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Finding Aid for the Herschel Burke Gilbert Collection of Motion Picture and Television Music 1946-1969
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Herschel Burke Gilbert Collection of Motion Picture and Television Music,
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1969
    Collection number: 268-M
    Creator: Gilbert, Herschel Burke
    Extent: 143 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: The collection consists of manuscript scores (holographs or copies) and open reel tapes of music composed by Herschel Gilbert for television series and motion pictures, and includes some related materials such as parts, cues, lyrics sheets, and sketches.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Herschel Burke Gilbert Collection of Motion Picture and Television Music, 268-M, Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of The Gilbert Family Trust of 1989-Survivor's Trust (Gertrude Gilbert; Toby G. Bernstein)

    Biographical Note

    Herschel Burke Gilbert was born in 1918 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following early studies on the violin, he attended Milwaukee State Teachers College, then the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied conducting with Albert Stoessel and composition with Bernard Wagenaar and Vittorio Giannini. In 1942 he came to Hollywood from New York to work as a violist and arranger for the Harry James Orchestra, during which time he also studied with composer Ernst Toch. In the mid-'40s he began orchestrating and arranging for Dmitri Tiomkin (It's a Wonderful Life) and other studio composers, then going on to compose his own music for a number of feature films in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. He was nominated for three Academy Awards: "The Thief" (1952; score); "The Moon is Blue" (1953; title song); and "Carmen Jones" (1954; score for a musical). Additional film scores included "Mr. District Attorney" (1947), "The Jackie Robinson Story" (1950), "The Bold and the Brave" (1956), "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" (1957), and many others. Around 1951 he started composing for television, the medium for which he is perhaps best remembered. In 1958 he joined Dick Powell's Four Star Television company later becoming the company's Executive Music Director. Of particular note from this period is his title theme and music for "The Rifleman" television series. Other series for which he composed scores or themes included "Wanted: Dead or Alive", "Johnny Ringo", "Burke's Law", "Gunsmoke", "Gilligan's Island", and "The Big Valley", among others. He became music director for CBS Television Network in 1964 and retired in 1966, forming Laurel Records, a label focusing on the music of contemporary composers. In the course of his career, he served as President of the Film Music Society, the Screen Composers Guild, and the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), and also served with the LA chapters of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Scope and Content

    Predominantly manuscript scores (holographs or copies) of music composed by Herschel Gilbert for television series and motion pictures, including some related materials such as parts, cues, lyrics sheets, and sketches.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Projects
    • Series 2. Sound Recordings
    • Series 3. Cue Sheets
    • Series 4. Project Development
    • Series 5. Correspondence
    • Series 6. Associations & Organizations
    • Series 7. Contracts and Agreements
    • Series 8. Rights and Royalties
    • Series 9. Recording Logs and Catalogs
    • Series 10. Performing Rights Societies
    • Series 11. Four Star
    • Series 12. CBS
    • Series 13. Photographs
    • Series 14. Financial Papers
    • Series 15. Promotional Materials
    • Series 16. Clippings
    • Series 17. Blank Forms and Stationary
    • Series 18. Artwork
    • Series 19. Periodicals
    • Series 20. Sheet Music
    • Series 21. Programs
    • Series 22. Moving Image Materials
    • Series 23. Gilbert Personal Papers
    • Series 129. Star in the Wind

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Film composers--California--Los Angeles--Archives
    Motion Picture Music--Scores
    Music--Manuscripts
    Television Music--Scores

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