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. 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.