THE INFLUENCE OF FILM AND TV MUSIC ON TED
From a very early age, Ted was mesmerized by the soundtracks of movies, and was especially inspired by the music of Max Steiner. As I’ve written numerous times and also shared in some of Ted’s quotations, the lush depth of a full orchestra playing sublime chords, compelled him to understand and emulate those alluring sounds.
Here is an early transcription replete with various ideas inspired by movie soundtracks.
Below is a perfect example of Ted’s ever-vigilant ear and active musical mind. Many continue to wonder how Ted could have possibly acquired and applied the voluminous quantity musical knowledge as found in his books, (his books, by the way, offer only a mere fraction of it all). One reason, besides his all-encompassing passion, his mind was ever open to learning and experimenting even while watching something most would consider an innocuous, inane but amusing diversion, such as I Love Lucy. For Ted, here is what that “amusement” wrought:
Ted and Cocoa enjoyed watching TV together but reluctantly put up with my interruption and posed for this photo.
SOME FAVORITE FILM SCORES
Below is an “updated” although incomplete, list of Ted’s favorite film scores. He began the original list in 1982, embellished it a bit in 2003, and thus it remains.