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Steiner: Gone With the Wind Excerpt

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: history catches on fire…

When the massive Civil War epic Gone with the Wind swept the 1939 Oscars, Max Steiner‘s score was nominated, but lost out to The Wizard of Oz.

If sheer musical girth had been a factor, Steiner certainly would have won. His score is present under nearly the entire movie, just under four hours of music.

Even more incredibly, Gone with the Wind was one of twelve films on which Steiner worked in 1939.

Steiner’s “don’t-look-back” stance was a general studio mentality of the day.

In the scene underscored by the music we just heard, Rhett and Scarlet flee war-torn Atlanta.

To create this scene, the filmmakers actually set a studio back-lot ablaze.

In the background, the massive gate from King Kong is visible going up in flames.

Music Heard On This Episode

Max Steiner (1888-1971): Gone with the Wind: excerpt
Charles Gerhardt/National Philharmonic Orchestra — Gone with the Wind (RCA, 1990)
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Max Steiner (1888-1971): Gone with the Wind: excerpt
Charles Gerhardt/National Philharmonic Orchestra — Gone with the Wind (RCA, 1990)
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