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     Addison, John Mervin (16th March 1920-7th December 1998)

    He was a composer, sometimes known as Jock Addison, born in Cobham, Surrey, England who was born into a family where his father was an army colonel.  He was sent to Wellington College in Berkshire by his father and when he was sixteen years old he started clarinet, oboe and composition studies at the Royal College of Music.

     

    At the start of WWII, in 1939, he entered the XXX Corps in the 23rd Hussars where he became a tank officer.  The British tank force he was with fought in the Battle of Normandy and later, following him getting wounded in Caen, they drove north through Holland during Operation Market Garden commencing Sept. 17, 1944. He later wrote the music-score for A Bridge Too Far as a tribute to his fellow tankers of XXX Corps, for which he won a BAFTA award.

     

    After completing his war service he went back to the Royal College of Music as a composition teacher and also became known as a composer of music scores for films, theatre and television even though he did write several classical compositions as well as the ballet Carte Blanche.

     

    He won an Oscar and a Grammy Award for his score for Tom Jones and he won 6 Emmys for Murder, She Wrote from 1988-1995.   Other scores he worked on included Sleuth, Swashbuckler, A Taste of Honey and Reach for the Sky, which was personal for him as the film was about the flying ace Sir Douglas Bader who was his brother-in-law.  Alfred Hitchcock commissioned him to write a second score for Torn Curtain after he was unhappy with the one written by Bernard Hermann. 

     

    In 1994 his works were given to Brigham Young University where they were placed in the Film Music Archives but he was still composing virtually until his death with the premiere of his Concertino for Bassoon and Orchestra being performed in 1998.

     

    He passed away on 7th December 1998 in Bennington, Vermont, USA, of a stroke.  He was 78 years old. 

     

    Recordings

    Swashbuckler - Main Theme (John Addison)                                                                       

    Swashbuckler - Love Theme (John Addison)                                                            

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.hitchcockwiki.com/wiki/The_Guardian_(15/Dec/1998)_-_Obituary:_John_Addison
    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Addison
    3. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/john-addison-mn0000178300/biography
    4. http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/508795/index.html
    5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torn_Curtain
    6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Bader
    7. http://imdb.com/name/nm0011709/

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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