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 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:43 PM   
 By:   Jon A. Bell   (Member)

Oh my God. This headline shocked me speechless.

I first met Basil at a party given in Doug Fake's honor some years back -- the Intrada label was started with the limited LP edition of "Red Dawn" back in 1985, and Doug and Basil have always been friends.

I then met Basil again at a film music concert in L.A., and my wife and I had a wonderful time talking to him.

We've lost a great artist and an incredibly talented human being. He will be sorely missed.

Very saddened,

-- Jon

NP: Big Wednesday

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:48 PM   
 By:   Vincent Bernard   (Member)

I can't believe it!

I was just talking about how much I love his score for "Conan the Barbarian!"

I'm heartbroken.

A truly gifted and unique composer is gone... and much too soon.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:52 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

What sad, sad news. Earlier today, I started humming the theme from "Flesh & Blood," out of the blue. Don't know why. I don't believe it was anything but a coincidence, but it makes you think...

What a shock. I'm very sorry to hear it.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:52 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

I was truly shocked and saddened by this news.

I had no idea he was ill.

I will always cherish the moments I was fortunate enough to encounter Mr. Poledouris in person.

Once was at a concert he gave in the 1990s in Garden Grove at the high school he attended.

The second was at the SPFM conference where he spoke about working on LONESOME DOVE and took time to chat with some of us afterward. That was a wonderful experience with him performing music from the film on the piano and explaining his process.

I was disappointed when he stopped scoring films but I am eternally grateful for the wonderful music he blessed us with while he was scoring films.


 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:53 PM   
 By:   Mark Olivarez   (Member)

Rest in peace Mr. Poledouris.

Thank you for the gift of music you gave us.

My deepest sympathy to his family.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:02 PM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

Another Great One has left us, RIP Mr Poledouris , your music will last forever.

sd frown

My favorite music of his will be played in his honor over the next few days.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:03 PM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

Oh God, no.

One of my favorite composers....... I'm actually crying, for myself, for his fans and his loved ones.

I will play a great deal of his music in his memory.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:10 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

Terrible news.

It was great to see him in Spain last summer... He was very moved by all the fans...

Rest in peace, Basil.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:17 PM   
 By:   SheriffJoe   (Member)

I would like to pass on this note from a good friend of Basil's, Christopher Lennertz:

I can’t tell you all what a sad day this is. I lost a person today who was very important to me. Basil Poledouris was an amazing mentor, an inspired teacher, and above all, a good friend. Sadly, he lost his hard-fought battle with cancer this afternoon and now can be free of pain and suffering, but he will be so very missed by all of us…perhaps more than he even knew. He and his family were extremely generous and kind to me. I learned so much from him, not only about music, but about the business, life, and even sailing. His daughter, Zoe, even sang on demos for me. Their selfless love and support has lasted years beyond my work with him and never ceased to amaze me.

I truly wish with all my heart that everyone could have known him like I did…but then I realize that we all can: Listen carefully to Conan and you’ll know how powerful and passionate he was. Listen to the beautiful love theme from Farewell to the King and you’ll know how deeply he loved his daughters, family, and friends. Listen to Wind and you’ll know how he felt on his boat, sailing to Catalina. Listen to the subtle strains of It’s my Party and you’ll hear how he celebrated and valued life. It absolutely breaks my heart to think that I will never be able to see him again…never be able to ask his advice, or look to him for guidance. But then I realize that he left us the greatest gift of all…that we can still hear him: when I put in a CD, turn on my ipod, or put in a favorite DVD. I can listen to his music and be in the presence of him once again…be inspired by him again. And thank God for that. It doesn’t make the pain go away, or the loss any less, but after I clear the lump from my throat and wipe my eyes, it does make me smile, if just a little.

I cannot thank him enough for the impact he had on my life, and I’m so positive that the world is a better place with the music he left for all of us. Be at peace now, my friend.

With love, sadness, and admiration,

Chris Lennertz

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:20 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

I see the words assembled together in a sentence and can't believe them... I can't imagine being able to speak the words out loud... What sad, terrible news... I never got to meet Basil. I only knew him through his wonderful music and the glimpse into his life we got from the video produced by Lukas Kendall several years back. What I have gleaned from both is that Basil was a man who loved life and lived it with great passion and sensitivity. I am grateful for the many journeys he took me on with his music, whether it was charging at my enemies with my broadsword swinging, riding on the plains of the Old West, sailing on the open sea with the wind at my back, salt-air scent in my nostrils or falling in love for the first time. We are fortunate that his music is well-preserved and it will live on forever. Thank you, Basil Poledouris, for enriching my life. My condolences to the family.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:21 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

That is an amazing letter from Chris Lennertz. I envy his relationship with Basil Poledouris. It was truly a heart-felt letter.
Thanks for sharing this, Joe.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:24 PM   
 By:   SheriffJoe   (Member)

And on a personal note, Mr. Poledouris wrote music that spoke to the heart. Director Paul Verhoeven noted that when he made a film in which his characters needed to have a powerful emotional pull on the viewers, the composer he turned to first and foremost was Basil Poledouris. Consider Paul and Basil's version of Robocop, or the powerful passion Basil employed in Hunt for Red October's Russian chorus...the scene in which the Dallas erupts from the ocean gives me chills no matter how many times I have watched it. Wind is a joyous score filled with laughter, love and adventure.

