Muir Mathieson (1911- 1975)
Muir Mathieson was a protégé of Sir Malcolm
Sargent who became head of of the music department for Alexander Korda
at Denham Film Studios age the age of 24. For thirty year Mathieson
commissioned film scores from leading British composers and gave many
young composers their first chance of writing for films. Only in
desperation was he moved to compose scores himself.
Mathieson also hired the best orchestras to record the music for
hundred of British movies, both feature and documentary, often working
through three session of three hours a day.
Also over a period of some thirty years Mathieson gave concerts in
halls and cinemas across Britain designed to introduce school children
to orchestral music. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Schubert Symphony No
5, and Mozart's Eine kliene Nachtmusik were his staple fare.
Generations of children experienced the thrill of a live orchestra for
the first time before the baton of Muir Mathieson.
His work in education also extended to directing two Crown Film Unit
productions made for schools, Instruments of the Orchestra with
music composed by Benjamin Britten and Steps of the Ballet with
music by Arthur Benjamin. These films are available on Beulah DVD Classical Music in the
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