SOURCE: David Rose Publishing

David Rose Publishing

June 21, 2010 11:00 ET

Year-Long Celebration of David Rose's 100th Birthday June 15, 2010, Features New Never-Before-Released Recordings of Award-Winning Composer's Classics

Rose's TV Show Themes "Little House on the Prairie" and "Highway to Heaven" Receive Digital Releases Through BFM Digital

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) -  In honor of the late David Rose's 100th birthday on June 15, 2010, David Rose Publishing Company is launching a year-long salute to the award-winning composer and his works.

This centennial year will focus on a variety of projects, including the recording of a series of previously unexploited works, the first-time release of new tracks of Rose's more popular themes and the continued promotion of his works for licensing and performances.

While the music of David Rose was created decades ago, it remains popular today in film and television and with orchestras of all sizes.

"Even 20 years after my father passed away, it's great that his music is still requested and performed. We are regularly licensing his music and renting his scores," says Angela Rose White, chief operating officer of David Rose Publishing, and daughter of David Rose. "As part of his Centennial celebration, it's also really exciting to take his music into the digital age. I think he would be thrilled that we are opening up his music to even more generations who can enjoy and be inspired by it."

Through digital distributor BFM Digital, White announced today that David Rose Publishing's year-long birthday celebration kicks off with the release of a new recreated master of Rose's television theme "Little House on the Prairie" (1974). BFM also will distribute an EP digital release showcasing four separate tracks of Rose's original television show theme "Highway to Heaven" (1984), including long and short instrumental versions and vocal recordings featuring lyrics by Hal David. Digital releases will be available on Tuesday, June 22, through all major online digital music retailers worldwide, including: iTunes, Amazon, Napster, eMusic, Rhapsody and Walmart, among others.

The centennial coincides with the first commercial recording of Rose's composition "Le Papillon," written in 1980 especially for the expertise of one of the most widely heard classical flutists, Louise DiTullio. She has performed the piece live on very limited occasions during the past 30 years, and has now recorded it for the first time as part of her new CD, "The Hollywood Flute of Louise DiTullio," released in 2010 by Cambria and distributed by Naxos. 

According to White, plans during the Centennial year celebration include the promotion of the David Rose rental catalog to orchestras Rose guest-conducted during his 60-year career, and those that have rented his scores over the last two decades. Additionally, the company is working with ASCAP to launch a tribute in recognition of Rose during his Centennial year celebration.

Rose (1910-1990) helped establish the golden age of American instrumental pop and few artists have managed to equal his output in terms of innovation, diversity and volume. Dubbed "The King of Strings," Rose created his signature employment of pizzicato strings and melodic octave doubling over block chords which is clearly audible in his most popular works.

Rose is best known for his massive hits "The Stripper" (1958) and "Holiday for Strings" (1942), the latter serving as the theme song for Red Skelton's long-running television show. Rose had a lucrative 23-year association with Skelton, writing numerous leitmotifs of Skelton's many characters, including the clip-clop theme for Freddy the Freeloader that Rose titled "Lovable Clown." 

In addition to Skelton, Rose enjoyed a long-term relationship with Michael Landon, working on three of Landon's popular television series ("Little House on the Prairie," "Father Murphy" and "Highway to Heaven") and two Landon films. Rose's scores for "Bonanza," "Little House on the Prairie" and "The High Chaparral" series have been regarded as some of the finest in television history and serve as a benchmark for all contemporary Western themes. 

Composing music until his death on August 23, 1990, the British-born composer recorded over 5,000 hours of music and 50 albums, scored 36 films and composed the background music and themes for 24 television shows. In addition, he received four Emmy® Awards and nine nominations, three Grammy® Award nominations and two Academy Award® nominations, as well as six gold records and several recognitions of repeated performances from ASCAP. He was also honored as one of the original 1500 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and "Holiday for Strings" also was inducted into the NARAS Hall of Fame in 2004.

To this day, Rose's music is at the forefront of Hollywood's consciousness as evidenced by its most recent use in TV shows such as "Two and a Half Men" (2009), "Ugly Betty" (2010) and "Scrubs" (2003), and films such as "Hot Tub Time Machine" (2010) and "The Full Monty" (1997) among countless others. His legacy lives on not only through his brilliant compositions, but also through his innovation in the field of sound recording as he pioneered the use of the echo chamber and 21 channel separation in orchestral recording.

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