> Does anyone know how I would go about finding and studying a written copy of David Shire's theme to the movie "Farewell My Lovely"? Do university music libraries
> have things like this or does the studio that origionally made the film keep written arrangements for the sound track or is the written score the property of the composer?
Great Question. I believe that the written music is the property of the studio but the composer probably has certain property rights too. I really don't know the "official" answer to your question. (Where's a lawyer when you need one ) The composer usually keep sketches (or fragments) of the score, possibly even the whole score, and several libraries do have score collections, though if it's rare, it's probably going to be just a non-circulating (or reference) item. I'm not sure if any of David Shire's collections have donated to any specific library. Apparently, the Belfer Library at Syracuse does house some cool film music stuff.
Browing thru this page I saw that they have selections from the 1944 The Farewell My Lovely film by Roy Webb. But the coolest "university" music libaray probably is on the west coast somewhere-- USC??? The USC library, in April, obtained the Elmer Bernstein Collection.
"The Bernstein collection, which contains numerous treasures, ranging from original scores to mementos, is valued at more than $5 million. A significant portion of the collection – including photographs, scores and audio recordings – eventually will be digitized so that students, aspiring musicians, composers and fans will have easy access to it."
Rozsa also donated his collection of peronal letters to USC. Hopefully more composers and thier estates will do the same.
PS: I wonder if the Library of Congress houses any film scores?