Finding Aid for the Alex North Motion Picture Music PASC-M.0017

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Arts and Humanities--Music

Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Alex North motion picture music
Creator: North, Alex
Identifier/Call Number: PASC-M.0017
Physical Description: 33.2 Linear Feet (83 flat boxes.)
Date (inclusive): 1951-1991
Abstract: The collection contains scores for forty-six feature films, as well as two television documentaries, a television movie, and a promotional film for the Ford Motor Company. It also includes the score North composed for 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was unused.
Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alex North Motion Picture Music (Collection PASC-M.0017). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Alex North; gift; 1976.

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UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9942335093606533 


North was born Isadore Soifer on December 4, 1910, in Chester, PA; attended the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, and Moscow Conservatory; became music director of the German Theater Group and the Latvian State Theater, and the only American member of the Union of Soviet Composers; returned to the US in 1935; studied with Ernst Toch and Aaron Copland in NY, and composed ballet scores for Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, and Agnes de Mille; composed for the NY stage, including scores for Life and Death of an American (1939), Of V We Sing (1942), and Death of a Salesman (1949); wrote music for some 50 documentary shorts between 1937-50; in 1939 went to Mexico as music director for the Anna Sokolow dance troupe and studied with Silvestre Revueltas; served as a captain in the US Army in World War II; his Revue for Clarinet and Orchestra was performed by Benny Goodman and the NY Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein in 1946; began scoring feature films in the early 1950s, becoming a leading Hollywood composer; his musical language encompasses dissonance and lyricism, and ranges from chamber to symphonic proportions; he was nominated for 15 Academy Awards but did not win one until 1986, when the Motion Picture Academy presented him with an honorary life-achievement award; he died on September 8, 1991 in Los Angeles.

Scope and Content

The collection contains scores for forty-six feature films, as well as two television documentaries, a television movie, and a promotional film for the Ford Motor Company. It also includes the score North composed for 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was unused. Complete scores (indicated in the container list simply by the film title) are handwritten in pencil, with notes and annotations. Scores for individual instruments (indicated by the word "parts") are a combination of handwritten, printed, and photocopied pages, and tend to have fewer notes and annotations.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Music -- Manuscripts.
Composers -- United States -- Archives.
Motion picture music -- Scores.
North, Alex -- Archives

Box 11, Folder 3

The 13th Letter (20th Century-Fox, 1951) 1951

Box 12, Folder 3

2001: A Space Odyssey (MGM, 1968) 1968

Scope and Contents

One page has a note reading "Stanley hates this but I like it!"
Box 12, Folder 4

Africa (ABC News, 1967) undated

Box 41, Box 42, Box 43, Box 44, Box 45

Africa (ABC News, 1967) parts undated

Box 1, Folder 1

The Agony and the Ecstasy (20th Century-Fox, 1965) undated

Box 1, Folder 2

All Fall Down (MGM, 1962) 1962

Box 46, Box 47, Box 48

American Road (Ford Motor Company, 1953, short) parts undated

Box 1, Folder 3

The Bachelor Party (United Artists, 1957) undated

Box 1, Folder 4

The Bad Seed (Warner Bros., 1956) 1956-01-23

Box 29, Box 30, Box 31, Box 32, Box 33, Box 34, Box 35, Box 36

Bite the Bullet (Columbia, 1975) parts undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Cheyenne Autumn (Warner Bros., 1964) 1964

Box 2, Folder 2

The Children's Hour (United Artists, 1961) 1961

Box 2, Folder 3

Cinerama South Seas Adventure (Cinerama, 1958) 1958

Box 3, Folders 1-2

Cleopatra (20th Century-Fox, 1963) 1963

Box 4, Folders 1-2

Death of a Salesman (Columbia, 1951) 1951

Box 4, Folder 3

Desiree (20th Century-Fox, 1954) 1954

Box 4, Folder 4

Devil's Brigade (United Artists, 1968) 1968

Box 4, Folders 5-6

A Dream of Kings (National General, 1969) 1969

Box 55, Box 56

F.D.R. (ABC-TV, 1965) parts undated

Box 5, Folders 1-2

Go Man Go (United Artists, 1954) 1954

Box 5, Folder 3

Hard Contract (20th Century-Fox, 1969) 1969

Box 5, Folder 4

Hot Spell (Paramount, 1958) 1958

Box 6, Folder 1

I'll Cry Tomorrow (MGM, 1955) 1955

Box 6, Folder 2

The King and Four Queens (United Artists, 1956) 1956

Box 57, Box 58, Box 59

The Last Butterfly (Arrow, 1991) parts undated

Box 52, Box 53, Box 54

The Legend of Silent Night (ABC-TV, 1968) parts undated

Box 6, Folders 3-4

The Long Hot Summer (20th Century-Fox, 1958) 1958

Box 7, Folder 1

Man with the Gun (United Artists, 1955) 1955

Box 7, Folder 2

A Member of the Wedding (20th Century-Fox, 1953) 1953

Box 7, Folder 3

Les Miserables (20th Century-Fox, 1952) 1952

Box 7, Folder 4

The Misfits (United Artists, 1961) 1961

Box 60, Box 61, Box 62, Box 63, box 64

Once upon a Scoundrel (Image International, 1973) parts undated

Box 7, Folders 5-6

The Outrage (MGM, 1964) 1964

Box 68, Box 69, Box 70, Box 71

The Passover Plot (Atlas Film Corporation, 1976) parts undated

Box 24, Box 25, Box 26, Box 65, Box 66, Box 67

The Penitent (Cineworld Pictures, 1988) parts undated

Box 8, Folder 1

Pony Soldier (20th Century-Fox, 1952) 1952

Box 37, Box 38, Box 39, Box 40, Box 72, Box 73, Box 74, Box 75, Box 76, Box 77

Prizzi's Honor (20th Century-Fox, 1985) parts undated

Box 8, Folder 2

The Racers (20th Century-Fox, 1955) 1955

Box 8, Folder 3

The Rainmaker (Paramount, 1956) 1956

Box 8, Folder 4

The Rose Tattoo (Paramount, 1955) 1955

Box 9, Folder 1

Sanctuary (20th Century-Fox, 1961) 1961

Box 49, Box 50, Box 51

Shanks (Paramount, 1974) parts undated

Box 9, Folders 2-3

Shoes of the Fisherman (MGM, 1968) 1968

Box 78, Box 79, Box 80, Box 81, Box 82, Box 83

Somebody Killed Her Husband (Columbia, 1978) parts undated

Box 10, Folders 1-4

Spartacus (Universal, 1960) 1960

Box 11, Folder 1

Stage Struck (RKO, 1958) 1958

Box 11, Folder 2

A Streetcar Named Desire (Warner Bros,, 1951) 1951

Box 11, Folder 4

Unchained (Warner Bros.,1955) 1955

Box 11, Folder 5

Viva Zapata (20th Century-Fox, 1952) 1952

Box 12, Folder 1

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Warner Bros., 1966) 1966

Box 27, Box 28

Wise Blood (New Line, 1979) parts undated

Box 12, Folder 2

The Wonderful Country (United Artists, 1959) 1959