Elliot Goldenthal

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Elliot Goldenthal
Elliott Goldenthal in 2014
Elliott Goldenthal in 2014
Background information
Birth nameElliot Goldenthal
Born (1954-05-02) May 2, 1954 (age 70)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
GenresClassical, Avante Garde, movie score, Opera, Oratorio, Musical, Experimental
Occupation(s)Composer ,Bookwriter, Lyricist, Musician, Music producer, Theatrical producer
Years active1979 - present
LabelsSony Classical
Varese Sarabande
Atlantic Records

Elliot Goldenthal (born May 2, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York City) is an American composer of modern classical music. He was a student of Aaron Copland and John Corigliano. Goldenthal is best known for his ability to blend different musical styles and techniques in original and inventive ways.

Influences[change | change source]

Goldenthal cites Jerry Goldsmith, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Lalo Schifrin, Max Steiner, Alfred Newman, John Williams, Aaron Copeland, John Corigliano, Ennio Morricone, Maurice Ravel, Bruce Broughton, Howard Shore, John Barry, Irwin Kostal, Maurice Jarre, Richard Wagner, Leonard Bernstein, James Horner, Randy Newman, Franz Waxman, Alex North, Victor Young and Buddy Baker as influences.

Movie works[change | change source]

Concert Music Works[change | change source]

Theatre Works[change | change source]

  • Play "The King Stag" (1984 production of Carlo Gozzi's play by Andrei Serban)
  • Musical "Liberty's Taken" (an original 1985 musical co-created with David Suehsdorf and Julie Taymor)
  • Musical "The Transposed Heads" (adapted in 1986 by Sidney Goldfarb and Julie Taymor from the novel by Thomas Mann)
  • Play (Commedia) "The Serpent Woman" (1988 production of Carlo Gozzi's Commedia)
  • Musical "Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass" (1988 off-Broadway, reworked and recorded for Broadway in 1996)
    Co-Bookwriter, lyricist, arranger of the Latin text.
  • Ballet "Othello" (a 1998 ballet with choreography by Lar Lubovitch)
  • Musical "The Green Bird" (1999 on Broadway production of production of Carlo Gozzi's work)
    Stage director: Julie Taymor
  • Opera "Grendel" (opened 2006 June at Los Angeles Opera; not released on CD yet as of August 2007)
    Libretto: Julie Taymor and J D. McClatchy, after the novel Grendel by John Gardner, and the poem Beowulf
    Stage director: Julie Taymor

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Award   Subject category
1996 Academy Awards Nominated Michael Collins Best Original Score
Golden Globe Nominated Michael Collins Best Original Score
ASCAP awards Won Batman Forever Top Box Office Film Score
1997 Tony Awards Nominated Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass (Broadway Production) Best Original Musical Score
ASCAP awards Won A Time to Kill Top Box Office Film Score
Grammy Awards Nominated "Defile and Lament" ( from A Time to Kill)
1998 ASCAP awards Won Batman & Robin Top Box Office Film Score
Chicago Film Critics Awards Nominated The Butcher Boy Best Original Score
LA Film Critics Won The Butcher Boy Best Original Score
1999 CFCA awards Nominated The Butcher Boy Best Original Score
2002 Academy Awards Won Frida Best Original Score
Academy Awards Nominated "Burn It Blue" (from Frida) Best Original Song
Golden Globes Won Frida Best Original Score
World Soundtrack
Nominated "The Dream Within" (from Final Fantasy: The Sprits Within) Best Original Song Written for a Film
2003 Won Frida Best Original Soundtrack of the Year
Won Frida Soundtrack Composer of the Year
Nominated "Burn It Blue" (from "Frida) Best Original Song Written for a Film
2004 Emmy Awards Nominated Great Performances: Dance in America Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
ASCAP Awards Won S.W.A.T. Top Box Office Film Score
2007 Pulitzer Prize for Music Nominated Grendel (opera)

Other websites[change | change source]