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 Posted:   May 23, 2013 - 9:02 PM   
 By:   elfmanburton   (Member)

Here is Richard Kraft's personal remembrance of his hero, mentor, advocate, guardian, client, and friend, ELMER BERNSTEIN.

www.kraft-engel.com/tributes/elmer-bernstein/

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2013 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   ChristianKühn   (Member)

Guardian, even? big grin

That was an interesting read, thanks a lot.

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2013 - 11:18 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Elmer Bernstein was a man I always wished I had known personally, but felt I knew him at least a bit through the music he gave us. No film score ever moved me quite as much as TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, which still moves me 50 years and countless listens later. Very enjoyable article.

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2013 - 11:38 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

His page about Marvin Hamlisch is also very enjoyble.

http://www.kraft-engel.com/tributes/marvin-hamlisch/

Anyone know if we're getting a proper release of Hamlisch's final score, "Behind the Candelabra"?

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 12:40 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Loved this write up. Thanks Richard!

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 12:45 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Lovely, but why is Richard Kraft talking as if he's a separate person from the one who's posting? With all that amazing weight loss has schizophrenia happened smile

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 2:45 AM   
 By:   orbital   (Member)

Very nice piece. A joyful & touching read. Thanks for sharing.

np: The Great Escape

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 2:54 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

His page about Marvin Hamlisch is also very enjoyble.

http://www.kraft-engel.com/tributes/marvin-hamlisch/

Anyone know if we're getting a proper release of Hamlisch's final score, "Behind the Candelabra"?


From the page:

"Marvin was just in Los Angeles to start work on Soderbergh’s latest film, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA with Michael Douglas as Liberace, when he was rushed to the hospital the night before the first session."

So no music.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 4:57 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Loved the this tribute but one thing that I may have missed, who was this protege?

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 5:43 AM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)

And who is the third person in the photo? I recognize, Bernstein, Poledouris and Goldsmith, but not that third person (from the left). Anyone know?

Is that Richard Kraft?

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 5:45 AM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)

Loved the this tribute but one thing that I may have missed, who was this protege?

I took it that the protégé was Elmer's son Peter. But the language was a bit confusing to me.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

This is a delightful and touching piece -- not only regarding Elmer Bernstein but also about the ups and downs of author's relationship with his hero and with the industry. Kudos to another young enthusiast who managed to carve out a space in which to make a useful contribution to film music.

The impact of that famous High Fidelity issue cannot be overstressed. Bernstein's article was certainly important. (Remember, however, that it would be several years before his Film Music Collection actually got off the ground.) I suspect that another essay had a larger effect at the time. "Why is this record worth $200?" read the cover blurb for an article by Ken Sutak. This sudden publicity put the little-known "collector" market on the map. The scent of money had something to do the expansion of film music on records. Ironically that very spread helped to ensure the obsolescence of the collector market. Those old LPs aren't worth much today (I am told), precisely because reissues have rendered them unnecessary. Reissues and new recordings have been two of the chief pillars supporting the musical appreciation of later generations. And that issue of High Fidelity helped to light the fuse for what almost seems like a modern day explosion of interest. (OK, it's been a rather small explosion in the larger music world.) That same year, 1972, saw the arrival of the Classic Film Score series and (more modestly) the inception of the Miklos Rozsa Society. It was an exciting time.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

His page about Marvin Hamlisch is also very enjoyble.

http://www.kraft-engel.com/tributes/marvin-hamlisch/

Anyone know if we're getting a proper release of Hamlisch's final score, "Behind the Candelabra"?


From the page:

"Marvin was just in Los Angeles to start work on Soderbergh’s latest film, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA with Michael Douglas as Liberace, when he was rushed to the hospital the night before the first session."

So no music.


Clarify that to read "no original underscore." Hamlisch did adapt the music in the film and from what I have been told wrote an original song that is sung in the film. He is clearly credited at the "music adapter" on the poster.

James

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   Michael Condon   (Member)

What a fascinating and moving tribute. Thanks for sharing this!

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   betenoir   (Member)

Thanks very much for that link. Interesting and enlightening.
Hmm, better said by Michael Condon just above (while I was writing my post), fascinating and touching.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   Jon Lewis   (Member)

I've longed for the High Fidelity archives from that era to become available online (as Starlog and Omni are now) because of the classical reviews and articles. I didn't even know til now that there was a film music issue!

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Loved the this tribute but one thing that I may have missed, who was this protege?


Well, if you look closely, Richard uses the word protegee, rather than protege, meaning female of the species...

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Loved the this tribute but one thing that I may have missed, who was this protege?


Well, if you look closely, Richard uses the word protegee, rather than protege, meaning female of the species...


Yes, I get the picture now. cool

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Is Bernstein's "What Ever Happened to Great Movie Music?" article available somewhere on line?

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

That's a terrific piece; and I was astonished to see that it includes audio samples of 109 titles from Elmer's filmography.

I don't recognize the five-minute suite from "An American Werewolf in London" -- can anyone tell me where that came from?

 
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