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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 was given a scholarship in piano when he was 12.  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
VocalsErnie 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
GuitarChristopher Parkening

Here he is conducting his theme from The Magnificent Seven at the BBC Proms…

Sources:

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