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Jerry Goldsmith

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Jerry Goldsmith

American composer and conductor most known for his work in film and television scoring add

Category: Music

Born in 1929.

Countries: United States (72%), (14%), United Kingdom (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Alex North, Golden Globe Award, Universal Studios

Linked to: American Film Institute, Los Angeles City College, University of Southern California, CBS




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Jerry Goldsmith was born in 1929 add something


At age sixteen, Goldsmith saw the 1945 film "Spellbound" in theaters and was inspired by veteran composer Miklós Rózsa's soundtrack to pursue a career in music add something


He was first married to Sharon Hennagin in 1950; they divorced in 1970 add something


In 1950, Goldsmith found work at CBS as a clerk typist in the network's music department under director Lud Gluskin add something


In an interview with Andy Velez from, Goldsmith stated, "It was about 1950 add something


In the 1950s, Goldsmith composed "Toccata for Solo Guitar" add something


He continued with scores to such films as the 1957 western "Face of a Fugitive" and the 1959 science fiction film "City of Fear" add something


His feature film debut occurred when he composed the music to the 1957 western "Black Patch" add something


In 1957, Goldsmith composed the patriotic piece based on a text by Thomas Wolfe titled "The Thunder of Imperial Names" for concert band and narration, which first appeared on the CBS Radio Workshop episode "1489 Words" add something


However, he only began receiving widespread name recognition after his intimate score to the 1962 classic western "Lonely Are the Brave" add something


In 1963, Goldsmith composed a score to "The Stripper", his first collaboration with director Franklin J. Schaffner for whom Goldsmith would later score the films "Planet of the Apes" , "Patton" , "Papillon" , and "The Boys from Brazil" add something


His scores for "Seven Days in May" and "The Sand Pebbles" garnered Goldsmith his first two respective Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Original Score in 1965 and 1967 add something


In 1968, Goldsmith caught massive critical attention with his landmark, controversial soundtrack to the post-apocalyptic science fiction epic "Planet of the Apes", which was one of the first film scores to be written entirely in an Avant garde style add something


In 1969, he composed the theme to the comedy-drama television series "Room 222" add something


In 1969, the California Chamber Symphony commissioned Goldsmith to compose a cantata based on the text "Christus Apollo" by science fiction author Ray Bradbury, with whom Goldsmith had previously worked on dramatic radio and later the 1969 film "The Illustrated Man" add something


Goldsmith received more critical praise with his daring music to the 1970 World War II biopic "Patton" add something


In 1970, Goldsmith was approached by conductor Leonard Slatkin to compose a short piece for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra add something


Though he did not return to compose for its 1970 sequel "Beneath the Planet of the Apes", Goldsmith scored the third installment in the "Planet of the Apes" franchise, 1971's "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" add something


Capitol Records - Columbia Records issued an album of dialog and music excerpts from the successful 1970 Dustin Hoffman film, "Little Big Man", and 20th Century Fox Records included George C. Scott's opening and closing speeches, as well as Jerry Goldsmith's score, in their soundtrack album made from the film "Patton"


He married Carol Heather in 1972, and the couple remained together until his death in 2004 add something


Goldsmith's critical success continued with his emotional score to the 1973 prison escape film "Papillon", which earned him an Academy award nomination and a nomination as one of the AFI's top twenty-five American film scores add something


In 1973, Goldsmith wrote the theme for the TV series Barnaby Jones add something


In 1974, Goldsmith was faced with the daunting task of replacing a score by composer Phillip Lambro to the neo-film noir "Chinatown" add something


Alex North - Although North later incorporated motifs from the rejected score for "The Shoes of the Fisherman", "Shanks" , and "Dragonslayer", the score itself remained unheard until composer Jerry Goldsmith rerecorded it for Varèse Sarabande in 1993


Alex North - Although North later incorporated motifs from the rejected score for "The Shoes of the Fisherman", "Shanks" , and "Dragonslayer", the score itself remained unheard until composer Jerry Goldsmith rerecorded it for Varèse Sarabande in 1993


Goldsmith earned more critical praise with his score to the 1975 epic period adventure film "The Wind and the Lion", which, true to the style of such Golden Age scores as Maurice Jarre's "Lawrence of Arabia", relied upon a diverse ensemble including many Moroccan instruments and a large percussion section add something


Despite this, Goldsmith won only one Oscar, for his score to the 1976 film "The Omen" add something


His last work was with another long-time collaborator, Richard Donner , on the 2003 science fiction film "Timeline" add something


In 1976, Goldsmith composed a dark choral score to the horror film "The Omen", which was the first film score to feature the use of a choir in an Avant-garde style add something


In 1976, he was awarded an Oscar for "The Omen" add something


In 1979, Goldsmith composed a score to the landmark science fiction film "Alien" add something


