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Also Known As: Dmitri Tiomkin, Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin, Dmitri Tiomkin Died: November 11, 1979
Born: May 10, 1899 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St Petersburg, , RU Profession: composer, conductor, songwriter, producer, author, concert pianist, director

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Accomplished, prolific composer, in the US from 1925, whose lush, often sentimental scores proved effective across a wide range of genres. Tiomkin first gained prominence in the 1930s for his accompaniments to films such as Frank Capra's "Lost Horizon" (1937) and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939). Highlights of his work including the poignant lone harmonica segment from "High Noon" (1951)--the film won him two Oscars, one for his score and one, in collaboration with lyricist Ned Washington, for the song "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'"--and his more fully orchestrated scores for "Red River" (1948), "Giant" (1956) and "The High and the Mighty" (1954).

Accomplished, prolific composer, in the US from 1925, whose lush, often sentimental scores proved effective across a wide range of genres. Tiomkin first gained prominence in the 1930s for his accompaniments to films such as Frank Capra's "Lost Horizon" (1937) and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939). Highlights of his work including the poignant lone harmonica segment from "High Noon" (1951)--the film won him two Oscars, one for his score and one, in collaboration with lyricist Ned Washington, for the song "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'"--and his more fully orchestrated scores for "Red River" (1948), "Giant" (1956) and "The High and the Mighty" (1954).

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1925:
Pursued a career as a concert pianist, conductor and composer in Europe before emigrating to US
1937:
Hired by Frank Capra to write and perform score for "Lost Horizon"
1940:
Picks up first of 22 Oscar nominations for "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" (1939)
1943:
Works on first of four Alfred Hitchcock films, "Shadow of a Doubt"
1952:
Credited with saving "High Noon" (1952) with theme song, "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'"
1959:
Receives fourth and final Oscar for "The Old Man and the Sea" (1958)
1969:
Scores final film, "Chaikovsky"
1970:
Returned to Russia to serve as executive producer on a biopic of "Tchaikovsky" (1971)
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Education

St Petersburg University: -
University of St Mary's: -
St Petersburg Conservatory of Music: -

Notes

One of six motion picture composers honored with a postage stamp in 1999.

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wife:
Albertina Rasch. Dancer, choreographer.

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