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David Shire


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Buffalo, New York, USA (1960 – present)

David Shire (born in Buffalo, New York, USA on 3 July 1937) is an American Pianist, and the of stage s and film and television s. Some of his best known works include the soundtrack to the 1974 movie The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and parts of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack such as “Night on Disco Mountain”, an adaptation of Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. His other work includes the score of the 1985 film, Return to Oz, the “sequel-in-part” of The Wizard of Oz. Shire is married to actress Didi Conn.

Born the son of Buffalo society band leader and piano teacher Irving Shire, he met his long-time theater collaborator lyricist/director Richard Maltby, Jr. at Yale University, where the two wrote two musicals, Cyrano and Grand Tour, which were produced by the Yale Dramat. Shire also co-fronted a jazz group at school, the Shire-Fogg Quintet, and was a Phi Beta Kappa honors student, with a double major in English and music. He was a member of the Pundits and Elihu and he graduated magna cum laude in 1959.

After a semester of graduate work at Brandeis University (where he was the first Eddie Fisher Fellow) and six months in the National Guard infantry, Shire took up residence in New York City, working as a dance class pianist, theater rehearsal and pit pianist, and society band musician while constantly working with Maltby on musicals. Their first off-Broadway show, The Sap of Life, was produced in 1960 at the Sheridan Square Theater in Greenwich Village.


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  • Eglantinetje

    Score for "Zodiac" is perfect to spice up the atmosphere while studying. It's like I'm doing something scary.

    26 Jan 2012 Reply
  • a_ste

    great arranger ever

    19 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Clackers

    Short Circuit

    15 Mar 2010 Reply
  • rinneblack

    v agreed.

    19 Feb 2010 Reply
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    13 Sep 2009 Reply
  • LnrigkRepcot

    I too wish that the soundtrack to The Conversation was available on Combined with the mastery of Walter Murch, the distinct levels of audio in the film are magnificent.

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Gurdonark

    The soundtrack to the Conversation is wonderful, and deserves to be here in full-track form on

    21 Feb 2009 Reply
  • onthewall2983

    MisterBurton is right on the money. He was also a perfect choice for the movie since he worked with Pakula, whom Fincher highly regards and whose influence can be felt throughout the film.

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Gradouble

    magical music for the film "zodiac" !

    4 Nov 2008 Reply
  • nickypeeters

    I wish the music honchos in charge would put the score to The Conversation on iTunes or something. Can't seem to find it in the real world ;-(

    19 Sep 2008 Reply
  • larslindahl

    the conversation & taking of pelham = gems. shire's got the golden touch.

    22 Apr 2008 Reply
  • MisterBurton

    His work on Zodiac is overlooked and underrated, to me it's a stunning and haunting piece of minimalism that truly adds an extra dimension, and NOT overrules, the film for which it's been written. Awesome...

    19 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Glutek

    'Theme from The Conversation' is insane.

    11 Jan 2008 Reply
  • themusicaddict

    The Conversation is one of the best compositions of all-time. Highly underrated - and even unknown in most circles.

    10 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Epitymbidia

    I love Return to Oz and Zodiac, both are so amazing; but Farewell my Lovely is very good as well.

    1 Oct 2007 Reply

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