Film Genre. Your Account. Your Cart. Order Problems?? Essential SSL. Customers who bought this title also bought:. Last Items Viewed:. Reviews and Comments: 0. Elmer Bernstein is an amazing at 81 going on He runs and skips down aisles, bounces up steps and does little jigs of joy with a twinkle in his eye. Even when he is having a serious discussion of music, his voice is that of a young man filled with the joy of living. Recently, Elmer Bernstein, like a kid, plopped down on his stomach on the stage at a private screening so he could talk face to face with me when I was standing on the auditorium floor.
The photo he chose to show of himself on his Web site was taken of him lying on his stomach under their Christmas tree, playing with a colorful toy train see photo below. The most recent photo on Elmer's own site is the one I took of him in with his friend David Raksin who died just before Elmer on August 9, Elmer Bernstein generously expresses his own gratitude to his many friends and colleagues like the beloved Henry Mancini, and to the producers and directors who take risks to let him do innovative scores.
For me, Elmer Bernstein is the poster boy for never having to fear growing old. In June , Elmer Bernstein summed up his musician's ethos, "Music is the soul of life, and each soul sings a different song. Having scored more than films, Elmer Bernstein, who has died aged 82, was perhaps Hollywood's most prolific composer. He was also one of the small band of outstanding musicians who devoted their careers to the cinema. His roster included some of the most memorable film themes ever written - most obviously his scores for The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape which contrasted with the jazz score of The Man With The Golden Arm All three have been reworked into concert suites over the years.
He was definitely one of the few in his profession whose scores often lived longer than the films from which they came. Bernstein's compositions were regarded by many classical critics as outstanding examples of contemporary music. Hollywood certainly always thought so - which was why he was nominated for an Oscar 14 times, and won for the score to the Julie Andrews movie, Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. His innovations included using jazz music in film scores The Man With the Golden Arm and scoring a comedy as if it were a drama Animal House. In , over fifty years after his first movie, Bernstein received his 14th Academy Award nomination, for Far From Heaven.
He was 80 years old at the time. Bernstein was born on April 4, , in New York City. He was the only child of Jewish Eastern European immigrant parents, Edward and Selma, and much doted upon. Although his father was a high school English teacher, both parents were extremely interested in the arts, and enjoyed the company of the colorful denizens of that world.
It was not uncommon for me to find a poet at the foot of my bed reading to me at midnight from the Bible. Bernstein began his artistic explorations with painting and dance classes.
He then studied acting at the King Coit Drama School for Children from until , and appeared on Broadway as Caliban in The Tempest when he was just 10 years old. His secondary education was obtained from the Walden School, from which he graduated in Alongside these pursuits, he had been studying piano, even when the family lived in Paris for a year in , and music soon eclipsed his other artistic pursuits.
His goal was to become a concert pianist, and he gave his first recital three years later in New York's Steinway Hall. Early in his long association — with Michelson, however, she noticed that he also had an interest in improvisation and composition, and she took him for an evaluation by then-rising star Aaron Copland. In addition, he studied music education at New York University from until Bernstein's time in the U. Army Air Corps played to his strengths. He was assigned to special services, where he was charged with arranging folk music and writing scores for Army Air Corps Radio.
Bernstein's first experience with the latter was a rush job to fill in for the regular composer who had gone AWOL.This CD, running just over an hour, is one of several re-recordings of the late Elmer Bernstein's music done during the digital era. This one has the advantage of having been done by Bernstein himself, and is also a little more wide-ranging than most, encompassing 30 years or more of Bernstein's career, and several styles, genres, and idioms, including his Westerns (The Magnificent Seven.