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 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 11:55 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Oh no... that's just horrible. My condolences to his family.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 12:31 AM   
 By:   Pete Apruzzese   (Member)

Very sad news, my sincere condolences go out to his friends and family.

Thanks to those members who posted their personal remembrances of Basil.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 12:34 AM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

May he rest in peace. By all accounts, in addition to being a composer of tremendous gifts -- his ability to transform sound into raw emotion was nothing short of stunning -- he was a rare and remarkable human being. This news has hit me hard. My heartfelt condolences go out to his friends and family.

NP: The Jungle Book

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 12:37 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

ahhhh...Robocop...Conan...Red October...Serial Mom. Great composer. Aside from my admiration for his work, I've learned a lot about him just by reading this thread. Thanks.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 12:43 AM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

Wow, i'm shocked.
Can't really find the words.
Rest in peace, Basil.


 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 12:43 AM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

This is very sad news - a terrible loss, indeed. The first time I heard Basil's music from "Lonesome Dove", I knew I had fallen in love with something very special - it is truly one of my favorites.

My heart goes out to his family and to all who knew him well.

R.I.P., Basil Poledouris...

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 12:44 AM   
 By:   The_Mark_of_Score-O   (Member)

As the years go by, generation after generation of composers are peeled away from us:

The '80s took Hugo Friedhofer; the '90s Miklós Rózsa and Alex North; 2003 Jerry Goldsmith; 2004 Elmer Bernstein and David Raksin.

Now this, and such a comparatively young man, too. I met him once, in 1984, and he was as pleasant a person as those above have described. His talent as a composer speaks for itself, of course.

One of the reason artists become artists (even if it's unconscious) is that they arrange for themselves better than others the opportunity to speak to all the generations that will follow. Like a book's whispering from its library shelf Open me; I have a story to tell," though its author may be dead a thousand years, it's a form of real immortality to which few others can aspire.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 12:53 AM   
 By:   Michael Arlidge   (Member)

2004 Jerry Goldsmith and David Raksin; 2005 Elmer Bernstein.

Bernstein also died in 2004, just nine days after Raksin.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 12:59 AM   
 By:   Nesius   (Member)

This is a very sad day indeed. 61 is far too young for a composer of such intense creativity to pass on. For years, Basil Poledouris was only known to me by his more high-profile works, namely Conan, Red October, Starship Troopers, and Jungle Book. Then, exactly ten months ago, I finally purchased Cherry 2000, if only for the mundane reason that I wanted the track from No Man's Land which had been tracked into Red October. This was the gateway to hundreds of dollars spent at Screen Archives and Buysoundtrax. I was astonished at the fun I had with Cherry 2000, the mature symphonic passion of Amerika, the graceful, soaring lines of Flyers, the thundering pianos and synths of Red Dawn, the rich textures and moods of Farewell to the King, the intimate piano of It's My Party, the magnificent percussion of The Touch, of which we get a preview in Under Siege II, and the list goes endlessly on. I have become convinced that it is the nature of Poledouris's scores for the music to gain in quality with each listen. Reading the liner notes in each new CD and exploring Basil Poledouris's website, I came to deeply respect the composer's character, which comes out so genuinely in each project he did. After hearing The Touch (2002) I had always believed that Basil Poledouris would continue to produce fine music for years to come. And I am sure that where he is now, he produces music of a sublime quality. Thank you Basil Poledouris for touching my life with your music! Your spirit will accompany me for the rest of my life as I fall in love more and more with each of your achievements.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 1:01 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I'm still trying to take this in.

I was lucky enough to meet Basil at the after show party at John Barry's 1998 concert at the Royal Albert Hall, after a few coments about the concert we ended up talking about travelling, Basil seemed more interested in my tales of Himalayan hiking than anything else. A brief experience but very memorable, the man was a real gentleman and god will I miss him.

As with many of you here, I've always counted myself as one of his true fans, a great composer full of passion, melody and integrity who will be sorely missed.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 1:05 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

An unexpected and terrible loss,
though his illness does explain his recent choice to take leave (a vacation) from scoring.

So much music to behold and remember the talent of a great maestro.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 1:10 AM   
 By:   eplicon   (Member)

Damn. This comes as a shocker. It just seemed like not too long ago he alluded to be in retirement because of the lack of work.

