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DiedApril 26, 1991, Hamptonville, North Carolina, United States
SpouseFaye Brooks Arnaud
FactABC TV used his "Bugler's Dream" for its broadcasts of the Olympics and for its TV series "ABC's Wide World of Sports."

Leo Arnaud was born on February 24, 1904, in Lyon, France. His parents were both musicians, and he began playing the violin at a young age. He studied at the Lyon Conservatory of Music, and then at the Paris Conservatory of Music. He won several competitions as a violinist, and also played in the orchestras of the Paris Opera and the Paris Symphony Orchestra. He moved to the United States in 1929, and became a member of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He also played in the orchestras of several Broadway shows, and in the pit orchestra for the original production of “Oklahoma!” In 1940, he began working as a composer and arranger for Hollywood films. He wrote the music for several films, including “The Three Musketeers” (1948), “The Robe” (1953), and “Ben-Hur” (1959). He won an Academy Award for his work on “Ben-Hur.” Arnaud died on July 8, 1991, in Los Angeles, California.

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Full NameLeo Arnaud
DiedApril 26, 1991, Hamptonville, North Carolina, United States
ProfessionFilm Score Composer


SpouseFaye Brooks Arnaud


NominationsAcademy Award for Best Original Music Score
MoviesThe Unsinkable Molly Brown, Sombrero, Stars and Stripes Forever, Apache Rose, Trail to San Antone, The Thrill of Brazil, Blondie Goes Latin, Babes on Broadway, Strike Up the Band

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1[To André Previn, on being paid by the page to write music for Hollywood movies]: Listen, mon vieux. When you are orchestrating for a true musical illiterate, then it is perfectly okay to take advantage of that situation here. We don't get any credit, so the idea is to make as much money as possible. When I am asked by one of our innocents to ghost-write some chase music for western posses or gangland car rides, the music has to be very fast, eh? This means bubbidy, bubbidy, bubbidy - two seconds of music is already a page. Whereas a more normal 4/4 or 12/8 bar would only take up a quarter of a page with the same notes. Mind you, this must only be done with those employers of ours who can hardly read music. With the good ones it would be dishonest.


1Leo Arnaud was a jazz trombonist in France as Leo Vauchant. He played trombone and arranged for the Jack Hylton band in England 1928-1930, then moved to the United States in 1931, as arranger for Fred Waring, before joining MGM's staff.
2ABC TV used his "Bugler's Dream" for its broadcasts of the Olympics and for its TV series "ABC's Wide World of Sports."
3The French born composer studied at conservatories in Lyon and Paris. After studying with composers Vincent D'Indy and Maurice Ravel, he emigrated to the United States in 1931. For many years, he performed in Fred Waring's band. He also worked in Hollywood as an arranger, composer, and orchestrator from 1936-1966.
4Performed on a recording of "Bugler's Dream." The Cleveland Symphonic Winds performed the piece on its album, "Stars & Stripes: Marches, Fanfares & Wind Band Spectaculars" and Arnaud flew from Hollywood, California to Cleveland to play percussion on the recording. Famed wind ensemble conductor and music educator Frederick Fennell conducted the wind ensemble for the recording.
5He composed the theme music which was used for the Olympics, "Olympic Fanfare." In 1958, conductor Felix Slatkin commissioned him to compose a piece for Slatkin's 1958 album, "Charge!" As a result of this commission, he composed "The Charge Suite," which includes "Bugler's Dream." In 1968, representatives from ABC heard "Bugler's Dream," and they wanted to use this piece for the ABC TV coverage of the Olympics. The composer and music publisher agreed, and ABC - and later - NBC network broadcasts of the Olympics have used the piece ever since. Consequently, this piece has been known by its original name ("Bugler's Dream") and its nickname ("Olympic Fanfare").


