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Finding Aid for the Richard Markowitz Collection of Music Manuscripts and Recordings, 1958-1991
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Richard Markowitz Collection of Music Manuscripts and Recordings,
    Date (inclusive): 1958-1991
    Collection number: 133
    Creator: Richard Markowitz
    Extent: 91 boxes (45.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: This collection contains scores and recordings of film and television music of the composer Richard Markowitz.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to Performing Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Performing Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Brenda Markowitz; gift; 1996.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard Markowitz Collection of Music Manuscripts and Recordings, 133, Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Richard Markowitz was born in Los Angeles, California on Sept. 3, 1926; after graduating from Santa Monica High School he attended the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music (1946-48), the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris (1948-50); he studied composition with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ernst Krenek, Arnold Schoenberg, Arthur Honneger, and later, George Tremblay. Markowitz began his career in professional music as a dance band leader, pianist, and singer in the 1940's and early 1950's, working both live and on records; as a composer and arranger he worked for the BBC and the Katharine Dunham Ballet Company between 1950 and 1955. Markowitz began his film and television career in the late 1950's and his work includes music for the following: The Wild, Wild West (theme), The Hot Angel, Cry of Battle (feature film scores), television series Barnaby Jones, The Streets of San Francisco, Hawaii Five-O, Quincy, Police Story, and over 50 episodes for the long-running series Murder She Wrote. Richard Markowitz died on December 6, 1994 in Santa Monica.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of scores and related materials from television films (movies of the week), series pilots and series episodes. Films include: Weekend of terror (1979), Runaway (a/k/a Operation runaway, 1978) and Doctors' private lives (1978); pilots include Spanner's key (1978), Joe Forrester (1975) and Standing tall (a/k/a Legend at sundown, 1977). Series include F.B.I., Hawaii five-O, Mannix, Quincy, Barnaby Jones, Buck Rogers in the 25th century, and Dynasty. Markowitz's scores for over 65 episodes of Murder she wrote are included. Manuscripts for scores are accompanied by cue sheets, spotting/timing notes, musician lists from recording sessions and sketches. Related sound recordings and video recordings for many of the more recent works are available as well.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Manuscript Scores and Other Documents (cue sheets and spotting/timing notes, musician lists from recording sessions, sketches)
    2. Sound Recordings (on open reel tape)
    3. Video Recordings (of shows before and after the addition of underscore, in VHS and Beta formats)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Markowitz, Richard--Archives.
    Composers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Musical sketches.
    Sound recordings.
    Video recordings.