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Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Oscars for (almost) everybody!

Perhaps more than any other composer, Max Steiner helped define Hollywood musical style during the Golden Age of studio filmmaking. When “Gone with the Wind,” a massive romantic epic of the American Civil War, swept the Oscars in 1939, Steiner’s score was nominated, but lost to “The Wizard of Oz.” If sheer size had been a factor, however, Steiner certainly would have won. His score is audible 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. Another of his scores, for the Bette Davis vehicle “Dark Victory,” was nominated in the same year. Until the era of John Williams, this dual-nomination feat would remain unrepeated.

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