April 22, 1992 |
Top Music Maker: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers bestowed a lifetime achievement award Monday night on composer David Raksin at the seventh annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards. Raksin has written music for more than 100 films, from "Laura" to "Al Capone," and his television scores include "Ben Casey" and "Wagon Train." Sally Kellerman hosted the black-tie gala at the Beverly Hilton.
June 28, 1998
Thank you for Josef Woodard's interview with Elmer Bernstein, David Raksin, Laurence Rosenthal and Leonard Rosenman ("Scoring Some More Respect," June 14). Respect begins at home, however. One shudders to think of the editorial hatchet-job that was performed to cram the ideas of these four illustrious composers into a two-page article. Each of them merits more than that space in his own right, and The Times is long overdue in this regard. JANE BROCKMAN Santa Monica
June 24, 1989
I am offended by Atkinson's characterization of the music of Mel Powell. According to Atkinson, "Powell writes the sort of horribly dissonant music that should be confined to bad horror films." In my opinion, a critic who writes that sort of horribly ignorant review should himself be confined--to musical matters that will not unduly tax his meager mind and minimalist ears. DAVID RAKSIN Adjunct Professor Music and Public Administration USC
March 27, 1993
On March 5 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Society for the Preservation of Film Music honored Jerry Goldsmith--the recipient of 16 Oscar nominations in a career spanning four decades--with its 1993 Career Achievement Award. Among hundreds attending were Joe Dante, Paul Verhoeven, David Raksin, Henry Mancini and Elmer Bernstein. As far as The Times is concerned, this is not worth a line of type. However, we did learn March 8 in a Calendar front-page article accompanied by two color photos that disco is back.
August 20, 1989
I wish to correct a minor error in Leonard Feather's July 30 column. In this otherwise excellent piece about the singers Adelaide Hall and Marion Montgomery, he referred to "the American pianist Richard Rodney Bennett." Bennett actually is British and a renowned composer with symphonies, operas, chamber works and films ("The Orient Express," "Nicholas and Alexandra," etc.) to his credit. DAVID RAKSIN Los Angeles Raksin is composer of the popular standard "Laura" and is an adjunct professor of music at USC.
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February 17, 1986
How interesting to see what Podhoretz reveals about himself in his article. He ends with a particularly fine example of what one has learned to expect from him: " . . . the cancerous spread of pacifist inclinations that now pervade our political culture." If, according to this view, the "cancerous" illness is pacifism, does it not follow that the author considers war to be the "norm"? (No pun intended, although the temptation is strong.) What is to be said about a mind capable of such distortion?