Even though he was underutilized the past few years, I always felt he still had several good scores left in him left to be written.

Thanks for the years of great music, Basil.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 1:14 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Why do the great ones have to be taken so young? frown

Farewell, Basil.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 1:41 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I got this news just now and feel like the last person on earth to find out. I know that's not the truth, but the alienation by this news is so sobering, so painful - you can't help but feel like one of the lost masses.

Like many others here, I feel compelled to express that which cannot be put into words - but I'll try for catharsis's sake. Please bear with me.

Basil as a composer spoke to me with rare clarity and understanding of the emotional need of a film score. While many of his contemporaries found success on their own, there was always something that brought me back to his music. I think it was the fact that he wore his heart on his sleeve - maybe more so than others in the field - and in this day and age of pop music and heartless zombies of boy band clones - that's a rare gift.

I never had contact with Basil myself and I find that my great loss. Ford and others mentioned his genuine and kind nature which I do believe to be an understatement. There was something striking and wholesome (for lack of a more exacting word) about him in interviews. He struck me very much as a "common man" - even though his ability to write music was hardly common.

I feel weighed down tonight, like someone replaced my soul with a stone. Had it not been so late here, I might've gone for a drive but work is early tomorrow. I just know I'll have Farewell To The King cranked up on my way to work.

God bless you, Basil. And godspeed.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 1:57 AM   
 By:   Pogel   (Member)

My deepest condolences.
I shall keep him in my prayers tonight.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 2:08 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Iam extremely shocked and saddend to hear about his untimely passing away. I dont know why but yesterday the music of CONAN THE BARBARIAN kept intruding in my mind during my office drive to work and all the while I was playing Zimmer's Gladiator cd. Little did I know that on the other side of the world this tragedy was taking place. Infact I was even wondering why doesnt Varese Club re-issue the long OOP CONAN THE BARBARIAN cd as a part of their Varese Club cds for those who missed the expanded cd issue.

A truly gifted and one of the great composers of out times. I only wish that he had the luxury and freedom to score more films these days..Little did I know that he was seriously ill.

I now look forward to an special edition FSM online issue in tribute to Basil Poledouris.

Amer Zahid

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 2:12 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

What awful news this is. I was privileged to meet Mr. Poledouris when I worked on CONAN, and as others have said, in addition to being wonderfully talented he was an exceptionally nice person - down-to-earth, genuine, a real mensch. How sad that he is gone, and so soon.

My condolences to his family. RIP Mr. Poledouris.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 2:13 AM   
 By:   shadowman   (Member)

I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Basil Poledouris. I,like others on this board,was unaware of his illness,so his passing does come as a shock to me. I never met him,and cannot testify to his quality as a family man and friend,but from what many have posted in this thread, there can be no doubt that he was,and will always be, admired as
a good family man and a valued friend. I can however testify to his quality as a film composer. IMHO, it was second to none. His name is among the very few which my friends and I feel comfortable mentioning in the same sentence with the greats of film scoring, and that cannot be said for the vast majority of today's
composers. In a world where "repetitive
plunking on a drum machine",or blatant
plagiarism is too often considered acceptable,his music was reflective of a time when originality and substance were more the rule than the exception. That makes his passing all the more painful.
But while he will no longer be able to
give us new musical treasures,those which he has given us will always serve as a reminder of his brilliance. We are saddened by his passing, but we should take joy in what he has given us, Thank you Maestro Poledouris for enriching our
lives with your music. Rest well,and take your rightful place amongst your
colleagues who welcome you. God bless you.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 2:17 AM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

Goodness gracious, it's just so sad to lose such a talent. God, I love his music and have so many fond memories of being awed merely by the scoree, while watching CONAN as a teen in the mid-80's. And I purchased FAREWELL TO THE KING the day I graduated high school and thus it will always bring those memories and feelings flooding back each time I listen to it. And I realize this is selfish, but I do wish he'd had one more chance for a third CONAN epic...

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2006 - 2:42 AM   
 By:   Neil S. Bulk   (Member)

A great composer and by all accounts a great person.

He will be missed.


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