February 10, 1991 |
As a soundtrack composer, Elmer Bernstein sees himself as an outsider who arrives at the end of the filmmaking process, one who is there to provide musical comments that may directly affect the way that movie plays. He may be the last to arrive, but the show can't go on without him. Consistently active since the early '50s, Bernstein has scored more than 180 films whose soundtracks cover a vast range. "I've had several careers" is how he puts it.
May 3, 1990 |
Elmer Bernstein Honored: Elmer Bernstein, composer of the film scores for "The Magnificent Seven," "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and more than 50 other films, was honored Wednesday with the Golden Soundtrack Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The award was presented at ASCAP's Film and Television Music Awards dinner at the Beverly Wilshire. Other film composers honored included Georges Delerue for "Twins" and Randy Newman for "Parenthood."
November 8, 2001
Elmer Bernstein will be honored at 8 tonight at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Carl Reiner will host the event, which will include tributes from directors John Landis ("National Lampoon's Animal House") and Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress"); producer Noel Pearson ("My Left Foot"); actor James Coburn ("The Magnificent Seven"); composer Terence Blanchard; and Cecelia DeMille Presley, granddaughter of director Cecil B.
April 24, 1989 |
Elmer Bernstein's "Songs of Love and Loathing" promise more than they deliver. Setting seven mildly contrasting texts from various sources in a 20-minute song cycle, the celebrated film composer has produced a very attractive but pallid poetic mural which seldom evokes strong feelings. Given its world premiere performance Saturday night, the new work sounded gorgeous but caused few goose-bumps. It used the considerable resources of the Santa Barbara Symphony and conductor Varujan Kojian, plus the warm and pointed vocal skills of mezzo-soprano soloist Elizabeth Mannion.
May 10, 2001 |
While watching the rip-roaring new DVD of the 1960 western "The Magnificent Seven" (MGM, $20), check out Steve McQueen's star-making performance as one of the hired gunslingers. Though he didn't have many lines in the movie, he more than made up for it by stealing scenes with his actions--including using various facial expressions and playing with his hat. And it worked.
August 29, 2002 |
Attaching a "Hollywood Goes Orchestral" tag to Tuesday's concert by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra might be accurate, but it was also misleading. In a program in which Elmer Bernstein's engaging Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra--written for the evening's featured soloist, Christopher Parkening--had its Los Angeles premiere, and a suite from Alex North's "Cleopatra" score had its U.S. premiere, music-for-its-own sake was the thing.