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 Posted:   Dec 9, 2001 - 6:01 PM   
 By:   Christian Madsen   (Member)

The first composer I met was Basil Poledouris. I met him in Royal Albert Hall, London before the John Barry concert in 1998. The day before I went to the film music store "Rare Discs" in London, where I met the agent Richard Kraft. He told me, that Mr. Poledouris would be there for the concert, so I went to HMV and bought Wind and The Hunt for Red October, whitch I got signed. Mr. Kraft did also tell me, that I was almost impossible to meet John barry, but he took my CDs to the hotel, where they were signed by him. The next day I could pick them up in the reception.
The next composer I met was Jerry Goldsmith. I went to London in 1999 for a concert. I went to Barbican Hall in the morning, and I was allowed to be there at the rehersals with LSO. GREAT!!!
In the evening I got my CDs signed after the "public" concert.
In 1999 I went to London again for a concert with Carl Davis and Georges Fenton. After the concert I went "backstage" and got my autographs and photos. I did also meet Sir Richard Attenborough.
In 2000 I went to Ghent for the Hans Zimmer concert. Unfortunately I didn't meet him, but the following day there was an arrangement where film composers and related persons were telling about their jobs. Luch was included, and Lisa Gerrard, Patrick Doyle, the director Regis Wagener and the actor Michael York were sitting at the very same table next to me! Furthermore I met Elia Cmiral, Elliot Goldenthal and John Powell.
It is really cool to meet these people.

 Posted:   Dec 10, 2001 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Braveheart   (Member)

Lalo Schfrin , signed "Enter the Dragon" LP & CD Cover.

Elmer Benstein, signed "The Great Escape " CD cover,

Jerry Goldsmith , signed "Sand Peebes" CD, sent from Beverly Hills, CA

All the above were met when performing Cconcerts in Glasgow, Scotland over the past few years


 Posted:   Dec 16, 2001 - 6:11 AM   
 By:   Spacehunter   (Member)

My latest successful communication: Stephen Grazziano.

I emailed him late Friday night and asked about a possible BRISCO COUNTY, JR. soundtrack. His response Saturday afternoon came as, "There's been talk of a BRISCO soundtrack, but I wouldn't hold your breath. If you give me your address, I'll send you some of my favorite cues."

YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I'm finally getting some music from one my all-time favorite TV shows! This CD will hold me over until the (delayed) DVD box set of BRISCO arrives next year. I can't wait!

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2001 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   Roman   (Member)

At one of his concerts in Cologne I was lucky enough get my DIRTY HARRY LP cover signed by LALO SCHIFRIN.

I am currently trying to get an autograph by PINO DONAGGIO which doesn't seem to be easy...

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2001 - 4:40 PM   
 By:   Christian Madsen   (Member)

Yesterday I did send Michael K-men an e-mail. Hope to get an aswer.

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2001 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   Spacehunter   (Member)

Another one I forgot about.

A couple months ago, I emailed David Michael Frank and asked about possible (and separate) releases of his awesome scores to ABOVE THE LAW and HARD TO KILL, as well as a CD issue of CODE OF SILENCE. He said releases of ABOVE THE LAW and HARD TO KILL would be unlikely because of the reuse fees, and that the label that originally put out the CODE OF SILENCE LP is now out of business. frown

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2001 - 2:28 AM   
 By:   eplicon   (Member)

That reminds me...a few years ago I wrote an e-mail to John Beal (this was before of the release of the John Beal Trailer Project album). I made some general comments about his work and about the difficulty of being hired simply to mimmick a certain "sound" for trailers instead of being hired to do a full score. He graciously replied, citing it was frustrating (among other things). If he was capable of selling a movie with two minutes of music, why couldn't the producers/studio just let him write all of the music? I think he also mentioned the higher ups wanted to stick with "name brand" composers to give the movie a bit more prestiege. At the time, he did say he was also trying to get his trailer music released on CD...

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2002 - 3:18 AM   
 By:   trevorrabinfan   (Member)

I have met up with Trevor Rabin on several occassions during his days in the rock band Yes(and on his last solo tour). He is a sweet person. Very gracious of his time and always willing to sign autographs for and take pictures with people. So talanted yet so humble and modest. Something so rarely seen in the Hollywood community.

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2002 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   Jostein   (Member)

I've corresponded a few times with Michael Giacchino, always a very, very nice guy despite his busy schedule.

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2002 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

I've met several composers in person who have personally signed CDs - Jerry Goldsmith, John Barry, Bruce Broughton, Michael Kamen, Randy Newman, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Colin Towns, Christopher Gunning, Debbie Wiseman.

