The Info List - Irwin Kostal

Irwin Kostal (October 1, 1911 – November 23, 1994) was an American musical arranger of films and an orchestrator of Broadway musicals.


1 Biography 2 Death 3 Additional filmography 4 Additional Broadway credits 5 Additional awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Biography[edit] Born in Chicago, Illinois, Kostal opted not to attend college, instead teaching himself musical arranging by studying the symphonic scores available at his local library. His first professional job was as a staff arranger for Design for Listening, an NBC
radio show based in his hometown. Irwin was one of four children born to James and Emma Kostal. His siblings James, Jerome and Violet all remained in the Chicago
area.[1] After moving to New York City, Kostal was hired for Sid Caesar's popular variety series Your Show of Shows, and followed this with a stint at The Garry Moore
Garry Moore
Show. 1954-56 Max Liebman's NBC
Spectulars: The Merry Widow, Tales of Hoffman, , The Gypsy Baron, Der Fledermaus, The Desert Song with Nelson Eddy, Babes in Toyland, Naughty Marietta, Marco Polo and Lady in the Dark. Orchestrator 1956-57 Washington Square with Ray Bolger 1957 "Stanley" Series with Buddy Hackett and Carol Burnett. Composer, Arranger and Conductor 1957-58 The Patrice Munsel Show 1958-1963 The Gary Moore Show, Orchestrator 1958 Has Brinker and the Silver Skates TV Special, Arranger and Conductor 1961 Candid Camera with Allen Funt and Arthur Godfrey 1962 Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, Arranged and Conducted 1965 Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
and Gene Kelly, Arranged and Conducted - Both Emmy Shows 1966 Lucy in London Arranged and Conducted 1966 Brigadoon Hallmark Hall of Fame (Emmy Show) with Robert Goulet and Sally Ann Howes 1971 Dick Van Dyke Special
with Michel LeGrand Arranged and Conducted 1973 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A musical with Kirk Douglas, Arranged and Conducted - Emmy Nominated 1974 Old Faithful with Burgess Meredith, Jadon Robards and Zero Mostel 1978 The Million Dollar Dixie Deliverance, Disney TV Movie, Original Score, Arranged and Conducted In the latter part of the decade he began working on Broadway, orchestrating for Shinbone Alley, The Music Man, Fiorello!, and West Side Story. His work on the latter resulted in his being hired to score the 1961 screen adaptation with Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, and Sid Ramin. The quartet won both an Oscar and a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for their contributions. Kostal later went on to collaborate with Saul Chaplin for the 1965 film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
and won an Oscar for Best Music Scoring. He also conducted the orchestra for several of the Firestone Christmas Albums. For the remainder of his life, Kostal divided his time primarily between stage and screen, with an occasional detour into television to work with such people as Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, and Leonard Bernstein. He supervised five of the Sherman Brothers
Sherman Brothers
musical film scores (one of them being Mary Poppins) at four different movie studios between 1964 and 1978. In 1982, he conducted the digital re-recording of the music to Walt Disney's 1940 animated feature Fantasia. Death[edit] Kostal died of a heart attack in Studio City, California. At the time of his death he was president of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers. In 2004 he was named a Disney Legend in recognition of his contributions to films released by the studio. Additional filmography[edit]

West Side Story (1961) Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall
Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall
(1962) Mary Poppins (1964) The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
(1965) Half a Sixpence (1967) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
(1971) Charlotte's Web (1973) The Blue Bird (1976) Pete's Dragon (1977) The Magic of Lassie
The Magic of Lassie
(1978) Fantasia
(1982) Mickey's Christmas Carol
Mickey's Christmas Carol

Additional Broadway credits[edit]

West Side Story (1957) Tenderloin (1960) Sail Away (1961) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
(1962) Gigi (1973) Rex (1976) Copperfield (1981) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982)

Additional awards and nominations[edit]

1962 - Academy Award - Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture, (West Side Story, winner)) 1965 Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment (Mary Poppins, nominee) 1966 Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment (The Sound of Music, winner) 1972 Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and Adaptation (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, nominee) 1978 Academy Award for Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score (Pete's Dragon, nominee) 1966 Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Individual Achievements in Music - Conducting (The Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
Show, nominee) 1973 Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction of a Variety, Musical or Dramatic Program (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, nominee)


^ Irwin Kostal at Disney Legends

External links[edit]

Irwin Kostal at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Irwin Kostal on IMDb

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Academy Award for Best Original Score


Louis Silvers
Louis Silvers
(1934) Max Steiner
Max Steiner
(1935) Leo F. Forbstein
Leo F. Forbstein
(1936) Charles Previn
Charles Previn
(1937) Erich Wolfgang Korngold/Alfred Newman (1938) Herbert Stothart/Richard Hageman, W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Leo Shuken (1939)


Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned Washington/Alfred Newman (1940) Bernard Herrmann/ Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace (1941) Max Steiner/ Ray Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld (1942) Alfred Newman/ Ray Heindorf (1943) Max Steiner/ Morris Stoloff and Carmen Dragon
Carmen Dragon
(1944) Miklós Rózsa/ Georgie Stoll (1945) Hugo Friedhofer/ Morris Stoloff (1946) Miklós Rózsa/Alfred Newman (1947) Brian Easdale/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
and Roger Edens (1948) Aaron Copland/ Roger Edens and Lennie Hayton (1949)


Franz Waxman/ Adolph Deutsch and Roger Edens (1950) Franz Waxman/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
and Saul Chaplin (1951) Dimitri Tiomkin/Alfred Newman (1952) Bronisław Kaper/Alfred Newman (1953) Dimitri Tiomkin/ Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin (1954) Alfred Newman/Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton and Adolph Deutsch (1955) Victor Young/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1956) Malcolm Arnold (1957) Dimitri Tiomkin/Andre Previn (1958) Miklós Rózsa/Andre Previn and Ken Darby (1959)


Ernest Gold/ Morris Stoloff and Harry Sukman (1960) Henry Mancini/Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal (1961) Maurice Jarre/ Ray Heindorf (1962) John Addison/Andre Previn (1963) Richard M. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman/Andre Previn (1964) Maurice Jarre/ Irwin Kostal (1965) John Barry/ Ken Thorne (1966) Elmer Bernstein/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1967) John Barry/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
(1968) Burt Bacharach/ Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman (1969)


Francis Lai/ The Beatles
The Beatles
(John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) (1970) Michel Legrand/ John Williams
John Williams
(1971) Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell/ Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns
(1972) Marvin Hamlisch/ Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
(1973) Nino Rota
Nino Rota
and Carmine Coppola/ Nelson Riddle
Nelson Riddle
(1974) John Williams/ Leonard Rosenman
Leonard Rosenman
(1975) Jerry Goldsmith/ Leonard Rosenman
Leonard Rosenman
(1976) John Williams/ Jonathan Tunick (1977) Giorgio Moroder/ Joe Renzetti (1978) Georges Delerue/ Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns


Michael Gore (1980) Vangelis
(1981) John Williams/ Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
and Leslie Bricusse (1982) Bill Conti/Michel Legrand, Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1983) Maurice Jarre/Prince (1984) John Barry (1985) Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
(1986) Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne
David Byrne
and Cong Su (1987) Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin
(1988) Alan Menken
Alan Menken


John Barry (1990) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1991) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1992) John Williams
John Williams
(1993) Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
(1994) Luis Enríquez Bacalov/ Alan Menken
Alan Menken
and Stephen Schwartz (1995) Gabriel Yared/ Rachel Portman (1996) James Horner/ Anne Dudley
Anne Dudley
(1997) Nicola Piovani/ Stephen Warbeck (1998) John Corigliano (1999)


Tan Dun
Tan Dun
(2000) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2001) Elliot Goldenthal
Elliot Goldenthal
(2002) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2003) Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
(2004) Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2005) Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2006) Dario Marianelli (2007) A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman
(2008) Michael Giacchino
Michael Giacchino


Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor
and Atticus Ross
Atticus Ross
(2010) Ludovic Bource
Ludovic Bource
(2011) Mychael Danna (2012) Steven Price (2013) Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
(2014) Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(2015) Justin Hurwitz
Justin Hurwitz
(2016) Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat

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(1940) Fantasia 2000
Fantasia 2000


Leopold Stokowski
Leopold Stokowski
(Fantasia) Irwin Kostal (1982 digital re-recording) James Levine
James Levine
( Fantasia



Toccata and Fugue in D minor The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker
Suite The Sorcerer's Apprentice The Rite of Spring Symphony
No. 6 Dance of the Hours Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria


No. 5 Pines of Rome Rhapsody in Blue Piano Concerto No. 2 The Carnival of the Animals The Sorcerer's Apprentice Pomp and Circumstance Marches The Firebird
The Firebird


Mickey Mouse Donald Duck Daisy Duck Chernabog Yen Sid

Video games

(1991) Disney Magical World
Disney Magical World
(2013) Disney Infinity (2013) Fantasia: Music Evolved (2014)


A Corny Concerto
A Corny Concerto
(1943 film) Gumbasia (1955 film) Allegro Non Troppo (1977 film) Destino
(2003) Lorenzo (2004) Fantasia
Gardens Fantasmic! Fantasound The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) Sorcerer's Hat Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert Kingdom Hearts Epic Mickey Once Upon a Time Ten Pieces Deems Taylor

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