Elmer Bernstein

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Elmer Bernstein
Bernstein guest conducting the U.S. Air Force Band in 1981
Bernstein guest conducting the U.S. Air Force Band in 1981
Background information
Born(1922-04-04)April 4, 1922
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 18, 2004(2004-08-18) (aged 82)
Ojai, California, U.S.
GenresFilm scores
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor, songwriter
Years active1951–2002

Elmer Bernstein (April 4, 1922 – August 18, 2004) was an American composer and conductor. He is best known for his many movie soundtracks.

His musical career last for fifty years, he composed music for over one hundred movies and television shows. His most popular works include the scores to The Magnificent Seven, The Ten Commandments, The Great Escape, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ghostbusters, The Black Cauldron and The Rookies.

Bernstein died of cancer on August 18, 2004.[1]

Influences[change | change source]

Bernstein stated composers like Benny Goodman, Dimitri Tiomkin, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Jimmie Lunceford, Victor Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Franz Waxman and Max Steiner as influences.

Legacy[change | change source]

Those who consider Bernstein on their careers include Alan Silvestri, Georges Delerue, Howard Shore, James Newton Howard, John Barry, Lalo Schifrin, Dick Hyman, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Trevor Jones, Mark Isham, Bear McCreary, Ennio Morricone, Danny Elfman, Alan Menken, Randy Newman, Randy Edelman, John Debney, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rupert Gregson-Williams, David Newman, Thomas Newman, Michael Kamen, John Powell and Brian Tyler.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Great Escape composer dies at 82" BBC News, 19 August 2004

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