High Noon

In the Top 10 of the American Film Institute’s 25 Greatest Film Scores Of All Time
No. 2 on the American Film Institute’s 10 Greatest Westerns
Winner of 2 Academy Awards for music: Best Music, Original Song; Best Music

The noonday train will bring Frank Miller / If I'm a man I must be brave / And I must face that deadly killer / Or lie a coward in my grave.

Driven by Dmitri Tiomkin’s unique and compelling Academy Award-winning score (also rated as one of the Top Ten Film Scores Of All Time by the American Film Institute), “High Noon” is a complex, yet engaging model of difficult times and shifting values in our country. With cowboys and guns and the stunning Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper makes noon much more than a deadline. 

Program Information

Film Credits

Gary Cooper — Marshal Will Kane
Thomas Mitchell — Mayor Jonas Henderson
Lloyd Bridges — Deputy Marshal Harvey Pell
Katy Jurado — Helen Ramírez
Grace Kelly — Amy Fowler Kane
Otto Kruger — Judge Percy Mettrick
Lon Chaney Jr. — Martin Howe
Harry Morgan — Sam Fuller


Directed by
Fred Zinnemann


Screenplay by
Carl Foreman


Magazine story “The Tin Star”
John W. Cunningham


Produced by
Carl Foreman
Stanley Kramer


Music Composed and Directed by
Dimitri Tiomkin


Film Courtesy of Paramount Pictures, Inc.


Production Credits

Producer: John Goberman

Live Orchestra Adaptation: Patrick Russ

Technical Supervisor: Pat McGillen

Music Preparation: Larry Spivack


Running Time: 85 minutes


The producer wishes to acknowledge the contributions and extraordinary support of John Waxman (Themes & Variations).

A Symphonic Night at the Movies is a production of PGM Productions, Inc. (New York) and appears by arrangement with IMG Artists


2 Flutes (2nd doubles Piccolo)
2 Oboes (2nd doubles English Horn)
2 Bassoons (2nd doubles Contra)


4 Horns (in F)
3 Trumpets (in Bb)
3 Tenor Trombones
Bass Trombone


Percussion (3 or 4 players):
chimes, glockenspiel, marimba, vibraphone, xylophone,
bass drum, field drum, snare drum, muffled drum, tom-toms,
castanets, large gong, small gong, cymbal, piatti, suspended
cymbal, tambourine, temple blocks, triangle, timpani 2


Piano (doubles celesta)


Accordion (or synth keyboard set to “Accordion”)


[ no violins ]


Violas: A and B (12 players)
Cellos: A and B (6 to 8 players)
Basses (4 to 5 players)

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