David Shire

There’s no business like show business. It’s a business of glamour, of stars and rainbows, of money and dreams come true, but above all it’s a business, with all its rules of supply and demand. Although Hollywood has always been famous for its greed, its superlatives, its appreciation and its perception of talent has sometimes been quite narrow. The rules that...

David Shire on Scoring Return to Oz

Film music afficianados have often found that many unsuccessful, otherwise forgettable films are made worthwhile by exceptional music scores; RETURN TO OZ is a recent example. David Shire’s brilliant gem of a score (Page Cook, the hyper-critical film music columnist of Films in Review, called it the best score of the past several years) stands out...

David Shire

David Shire’s name is prominently featured in the credits of 2010 but, as it turns out, it isn’t a score for which Shire would like to take much credit. Film music buffs are aware of many scores that have been totally rejected and replaced by other scores, but unless a composer speaks out one never really knows how much or how little of the composer’s...