, Goldenthal, and Herrmann. It’s fully orchestral and performed by the Russian National Symphony Orchestra.

This end-of-the-millennium drama deals with the breakdown of communication, the loss of identity and the facelessness of corporate life. Phil and Anna are a young married, New York couple whose belief in their commitment to each other is on extremely tenuous ground. Each suspects the other of infidelity and even for this very modern thinking couple, this represents the worst kind of threat. But even as they feel each other slipping away, they are willing to do anything to save their relationship. Set in a highly stylized world in which no visual image, or character is random, Phil and Anna’s fractured world can’t help but implode.

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I hope you all like this score.
William Stromberg

THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL score available for download at Itunes and CD Baby

February 22nd, 2010 by Anna

John Morgan and I have composed this new score for the documentary THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL available for download at iTunes and CD Baby. In addition to coming up with many original themes, we used a lot of traditional tunes from the period including William Billings’ “Chester” and “Yankee Doodle”. The score is somewhat robust at times and, I would say, sounds a little as if Bernard Herrmann and Max Steiner had written a score together. I realize that that is a bold statement, but you’ll get what I mean when or if you hear it. The director, Tony Malanowski, is a huge fan of the Golden Age scores, so it was a lot of fun to work on. – William Stromberg

TFC wins two Sammy awards! Best Golden Age Film Score for CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE and the Preservation Award for Best Album Producers.

February 22nd, 2010 by Anna

These awards are named after movie lyricist Sammy Cahn (1913-1993), who received 4 Oscars for his songs, and was nominated more than any other songwriter, 26 times in all. Cahn said he was “flattered and honored” to have these movie music awards named after him. His Oscar-winning songs are: “Three Coins in the Fountain”; “All the Way”; “High Hopes”; and “Call Me Irresponsible.” All four songs were recorded by Frank Sinatra , a big fan of Sammy ’s lyrics. Now in their twenty-second (22nd) year, the Sammys are the longest running awards for film music on CDs. They are chosen each year by Roger Hall, a film music historian, member of the International Film Music Critics Association, author of the book, A Guide to Film Music – Songs and Scores, and also editor-in-chief of the long-running online magazine, Film Music Review –

William Stromberg’s score to ARMY OF THE DEAD now available for download at ITunes

February 8th, 2010 by Anna

William Stromberg’s score for the independent horror film ARMY OF THE DEAD is available as a download only at itunes. Check out the samples at the ITunes site. It’s a score he wrote for a filmmaker friend Joseph Conti a couple of years ago, but is quite proud of some of the music and wanted to share it with you all.

In the spirit of “Army of Darkness” comes this incredible chiller following a college professor as he leads his students on an archeological expedition in Baja, Mexico. After unexpectedly unleashing an ancient curse, they find themselves battling hordes of skeletal warriors who were once associates of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado.

THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER chosen as one of the best classic film scores of 2009 by Jon Burlingame

December 30th, 2009 by Anna

Jon Burlingame is the nation’s leading writer on the subject of music for films and television. He writes regularly for Daily Variety and the Los Angeles Times, and has written for such other publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, Premiere, Emmy and The Hollywood Reporter. He has chosen THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER as one of the best of 2009. Click the link to read the full article and see his other choices.