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Robert Farnon: Interview 2

Interview Two: Writing for Strings

Robert Farnon talks to Les Tomkins in 1967 about his approach to writing for strings.

Interview: 1967

Source: Jazz Professional

Interview Text or Transcript

Quincy Jones was with Philips Records for quite a long time, as an A and R man. We made about four or five albums together, including the one with Sarah Vaughan. I directed the orchestra; he was in the control room A and R–ing, as it were. I think that contract resulted from the fact that my orchestral music appealed to him. And he was interested in writing for the orchestra in that way—for the straighter instruments and strings. Not just the jazz side of it, which he had done for so many years. This, of course, is what he’s now putting into practice in his film scores.

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