I don't even own a DAW, I'm just a troll.
That's an interesting story, Mike...but I've loved the Golden age of scoring most of my life and never heard that (it could be true, of course). Newman was deservedly proud of such works as Song of Bernadette, The Robe (I mean, the guy won 9 Oscars, and it wasn't for doing something he hated doing). I can't imagine him burning those, or any of his, scores (especially since back then, when there was mostly only carbon paper copying). Why would he burn a score, especially when carbon copying was such a messy (ultimately frustrating) pain in zee derriere? No, this sounds like pure Hollywood Rumour.Lol, I'd also add wearing out patience, goodwill and tolerance within media work.
Was it Newman who also had big bonfire parties after he'd done a film score? The bonfire was for the ritual burning of the score. If it wasn't him, then it was someone, either way, how's that for a disparaging attitude to the art of scoring, or, is it the best way to be, not believing the hype etc.
The only peccadillo I've read about this Movie Music Giant is that he (like Bernard) wanted to be a conductor, not composer. In fact, he'd get pretty bummed out whenever the studio assigned someone else to conduct a score he liked.