Showing posts with label Meredith Willson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Meredith Willson. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Chaplin's Music Man

In this great article by Jim Lochner, Meredith Willson describes working with Chaplin on the Oscar-nominated score for The Great Dictator:
“He would have been great at anything—music, law, ballet dancing, or painting—house, sign, or portrait. I got the screen credit for The Great Dictator music score, but the best parts of it were all Charlie’s ideas.” --Meredith Willson

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Meredith Willson on Charlie's "twiddeldy bits"

“The themes we use, excepting for a bit of Wagner and Brahms interpolation, are about half Mr. Chaplin’s and half mine, with my development and orchestration. And it’s uncanny how right he always is when technically he isn’t a musician and can’t read a note of music. In scoring the picture we’d run it through, then in this place or that one he’d sing a few notes; something he’d call a ‘twiddeldy bit,’ and it would unerringly work out to be exactly what the sequence needed.” --Photoplay, December 1940
Willson was Musical Director for The Great Dictator (1940) which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. But he is best remembered for composing the hit musical The Music Man. 

Willson & CC at the Chaplin Studios.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

With Meredith Willson, c. 1940

Willson was musical director for The Great Dictator. He is best known for writing & composing the 1957 Broadway hit The Music Man. (Photo by Max Munn Autrey)