He did, however, still manage to compose for such non-fantasy productions as the 1981 period television miniseries "Masada" , the controversial 1982 war film "Inchon", the 1982 action classic "First Blood", and his Academy award and Golden Globe Award nominated score to 1983 political drama "Under Fire" in which he used the ethnic sounds of a South American pan flute, synthetic elements, and the prominently featured solo work of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny add something


In 1982, Goldsmith was hired to compose the music to the classic Tobe Hooper-directed, Steven Spielberg-produced horror film "Poltergeist" add something


In an interview with Keyboard Magazine in 1984, Goldsmith said that in order to simulate the ambiance of a real orchestra, several speakers were set up in an actual orchestra hall similar to how they would be arranged if they were live players add something


Goldsmith later returned in 1986 to compose the more synthetic score to "Poltergeist II", the first of two sequels add something


He garnered another Academy award nomination for his innovative, critically acclaimed score to 1986 sports drama "Hoosiers", though he lost to Herbie Hancock for "Round Midnight" add something


He composed critically acclaimed music for the 1990 science fiction action film "Total Recall", which Goldsmith later regarded as one of his best scores add something


In 1990, Jerry Goldsmith received critical acclaim for his score to the romantic drama "The Russia House", which featured a unique mixture of Russian music and jazz to complement the nationalities and characteristics of the two main characters add something


Total Recall (1990 film) - The score was composed and conducted by Jerry Goldsmith, and 40 minutes of it was released by the Varèse Sarabande label in 1990


In 1992, Goldsmith composed a critically acclaimed score for the medical drama "Medicine Man" add something


In 1992, Goldsmith composed and conducted a score to the erotic thriller "Basic Instinct" add something


Sleeping with the Enemy - The score by Jerry Goldsmith won the BMI Film Music *award, 1992, and the film was nominated for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn *award for 1992 in four categories: Best Actress , Saturn *award for Best Supporting Actor , Best Horror Film and Best Music


While presenting Goldsmith with a Career Achievement award from the Society for the Preservation of Film Music in 1993, fellow composer Henry Mancini said of Goldsmith, " add something


In 1996, Goldsmith composed the critically successful score to the horror action film "The Ghost and the Darkness" which featured a traditional Irish folk melody interwoven with African rhythms add something


He continued with scores for such films as the 1997 survival drama "The Edge", the 1998 science fiction horror "Deep Rising", and the 1998 action thriller "U.S. Marshals" add something


In 1997, Goldsmith composed a percussive, jazzy score for the critically acclaimed crime drama "L.A. Confidential" add something


In 1997, he was hired to replace a score by Randy Newman for "Air Force One" add something


In 1998, he composed a score of combined Eastern, orchestral, and synthetic elements for the Disney-animated film "Mulan", which subsequently earned him his final Academy award and Golden Globe Award nominations along with songwriter Matthew Wilder and lyricist David Zippel add something


In 1999, Goldsmith composed the energetic "Fireworks" to conclude his first concert series with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl add something


In 1999, he composed "Fanfare for Oscar" for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences add something


Goldsmith composed an original score to the simulator attraction "Soarin' Over California" which debuted 8 February 2001 at the Disneyland Resort, and the same attraction "Soarin"' which opened 5 May 2005 in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort add something


For the 2002 Telarc album release, "Christus Apollo" was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Voices, mezzo-soprano Eirian James, and narrated by actor Anthony Hopkins add something

Jerry Goldsmith died in 2004 add something


Goldsmith died at his Beverly Hills home on July 21, 2004 after a battle with colon cancer at the age of 75 add something


Goldsmith's rejected score was later released on CD, 7 September 2004 through Varèse Sarabande, not long after his death in 2004 add something


Basic Instinct - A considerably expanded release of Jerry Goldsmith's score, featuring previously omitted sections and alternative compositions of certain elements, was issued by Prometheus Records in 2004


In 2006, upon composing "The Omen" , Marco Beltrami dedicated his score to Goldsmith, which included an updated arrangement of "Ave Satani" titled "Omen 76/06" 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


Chinatown (1974 film) - Terry Teachout of the "Wall Street Journal" published an article on July 11, 2009 praising Jerry Goldsmith's music for the film, crediting its success to the revised score


The music was later performed and recorded by Gregg Nestor and released through BSX Records 5 January 2010 add something


Likewise, when composer Brian Tyler was commissioned in 2012 to update the Universal Studios logo for the Universal centennial, he retained the "classic melody" originally composed by Goldsmith in 1997, opting to "bring it into the 21st century add something


Brian Tyler (composer) - In 2012, Tyler arranged and conducted a new version of the Universal Studios opening logo theme, updating the "classic melody" originally composed by Jerry Goldsmith