Welcome to CharlieChaplinMusic.com! On this site we’ll explore a relatively little discussed aspect of Chaplin’s career—Charlie Chaplin the composer. In addition, this site will serve as a companion to and precursor for the book I’m writing on Chaplin’s music, which will be published by McFarland & Co.
Chaplin may not have known how to read or write music, but he was involved in his scores at the deepest level. No matter who he worked with on his scores—from Arthur Johnston and Alfred Newman on CITY LIGHTS in 1931 to Eric James and Eric Rogers on his new score for 1923’s A WOMAN OF PARIS, written in 1974—there’s no mistaking Chaplin’s fingerprint on the music. From hits like “Smile” and “This Is My Song” to his earliest compositional efforts in 1916, Chaplin’s musical career spans six decades.
The mission of CharlieChaplinMusic.com is to share my enthusiasm for this little known aspect of Chaplin’s life and hopefully encourage fans to discover a new appreciation for Chaplin’s already bountiful talent. Join me as I unearth interesting artifacts from the Chaplin Archive in Bologna (and the music archive in Montreux) and other little known crevices of the world.
And please know that your presence here makes you part of the writing process as well, so by all means take part in the discussions and don’t be shy with your comments. (When has anyone ever been shy on the Internet?)
As for who I am? I’m a freelance writer and editor based in New York City. I have a Bachelors from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters from The University of Texas (Austin), both in Clarinet Performance. I have written about film music professionally since 2005, including liner notes for Film Score Monthly, Intrada, La-La Land Records, Varèse Sarabande Records, and Disques Cinemusique, and have served as the Managing Editor of Film Score Monthly Online.
If you’re interested in film music in general, check out my other site at FilmScoreClickTrack.com. To read some of my published writing and find out more about my professional writing services, please visit JimLochner.com.
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