Music Department

Voyage of the Damned1976orchestrator - uncredited
The F.B.I.1971TV Series composer - 1 episode
Mackenna's Gold1969orchestrator - uncredited
The Extraordinary Seaman1969orchestrator - uncredited
The Fixer1968orchestrator - uncredited
5 Card Stud1968orchestrator - uncredited
Grand Prix1966musician: drums - uncredited
The Professionals1966orchestrator - uncredited
Hollywood My Home Town1965Documentary orchestrator
Doctor Zhivago1965orchestrator - uncredited
The Man from Button Willow1965orchestrator
The Unsinkable Molly Brown1964orchestrator
Mail Order Bride1964orchestrator - uncredited
Sunday in New York1963orchestrator - uncredited
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963Documentary orchestrator
Billy Rose's Jumbo1962orchestrator
Mutiny on the Bounty1962orchestrator - uncredited
Count Your Blessings1959orchestrator - uncredited
Warlock1959orchestrator - uncredited
Green Mansions1959musician: drums - uncredited / orchestrator - uncredited
The Proud Ones1956orchestrator - uncredited
The Rains of Ranchipur1955orchestrator - uncredited
Bad Day at Black Rock1955orchestrator - uncredited
Woman's World1954orchestrator - uncredited
The Gambler from Natchez1954composer: additional music - uncredited / orchestrator - uncredited
The Raid1954orchestrator - uncredited
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers1954orchestrations
Rose Marie1954orchestrator
Main Street to Broadway1953conductor / orchestrator
The Desert Rats1953musician: drums, percussion - uncredited
Sombrero1953music arranger / musical director
Down Among the Sheltering Palms1953orchestrator - uncredited
Stars and Stripes Forever1952orchestrator
What Price Glory1952musician: drums, percussion - uncredited
The Quiet Man1952orchestrator - uncredited
Lovely to Look At1952orchestrator
The Pride of St. Louis1952orchestrator - uncredited
Fixed Bayonets!1951musician: drums, percussion - uncredited
Across the Wide Missouri1951orchestrator - uncredited
Criminal Lawyer1951composer: stock music - uncredited
The Strip1951orchestrator
Rich, Young and Pretty1951orchestrator - uncredited
Excuse My Dust1951composer: additional music - uncredited / orchestrator
Kind Lady1951orchestrator - uncredited
Cause for Alarm!1951orchestrator - uncredited
The Magnificent Yankee1950orchestrator - uncredited
Kim1950orchestrator - uncredited
Two Weeks with Love1950orchestrator
The Showdown1950orchestrator - uncredited
Three Little Words1950orchestrator
The Reformer and the Redhead1950orchestrator - uncredited
Singing Guns1950composer: additional music - uncredited / orchestrator - uncredited
That Midnight Kiss1949orchestrator
The Kid from Cleveland1949additional orchestrator - uncredited
The Wyoming Bandit1949composer: stock music - uncredited
Neptune's Daughter1949orchestrator
The Barkleys of Broadway1949orchestrator - uncredited
The Kissing Bandit1948orchestrator - uncredited
One Touch of Venus1948songs: arranged and conducted by - as Leon Arnaud
A Date with Judy1948orchestrator
Easter Parade1948orchestrator
Big City1948orchestrator
The Romance of Rosy Ridge1947orchestrator - uncredited
Hit Parade of 19471947orchestrator
The Arnelo Affair1947orchestrator - uncredited
Calendar Girl1947orchestrator
The Thrill of Brazil1946musical director / orchestrator
Earl Carroll Sketchbook1946orchestrator - uncredited
The Very Thought of You1944orchestral arrangements
The Negro Soldier1944Documentary short orchestrator - uncredited
The Battle of Russia1943Documentary orchestrator - uncredited
Wintertime1943orchestrator - uncredited
Best Foot Forward1943orchestrator
Du Barry Was a Lady1943orchestrator
Three Hearts for Julia1943composer: stock music - uncredited
Presenting Lily Mars1943composer: additional music - uncredited / orchestrator - uncredited
For Me and My Gal1942orchestrator / vocal arranger
Thunder Birds: Soldiers of the Air1942orchestrator - uncredited
Iceland1942/Iorchestrator - uncredited
A Yank at Eton1942orchestrator - uncredited
Panama Hattie1942orchestrator / vocals
Somewhere I'll Find You1942orchestrator - uncredited
Berlin Correspondent1942orchestrator - uncredited
Tortilla Flat1942orchestrator - uncredited
Ship Ahoy1942orchestrator / vocal arranger
Rio Rita1942music arranger: vocals / orchestrator
To the Shores of Tripoli1942orchestrator - uncredited
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake1942orchestrator - uncredited
Babes on Broadway1941orchestrator / vocal arranger
Remember the Day1941orchestrator - uncredited
Design for Scandal1941orchestrator - uncredited
Two-Faced Woman1941orchestrator
You'll Never Get Rich1941music arranger - uncredited
Lady Be Good1941orchestrator / vocals
When Ladies Meet1941orchestrator - uncredited
Blossoms in the Dust1941orchestrator - uncredited
The Big Store1941vocal and orchestration
I'll Wait for You1941composer: main and end title music - uncredited
Ziegfeld Girl1941orchestrator / vocal arranger
Blondie Goes Latin1941music arranger
The Philadelphia Story1940orchestrator - uncredited
Murder Over New York1940orchestrator - uncredited
Utopia of Death1940Short documentary orchestrator - uncredited
Strike Up the Band1940chorals / orchestrator
Yesterday's Heroes1940orchestrator - uncredited
Sporting Blood1940orchestrator - uncredited
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante1940orchestrator - as Arnaud
Two Girls on Broadway1940orchestrator
Blondie on a Budget1940composer: stock music - uncredited
Broadway Melody of 19401940vocal and orchestration
Pinocchio1940orchestrator: Monstro sequence - uncredited
I Take This Woman1940orchestrator - uncredited
The Earl of Chicago1940orchestrator - uncredited
Gone with the Wind1939orchestrator - uncredited
Nick Carter, Master Detective1939orchestrator - uncredited
The Amazing Mr. Williams1939composer: stock music - uncredited
Babes in Arms1939orchestral arrangements
The Wizard of Oz1939orchestrator: Munchkinland musical sequence - uncredited
Lady of the Tropics1939orchestrator - uncredited
Broadway Serenade1939vocal and orchestral collaboration
Society Lawyer1939orchestrator
The Ice Follies of 19391939orchestral and vocal arrangements
Out West with the Hardys1938orchestrator - uncredited
The City of Little Men1938Documentary short orchestrator - uncredited
Vacation from Love1938orchestrator - uncredited
Boys Town1938musical arranger
It's in the Stars1938Short orchestrator - uncredited
The Little Ranger1938Short orchestrator - uncredited
The Crowd Roars1938orchestrator - uncredited
Marie Antoinette1938orchestrator - uncredited
Yellow Jack1938orchestrator - uncredited
Snow Gets in Your Eyes1938Short orchestrator - uncredited
Billy Rose's Casa Mañana Revue1938Short orchestrator - uncredited
Music Made Simple1938Short orchestrator - uncredited
The Girl of the Golden West1938orchestral arrangements / vocal arrangements
The First Hundred Years1938orchestrator - uncredited
Of Human Hearts1938orchestrator - uncredited
What Do You Think? (Number Three)1938Short orchestrator - uncredited
Rosalie1937orchestral and vocal arrangements
Mannequin1937orchestrator - uncredited
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry1937orchestrator - uncredited
Navy Blue and Gold1937orchestrator - uncredited
Conquest1937orchestrator - uncredited
Double Wedding1937orchestrator - uncredited
The Women Men Marry1937orchestrator - uncredited
Broadway Melody of 19381937vocal and orchestral arrangements
A Day at the Races1937choral arrangements / orchestral arrangements
Carnival in Paris1937Short vocal and orchestral arrangements
Song of Revolt1937Short composer: additional music - uncredited / vocal and orchestral arrangements
Sinner Take All1936composer: stock music - uncredited
Born to Dance1936choral arrangements
Love on the Run1936orchestrator - uncredited
Annie Laurie1936Short orchestrator - uncredited
No Place Like Rome1936Short vocal and orchestral arrangements
Sworn Enemy1936orchestrator - uncredited
Violets in Spring1936Short vocal and orchestral arrangements
Women Are Trouble1936orchestrator - uncredited
Hollywood Extra!1936Documentary short orchestrator - uncredited


