DIMITRI TIOMKIN, UKRAINIAN-BORN OSCAR-WINNER

11/06/2015

Dimitri Tiomkin (born in Kremechuk, Poltava Oblast), composer for more than 100 Hollywood movies.

He used to work with the best Hollywood directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, George Stevens and many others. A famous song 'Wild Is The Wind' composed in 1957 was performed by Nina Simone, Barbra Streisand and David Bowie.

Dimitri Tiomkin received 22 Academy Award nominations and won four Oscars.

In the beginning of 1930's Dimitri was one of the leading Hollywood composers. He was specially famous for composing music for Westerns. When he was asked how it could that a man by Slavic origin managed to project the poetry of American West in music he replied, 'Steppe is always steppe!' (using the word 'steppe' instead of prairie, Dimitri reminded about his Ukrainian origin).

During World War II Dimitri composed music for many documentaries. He was twice awarded Legion of Honour, France (as commander and officer) and Order of Isabella the Catholic, Spain.

September 21, 1993 United States Postal Service issued a series of stamps 'Legends of American Music' dedicated to 60 famous Hollywood composers. Dimitri Tiomkin's image was among that stamp series. 


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