Film has lost one of its champions. And those of us who love music so much, have another empty seat at our tables, although the heavens are a happier place indeed!

Rest, good sir. Your presense will be missed, but your music will live forever on.

Thank you.


 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:27 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

This is devastating. When I moved to Los Angeles after college and was running around trying to interview as many film composers as possible for Soundtrack! magazine, I was fortunate to meet and interview Basil. Right from the start he made me and my co-interviewer feel welcome in his home, and gave us a good three hours of his time.

I found him personable, funny, upretentious and utterly devoid of self-importance. It was was also cool to meet someone who was a classically trained composer and concert pianist, and a beachy California surfer all at the same time!

Basil Poledouris was also brilliant and articulate. Our conversation soon turned from film music to art and aesthetics in general, and it became less and interview than two young guys hanging onto to every word this genius had to impart.

Toward the end of our time at his home, I asked Basil if he knew anyplace one might still be able to purchase the extremely rare Cherry 2000 CD. He casually answered "Well, I might have one lying around" and he immediately pulled one off his shelf and said "Here ya go!" big grin

I was fortunate enough to interview Basil twice more -- for Film Score Monthly in '95, and finally in '97 for a documentary I was doing. Again was Basil exceedingly hospitable and generous as I fumbled with my Hi8 camcorder and he affably spent 40 minutes answering questions on camera. Before leaving he kindly presented me with another gift: an "Honor and Glory" CD!

We all want to believe the people we've admired from afar are nice, kind, virtuous and interested in talking to you. It doesn't always prove to be so, but I'm here to tell you that in the case of Basil Poledouris, it was most definitely true. He was an extraordinary musician, but more than that he was an extraordinary person. In my experience he was always pleasant, kind, witty, generous and a great human being.

He will be GREATLY missed. frown

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:30 PM   
 By:   CAT   (Member)

Oh, this is so sad. Hard to find words right now.

NP: help you sail on your final journey, dear man. Rest well.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:42 PM   
 By:   Daniel Schweiger   (Member)

Ditto to your experiences Paul. Basil was one of the first composers I met and interviewed upon moving to LA, and he graciously welcomed me to his Encino studio. Basil, like Jerry, came across as an "ordinary" guy who just happened to produce brilliance in his job as a film composer. I could see why so many filmmakers counted him as a friend. And upon leaving, Basil gave me one of the precious Cherry cd's as well. And I loaned him a Conan laserdisc (which he didn't have for some reason) for a couple of months.

From the ED 209 battle in ROBOCOP to the submarine pursuit in HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, the car chases in NO MAN'S LAND to the bug attacks in STARSHIP TROOPERS, and the beautiful (and as yet unreleased) cue in CONAN THE BARBARIAN as the princess descends Thulsa Doom's staircase with outstretched snakes, Basil's music remains some of my favorite cues in all film scoring.

Basil had a truly muscular approach when it came to the ever-increasing lost art of pure, symphonic film scoring- and a tender heart to match. I'll miss him dearly. My only regret is that he didn't stage a comeback he so richly deserved. But that being said, he's left us with a wealth of music that remains so vibrant that it hardly seems he ever left.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:48 PM   
 By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

This was a shocker, I was not aware that Mr. Poledouris was ill. A beautiful composer and my sincere sympathy to his family

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:49 PM   
 By:   Illustrator   (Member)

I'm sure most of us who know the name of Basil Poledouris know it because of his wonderful music. But from what we know of him as simply a man he was a terrific human being and free of the ego he could have so rightly possessed considerring his stunning music.

To his family who simply loved him as a man his musical legacy is secondary and, had he never written a note, would be feeling the same devastation. Being familiar with the disease I can only wish them the best and hope that his passing was a relief of any suffering.

For them and for Basil, from Conan "The Awakening"

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:51 PM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

Farewell To The King.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:53 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

the world has lost a master. "Starship Troopers" and "Robocop" will always be my favorite among his amazing work

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

I didn't know he was ill.

Another fine compositional voice is lost. His music will live on.

Currently, I have on HOT SHOTS! PART DEUX: a fantastic, "serious" comedy score.

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