Film Music Fridays - Episode 4


The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), by Max Steiner


We are back with the fourth Episode of Film Music Fridays, narrated by CineConcerts President, Producer & Conductor Justin Freer! In this week’s Episode, Justin talks about an intriguing study of character and its relationship to music in one of director John Huston’s most iconic films - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), with music composed by Max Steiner. Both Huston and Steiner were masters at capturing the important moments and thoughts that defined each character on-screen, and Justin breaks down how exactly this unfolds and is presented musically. As always, in the film clip mentioned above, we have carefully edited out the SFX to focus on the score, interweaving sound effects where appropriate. Enjoy!

Cue from scene discussed:

Maximilian Raoul Steiner (May 10, 1888 – December 28, 1971) was an Austrian-born American music composer for theatre and films, as well as a conductor. He was a child prodigy who conducted his first operetta when he was twelve and became a full-time professional, either composing, arranging, or conducting, when he was fifteen.

Steiner worked in England, then Broadway, and in 1929 he moved to Hollywood, where he became one of the first composers to write music scores for films. He is referred to as "the father of film music", as Steiner played a major part in creating the tradition of writing music for films, along with composers Dimitri TiomkinFranz WaxmanErich Wolfgang KorngoldAlfred NewmanBernard Herrmann, and Miklós Rózsa.

Read more at Wikipedia here.

Composer Max Steiner (1940’s).

What’s Next?


Stay tuned for the next Episode of Film Music Fridays on Friday, March 8th where we will be featuring Marc Shaiman’s incredibly fun score to City Slickers!