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    Bernstein, Elmer (4th April 1922-18th August 2004)

    He was born on 4th April 1922 in New York City.  As a child he was a dancer and an actor as well as winning several prizes for painting.  He studied at the Walden School and New York University and he was given a scholarship in piano when he was 12 and after playing for Aaron Copland he selected a piano teacher for him.  He started his career as a concert pianist before concentrating on composition.  He wrote the themes to over 200 films and TV shows and received Golden Globes for To Kill a Mockingbird and Hawaii, an Emmy for the score of The Making of the President, five Grammy nominations and 2 Tony awards.  He also received 14 Academy Award nominations and won once for Thoroughly Modern Millie as well as receiving a Lifetime Achievement award, and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He was gray-listed in the McCarthy era but managed to still work on low budget science fiction films.  He died in his sleep on 18th August 2004 at his home in Ojai , California .


    Elmer Bernstein Recordings

    Sons of Katie Elder (Elmer Bernstein/Ernie Sheldon )                                     

    Columbia, 4-43357, RZSP 72631 (US 45)

    Conductor -  Elmer Bernstein

    Vocals - Ernie Sheldon


    Theme from Katie Elder (Elmer Bernstein)                                                               

    Columbia, 4-43357, RZSP 72628 (US 45)

    Conductor -  Elmer Bernstein


    London Symphony Orchestra recordings

    La Vega ( Isaac Albeniz)

    Angel 56859 (CD:Elmer Bernstein/Christopher Parkening: Concerto for Guitar)

    Conductor - Elmer Bernstein

    Guitar -  Christopher Parkening



    1. http://www.elmerbernstein.com/bio/biography.html
    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer_Bernstein
    3. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000930/






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