My Favourite Scores – 1937


  • Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
  • Frank Churchill / Leigh Harline / Paul J. Smith / Larry Morey
  • Walt Disney Records / 2001 / 73:50

I have to admit upfront that 1937 is a bit of lean year for me when it comes to film scores*. But listening to Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs it’s clear that the music composed for this groundbreaking animation os much more than just a few well-known songs. The songs (well some of them) are iconic: “Whistle While You Work”, “Heigh-Ho”, what more can you say. But there are cues in the orchestral score that are so dark that it’s difficult to believe that the music was composed for an animated film – e.g., “Have A Bite”. But, I do have to admit that the singing voice for Snow White (Adriana Caselotti?) is really annoying.

* Korngold’s The Prince and The Pauper, Tiomkin’s Lost Horizon and Britten’s Love From A Stranger are all scores that I have heard but I don’t particularly enjoy.

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