Thursday, March 6, 2008


Leonard Rosenman was a film composer who won two Oscars for adapted score - the first for "Barry Lyndon" (a film I always loved), and the other for "Bound For Glory", which used the music of Woody Guthrie.

He also composed the scores for Bakshi's version of "The Lord Of The Rings", "Rebel Without A Cause", "East Of Eden", and "Beneath The Planet Of The Apes".

I have to figure his score for "September 30, 1955" must have been a very personal composition, as the movie was about the effect James Dean's death had on several young people that day. Dean was a piano student of Rosenman, and he introduced the composer to the director Elia Kazan.

Mr. Rosenman has died of a heart attack at the age of 83.

Besides his film work, Mr. Rosenman composed extensively for television, which is why his passing is noted here. He won two Emmy awards: for “Sybil” (1976; with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and for “Friendly Fire” (1979). He wrote music for “The Defenders,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.” and 151 episodes of “Combat!”, among many other shows.

Here is a list of the TV movies and the TV series for which Leonard Rosenman composed the score:

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

The Face on the Milk Carton (1995)
Keeper of the City (1991)
Aftermath: A Test of Love (1991)
Where Pigeons Go to Die (1990)
Promised a Miracle (1988)
First Steps (1985)
Heartsounds (1984)
The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. (1984)
Miss Lonelyhearts (1983)
The Wall (1982)
Murder in Texas (1981)
City in Fear (1980)
Nero Wolfe (1979)
Friendly Fire (1979)
The Other Side of Hell (1978)
Mary White (1977)
The Possessed (1977)
Sybil (1976)
Kingston (1976)
Lanigan's Rabbi (1976)
Sky Heist (1975)
The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant (1975)
Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders (1974)
Nakia (1974)
The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)
The Cat Creature (1973)
The Bravos (1972)
In Broad Daylight (1971)
Banyon (1971)
Vanished (1971)
This Savage Land (1969)
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)
Any Second Now (1969)
Shadow Over Elveron (1968)
Alexander the Great (1968)
Stranger on the Run (1967)

"Amazing Stories"
"Celebrity" (1984) (mini)
"Gibbsville" (1976)
"Holmes and Yo-Yo" (1976)
"The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau"
"Primus" (1971)
"Marcus Welby, M.D." (1969)
"National Geographic Specials"
"Garrison's Gorillas" (1967)
"The Alfred Hitchcock Hour"
"The Defenders" (1961)
"Law of the Plainsman"

Toby OB

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