Elmer Bernstein

Knowledge Identifier: +Elmer_Bernstein


Elmer Bernstein

American composer and conductor best known for his many film scores add

Category: Music

Born in 1922.

Countries: United States (54%), (18%), United Kingdom (14%)

Main connections: Miklos Rozsa, Don Black (lyricist), True Grit (1969 film)

Linked to: American Film Institute, London Symphony Orchestra, Thornton School of Music, National Geographic Channel




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Elmer Bernstein was born in 1922 add something


Having studied composition under Aaron Copland, Roger Sessions and Stefan Wolpe, Bernstein performed as a concert pianist between 1939 and 1950 and wrote numerous classical compositions, including three orchestral suites, two song cycles, various compositions for viola and piano and for solo piano, and a string quartet add something


Along with many in Hollywood , Bernstein faced censure during the McCarthy era of the early 1950s add something


He received 14 Academy award nominations and was nominated at least once per decade from the 1950s until the 2000s, but his only win was for "Thoroughly Modern Millie" for Best Original Music Score add something


Sweet Smell of Success - The film score was composed, arranged and conducted by Elmer Bernstein, but the picture featured jazz themes performed by the Chico Hamilton Quintet, and two soundtrack albums were released on the Decca label in 1958


Throughout his life, Bernstein demonstrated an enthusiasm for an even wider spectrum of the arts than his childhood interests would imply and, in 1959, when he was scoring "The Story on Page One", he considered becoming a novelist and asked the film's screenwriter, Clifford Odets, to give him lessons in writing fiction add something


In 1963, he won the Emmy for Excellence in Television for his score of the documentary "The Making of The President 1960" add something


The Sons of Katie Elder - Johnny Cash sang a song in 1965 called "The Sons of Katie Elder"; Elmer Bernstein and E. Sheldon wrote the song


Bernstein had previously conducted Herrmann's original unused score for Alfred Hitchcock's 1966 "Torn Curtain" add something


In addition to his film music, Bernstein wrote the scores for two Broadway musicals, "How Now, Dow Jones", with lyricist Carolyn Leigh, in 1967 and "Merlin", with lyricist Don Black, in 1983 add something


Miklos Rozsa - In 1968, Rózsa was asked to score "The Green Berets", after Elmer Bernstein turned it down due to his political beliefs


Don Black (lyricist) - Black received his second Oscar nomination for Best Song with the title theme, written with Elmer Bernstein, of the 1969 John Wayne western "True Grit"


Glen Campbell - The 1969 song True Grit by composer Elmer Bernstein and lyricist Don Black, and sung by Campbell, who co-starred in the movie, received nominations for both the Academy *award for Best Song and the Golden Globe


Walk on the Wild Side (Lou Reed song) - As with several other Reed songs from the 1970s, the title may be an allusion to an earlier song, in this case Mack David and Elmer Bernstein's song of the same name, the Academy Award-nominated title song of the 1962 film based on Algren's novel


In 1996, Bernstein was honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard add something


London Symphony Orchestra - As president of the Young Musicians Foundation, Bernstein became acquainted with classical guitarist Christopher Parkening and wrote a Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, which Parkening recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra under Bernstein's baton for the Angel label in 1999 add something


Bernstein again was honored by ASCAP with its marquee Founders award in 2001 and with the NARAS Governors award in June 2004 add something

Elmer Bernstein died in 2004 add something


Bernstein died of cancer in his sleep at his home in Ojai, California, on August 18, 2004 add something


Hollywood Symphony Orchestra - Composers represented in 2006 included Miklós Rózsa, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Maurice Jarre, Victor Young, Dimitri Tiomkin, Craig Armstrong, Clint Eastwood, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Dave Grusin, Alex North, John Scott, Sergei Prokofiev, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Max Steiner, Don Davis, Ernest Gold, Bernard Herrmann