The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2013TV Series writer - 36 episodes
Balls of Fury2007writer: "Olympic Fanfare Bugler's Dream" - as Leo Arnaud
Miracle2004writer: "Bugler's Dream"
Monkeybone2001writer: "Olympic Fanfare Bugler's Dream"
Without Limits1998writer: "Bugler's Dream"
Prefontaine1997writer: "Bugler's Dream"
Nadia1984TV Movie music: "Bugler's Dream" - uncredited
Sombrero1953music: "Gypsy Dance", "Farruca Flamenca" - uncredited
Hollywood Daredevils1943Short music: "Cafe and Dance" - uncredited
Third Finger, Left Hand1940arranger: "Hail to California" 1907, "Carmen Ohio" 1903 - uncredited
A Christmas Carol1938arranger: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" - uncredited


The F.B.I.1965TV Series 2 episodes
The Unsinkable Molly Brown1964uncredited
Billy Rose's Jumbo1962uncredited
Day of Fear1957
Neptune's Daughter1949uncredited
Apache Rose1947uncredited
Trail to San Antone1947uncredited
The Thrill of Brazil1946uncredited
Grandfather's Follies1944Short uncredited
Babes on Broadway1941uncredited
Blondie Goes Latin1941uncredited
Strike Up the Band1940uncredited
Broadway Melody of 19381937uncredited


The Competition1980conducting coach
Stars and Stripes Forever1952conducting instructor: Clifton Webb - uncredited


Nominated Awards

1965OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or TreatmentThe Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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