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Robert Russell Bennett (1894–1981)

Composer, arranger, musician and conductor Robert Russell Bennett studied piano with his mother and other instruments with his bandmaster father, and also with Carl Busch and Nadia Boulanger (honorary DHL, Franklin & Marshall College and Guggenheim fellowships). He began conducting at 11, was organist at a Kansas City theatre and a violinist and ... See full bio »

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 2013 The Sound of Music Live! (TV Special) (orchestrations: Broadway original)
 2011 Oklahoma! (TV Movie) (orchestrator)
 2010 BBC Proms (TV Series) (orchestrator - 1 episode)
- Prom 49: A Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein (2010) ... (orchestrator - "Oklahoma"! orchestations)
 1990-2010 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series) (orchestrator - 3 episodes)
- South Pacific (2010) ... (orchestrator)
- Camelot (2008) ... (orchestrator)
- Flicka and Friends: From Rossini to Show Boat (1990) ... (orchestrator - for "Show Boat" excerpts)
 1989-2006 Great Performances (TV Series) (orchestrator - 3 episodes)
- 'South Pacific' in Concert from Carnegie Hall (2006) ... (orchestrator)
- Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Cinderella' (2004) ... (orchestrator - archive footage)
- Show Boat (1989) ... (orchestrator)
 1999 Oklahoma! (TV Movie) (orchestrator: original orchestrations)
 1989 The Show Boat Story (TV Movie documentary) (orchestrator: "Show Boat" - uncredited)
 1982 Camelot (TV Movie) (orchestrator)
 1967 Androcles and the Lion (TV Movie) (orchestrator)
 1967 Annie Get Your Gun (TV Movie) (orchestrator)
 1965 Cinderella (TV Special) (orchestrator - uncredited)
  Project XX (TV Series documentary) (music - 1 episode, 1960) (scoring - 1 episode, 1957) (music editor - 1 episode, 1956)
- Not So Long Ago (1960) ... (music)
- Call to Freedom (1957) ... (scoring)
- The Great War: World War I (1956) ... (music editor)
 1958 South Pacific (orchestrator)
 1957 Cinderella (TV Special) (orchestrator)
 1956 The King and I (orchestrator)
 1955 Oklahoma! (musical arrangements) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1954 Victory at Sea (Documentary) (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1954 The Unconquered (Documentary) (orchestrator)
 1954 General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein (TV Movie) (orchestrator - "Oklahoma!", "South Pacific", and "The King and I" sequences)
  Victory at Sea (TV Series documentary) (conductor and arranger - 21 episodes, 1952 - 1953) (arranger and conductor - 3 episodes, 1952 - 1953) (conductor - 1 episode, 1953) (music arranger - 1 episode, 1953)
- Design for Peace (1953) ... (conductor and arranger)
- Suicide for Glory (1953) ... (conductor and arranger)
- The Road to Mandalay (1953) ... (conductor and arranger)
- Target Suribachi (1953) ... (conductor and arranger)
- The Fate of Europe (1953) ... (conductor and arranger)
 1952 My Son John (orchestrator)
 1952 The Pace That Thrills (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1944 Lady in the Dark (orchestral arranger)
 1943 The Falcon and the Co-eds (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Journey Into Fear (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1940 Wildcat Bus (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1940 Lucky Partners (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1940 Stage to Chino (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1940 Rebecca (composer: additional music - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 Sued for Libel (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1939 Intermezzo: A Love Story (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 The Day the Bookies Wept (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1939 The Spellbinder (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 Career (musical director - as Russell Bennett)
 1939 The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 Wuthering Heights (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 Love Affair (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 Gunga Din (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 The Great Man Votes (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 Pacific Liner (musical director - as Russell Bennett)
 1938 Next Time I Marry (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 The Law West of Tombstone (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1938 Annabel Takes a Tour (musical director)
 1938 Lawless Valley (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1938 A Man to Remember (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1938 Fugitives for a Night (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (musical director - as Russell Bennett)
 1938 Carefree (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1938 Vivacious Lady (music arranger: orchestral music - uncredited)
 1938 Joy of Living (orchestral arrangements - as Russell Bennett)
 1937 A Damsel in Distress (orchestral arrangements by - as Russell Bennett)
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town (composer: music cues - uncredited)
 1937 Music for Madame (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1937 High, Wide, and Handsome (music arranger - as Russell Bennett)
 1937 The Road Back (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1937 Shall We Dance (music arranger - uncredited)
 1937 Lost Horizon (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1936 Walking on Air (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1936 Swing Time (music arranger - uncredited)
 1936 Romeo and Juliet (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1936 Show Boat (composer: incidental music - uncredited) / (musical arranger - uncredited)
 1935 I Dream Too Much (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1929 Show Boat (orchestrator: prologue)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Criss Cross. Musical comedy. Book and lyrics by Otto A. Harbach and Anne Caldwell. Music by Jerome Kern. Musical Director: Victor Baravalle. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett and Maurice De Packh. Choreographed by Dave Bennett. Sunshine Girls' dances devised by Mary Read. Scenic Design by James Reynolds. Costume ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Russell Bennett

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Personal Quote:

[on Irving Berlin] Irving couldn't play a scale, an arpeggio - nothing. He had no piano technique at all. But inside, he hears it. I remember in particular, when we were together and he was doing a song for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the picture 'Carefree'. It's called 'Change Partners'. He came to a spot in this, where he played a plain diminished chord, and he turned to me helplessly and... See more »


His orchestration of "The March of the Siamese Children" for the stage version of "The King and I" was considered so excellent that it was the only one of his orchestrations for the stage production which was exactly duplicated for the 1956 film (although augmented for full orchestra). See more »

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