David Snell (composer)

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David L. SnellDavid Snell (composer)_header_cell_0_0_0
BornDavid Snell (composer)_header_cell_0_1_0 (1897-09-10)10 September 1897

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USADavid Snell (composer)_cell_0_1_1

DiedDavid Snell (composer)_header_cell_0_2_0 27 March 1967(1967-03-27) (aged 69)

Glendale, California, USADavid Snell (composer)_cell_0_2_1

NationalityDavid Snell (composer)_header_cell_0_3_0 AmericanDavid Snell (composer)_cell_0_3_1
OccupationDavid Snell (composer)_header_cell_0_4_0 ComposerDavid Snell (composer)_cell_0_4_1
Known forDavid Snell (composer)_header_cell_0_5_0 Shadow of the Thin ManDavid Snell (composer)_cell_0_5_1

David L. Snell (10 September 1897 – 27 March 1967) was a pianist, conductor, composer and music director. David Snell (composer)_sentence_0

He composed the music for over 170 shorts, series or feature films. David Snell (composer)_sentence_1

Early years David Snell (composer)_section_0

David L. Snell was born on 10 September 1897 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. David Snell (composer)_sentence_2

He became a pianist, and studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Wisconsin College and the Meyer Conservatory of Music. David Snell (composer)_sentence_3

He formed his own orchestra, and was the musical director for several stage productions. David Snell (composer)_sentence_4

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer music director David Snell (composer)_section_1

Snell joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's music department in 1937, turning out music for a range of films from low-cost "B" movies to expensive features. David Snell (composer)_sentence_5

He would spend his entire film career with MGM. David Snell (composer)_sentence_6

He was conductor, composer, and music director for MGM for twenty-one years.' David Snell (composer)_sentence_7

The work could be high pressure. David Snell (composer)_sentence_8

In November 1938 Franz Waxman had just five days to put together the fifty-minute score for A Christmas Carol so it could be released in time for the holiday season. David Snell (composer)_sentence_9

Snell helped out, writing the opening and closing credit cues and half a dozen other cues based on themes provided by Waxman. David Snell (composer)_sentence_10

Snell wrote music for many full-length films, shorts and B-movie series such as Dr. David Snell (composer)_sentence_11 Kildare, Maisie and The Thin Man. David Snell (composer)_sentence_12

His songs include Under The Stars, Downstream Drifter, Come Back Little Girl Of Mine and Once Over Lightly. David Snell (composer)_sentence_13

Snell's scores often showed first-rate craftmanship, but his work has generally been ignored, perhaps because in most cases he chose to simply underscore the dialog as opposed to contributing complementary musical ideas. David Snell (composer)_sentence_14

However, for the 1947 Lady in the Lake, based on the Raymond Chandler novel and set around Christmas time, Snell chose to use a choir singing a cappella without musical accompaniment, providing an austere and effective "black and white" score to accompany the stark black and white cinematography. David Snell (composer)_sentence_15

The moody music echoed Christmas carols. David Snell (composer)_sentence_16

David L. Snell died at home in Glendale, California on March 27, 1967. David Snell (composer)_sentence_17

Filmography David Snell (composer)_section_2

Snell is credited as composer in many films, including: David Snell (composer)_sentence_18


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