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Jerry Goldsmith by Godfather on 22 July 2004 6:25pm
I dont know if any of you folks are also into movie scores,but today is a sad day. Jerry Goldsmith,the maestro of film music died in his sleep last night aged 75. I have many many CD's of his film music,and went to see him conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in London in 2003. I was so lucky to have that opportunity. Just goes to show how we've got to jump at all opportunitys when they arise. There was going to be another concert at the Barbican in London this year,but his health was too poor and his appearance was cancelled unfortunately. Jerry had been suffering from cancer for several years, and this year in particular it was taking it's toll on him. He will be sadly missed by me and many other music lovers. Thank you Jerry :)

Re: Jerry Goldsmith by sminobe on 22 July 2004 6:32pm
Yes, I just heard this on NPR on my way into work. A wonderful & prolific composer -- he shall be greatly missed. He's known more for his heroic/action-oriented scores, yet his true wish was to compose for "quieter" films (per a 1999 NPR interview).
Re: Jerry Goldsmith by Godfather on 22 July 2004 9:50pm
Yes,Sminobe. It will certainly be interesting to see "how" he will be remembered. He certainly did give us some of the best action and adventures scores of modern times. Airforce one,Mulan,the 3 Rambo Movies,Omen 1-3,First Knight,Capricorn One,Total Recall,several Star Trek scores, the list is huge and far too big to list here.

But he also did have plenty of scores that were creative in other dimensions. The Russia House,with it's easy listening laid back jazz style. Basic Instinct with it's murder mystery mood,Secret of Nimh with it's mystical edge. Alien,with it's minimalistic horror edge. Coma with it's icy and minimalist atmosphere. The three Omen scores using twisted chorals and chants to a fascinatingly creative degree. Poltergeist with terrifying brass and mystical chorals. So many creative scores in his career.

The problem,is that in later years,modern directors shunned him and he did end up scoring some pretty awful movies just for the payday. Everyone has felt bad about this. The way a man who wrote the scores for such classics as Planet of the Apes,Patton,Wind & the Lion, etc, ended up scoring bizzare projects like "Looney Tunes" in the last years of his life. The problem,is that new directors could'nt afford the big payout needed for someone like John Williams,or wanted the newer sound that can be found in composers such as Elliot Goldenthal, Hans Zimmer,etc. So jerry was neglected later on in his career. In a twist of things,he will probably be more well known now that he's passed on. Always works that way it seems.
Re: Jerry Goldsmith by canaveralgumby on 23 July 2004 6:15pm
There should be horn players playing the theme of "Patton" at his graveside. RIP.
Re: Jerry Goldsmith by Godfather on 23 July 2004 7:40pm
Apparently there was an open memorial service held in L.A today (his birth place). So at least he's getting some recognition. But,as often happens he probably wont get as much as he deserved given his long career in the movies. It really always amazed me how many people here in Britain had never heard of him, considering the amount of films he scored (and TV shows). Afterall,the famous "Waltons" music was by Jerry. John Williams is more well known of course. A lot of this is due to the films Jerry scored. John always picked the films that were more well known. Jerry wrote some fantastic scores for some really naff films. hehe. His scores often saved those films from total failure. Part of that explains how he was not so well known outside the U.S
Re: Jerry Goldsmith by Diamond on 28 July 2004 2:09am
I hadnt heard of him to be honest but now that you tell of him i realise that he was very talented - i only have the CD soundtrack to the Patriot by john williams in my collection

my sympathies go to his family and friends


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