David Schwartz

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David Schwartz is an American composer, known for his scoring of the music for several television series. He composed most of the songs for Arrested Development, and he returned as the series composer for the fourth season, which debuted on Netflix.[1]

Schwartz attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He began composing music for television and film in 1990.[2] The theme for his first network television series, Northern Exposure, resulted in a Grammy nomination.[3] "Theme from Northern Exposure", credited to Schwartz, hit #15 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in late 1992.[4] He scored every episode of the show's six season run.[2]

He has scored themes for television productions including Two of Us, The Good Place, Deadwood, Arrested Development, Carpoolers, Running Wilde, and Beverly Hills, 90210.[2] His film credits include You Stupid Man.[5]

He is the father of singer-songwriter Lucy Schwartz,[6] with whom he has collaborated on several projects, including the music for Arrested Development.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • BMI TV Music Award, 2007: Rules of Engagement[7]
  • BMI TV Music Award, 2006: Rules of Engagement[2]
  • Emmy nomination, 2004: Deadwood (for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music)[8]
  • Emmy nomination, 2002: Wolf Lake (for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music)[9]
  • BMI TV Music Award, 2001: Leap of Faith[2]
  • BMI TV Music Award, 1994: Northern Exposure[2]
  • BMI TV Music Award, 1993: Northern Exposure[2]
  • BMI TV Music Award, 1992: Northern Exposure[2]
  • Grammy nomination, 1992: Northern Exposure theme[3]


  1. ^ "Composer David Schwartz to return for Arrested Development Netflix series". Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Biography". David Schwartz Music. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2011. See the biography tab.
  3. ^ a b Macdonald, Patrick (January 8, 1993). "Grammys Show Influence Of Seattle Music". The Seattle Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary 1961-1993. Record Research. p. 213.
  5. ^ "You Stupid Man: Cast &crew". AllRovi. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  6. ^ Schofner, Heather (December 2, 2010). "Interview: Lucy Schwartz". Verbicide. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  7. ^ Burlingame, Jon (May 24, 2007). "George S. Clinton Receives BMI's Film/TV Career Achievement Award". Archives. Film Music Society. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  8. ^ "Deadwood". Emmys. Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  9. ^ "Wolf Lake". Emmys. Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved October 15, 2011.

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