Knowledge Identifier: +Elmer_Bernstein
Born in 1922.
Countries: United States (54%), (18%), United Kingdom (14%)
Linked to: American Film Institute, London Symphony Orchestra, Thornton School of Music, National Geographic Channel
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
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
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"
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
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"
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
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
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