Alf Clausen: Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons

In two collections of music from “The Simpsons”, “Songs in the Key of Springfield” and “Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons”, music director Alf Clausen gives a master class in composing for television. An admirer of Nelson Riddle and Henry Mancini, Clausen’s music is like “The Simpsons” itself — bubbling over with send-ups, quotations and musical references, each rendered with perfect pitch.
Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons
Released: 11/2/1999
Label: Rhino
Genre: Pop
All Alf Clausen profiles…
Composer and arranger Alf Clausen was surprised when he got tapped for “The Simpsons”: he’d never composed for a cartoon.
Playing It Straight
The lyrics may be hilarious, but Clausen’s compositions are often loving musical tributes.
Living the Dream
A former college composition student still seems amazed to find himself at the top of his field.
The Simpsons Theme
Clausen’s arrangements of Danny Elfman’s original composition span the musical globe from Route 66 to Aboriginal Australia.
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