ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT - Orchestrations
Robert Russell Bennett (Orchestrations). In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981) arranged more than 300 Broadway musical scores; in musical comedy’s golden era of the ‘20’s, he orchestrated up to twenty-two shows a season. Among his credits were Show Boat, Robert, Sunny, Rose Marie, No, No, Nanette, Girl Crazy, Of Thee I Sing, Face The Music, Carmen Jones, Finian’s Rainbow, Kiss Me, Kate, My Fair Lady and Camelot. He orchestrated seven of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musicals, including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music; his arrangements for the 1955 film version of Oklahoma! earned him an Academy Award. He also orchestrated and arranged Rodgers’ thirteen-hour television documentary score for Victory At Sea. A classically trained composer, Bennett’s prolific output of original compositions includes symphonies, sonatas, a ballet, a concerto and an opera. He is the posthumous recipient of a 2008 Special Tony Award in recognition of his historic contribution to American musical theatre.