I've received letters/autographs through the post (or from behind closed doors at concerts) from Ennio Morricone, Christopher Young, Cliff Eidelman, Basil Poledouris, John Williams, Bill Conti, Stewart Copeland, Ron Jones.

I hope I didn't leave anybody out! ;-)


 Posted:   Dec 18, 2002 - 4:36 PM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I certainly don't wish to spoil the fun, but often requests for signed pictures are handled by personal assistants, from a prepared pile of signed photos.

I met Barry twice, once at his concert and then again at HMV. In the former event, because it was invite only, he was very approachable and willing to chat. But at HMV, an arranged meet and greet, he was much less comfortable. A handshake, a signature, a brief salutation, and next please!

I understand that Barry reads ALL his fan mail but replies to none of it.


 Posted:   Dec 18, 2002 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I forgot to add ...

At the after-concert party of Debbie Wiseman's 2001 concert, I had lengthy, friendly conversation with Don Black and Debbie Wiseman. She was really sweet. I'd interviewed here before and we really enjoyed it. She even telephoned me at work the week after the concert to ask if she could borrow the photographs I took that night. A lovely lady.


 Posted:   Dec 18, 2002 - 4:43 PM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

The only other composer I've dealt with is David Arnold. I did two arranged interviews with him, so it was kind of formal but he was nice enough to have remembered me from one to the next. He sent me tapes of Baby Boy, Shaft and Zoolander.


 Posted:   Dec 18, 2002 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   SheriffJoe   (Member)

James Horner (Journey of Natty Gann premeire) - he was very nice, considerate and appreciative. My mother adores him.

Elmer Bernstein (came to my work at Morgan Creek for some reason or another) - very nice man, humble and excited about James Horner's future...this was 1991 by the way.

Jerry Goldsmith (on five different occassions)

John Williams (On two different occassions)

John Ottman (Several times)

John Debney (Several times)

Alan Silvestri (while working at Morgan Creek for Young Guns II)

Bruce Broughton (Young Sherlock Holmes premeire)

Don Davis (on the scoring stage for Seaquest, where he was orchestrating Debney's work)

Brian Langsbard (friend growing up)

That's about all I can think of at this moment in time...perhaps more later...

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2002 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   NowhereMan   (Member)

I met John Williams and Itzhak Perlman on the same night at the same concert, but not at the same time. I had them each sign my Schindler's List CD. Williams also signed my Phantom Menace CD (that same night he gave the first public performance of Duel of the Fates, sounded as good as the CD!).

Three years prior I met him and had him sign disc 4 of the Star Wars Trilogy Anthology, the one with a picture of him conducting on it. He signed it with a gold-ink pen, looks GREAT.

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2002 - 9:55 PM   
 By:   JohnSWalsh   (Member)

James Horner

Elmer Bernstein (came to my work at Morgan Creek for some reason or another)

Jerry Goldsmith (on five different occassions)

John Williams (On two different occassions)


Oh yeah?? Well...well I once met one of the guys from 1910 Fruitgum Company! How ya like them apples?! big grin

 Posted:   Dec 19, 2002 - 1:24 AM   
 By:   Irv Lipscomb   (Member)

I met Albert Glasser during the 60's, and enjoyed a long and enjoyable friendship with him that lasted until his death. I also corresponded with Ferde Grofe and Ronald Stein.

 Posted:   Dec 19, 2002 - 1:39 AM   
 By:   dave coscina   (Member)

I spoke with Kamen via email on a couple of occasions. I had the chance to chat with American minimalist composer John Adams after a concert in Detroit. A wonderful, articulate, extremely intelligent man. We spoke about film scoring for a while. He'd just finished writing music for a documentary.

 Posted:   Dec 19, 2002 - 1:56 AM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)

I could never resist going backstage or writing a fan letter. The composers I have met include

Bruce Broughton
Aaron Copland
David Raksin
Elmer Bernstein
George Duning
Herschel Burke-Gilbert
Jerry Goldsmith
John Williams
Lalo Schifrin
Henry Mancini
Christopher Young

I have also written more that my share of fan letters. One of my first was to Ernerst Gold after hearing his score to EXODUS. He sent me a copy of his then new LP from SHIP OF FOOLS. I also have received replies from Bernstein, Goldsmith, Williams, Delerue (in French) Rozsa (many), Tiomkin, Newman (pater), Duning and Broughton (who kindly sent me a copy of BABY'S DAY OUT on CD). No luck with Herrmann, Barry or Morricone however. ;-)

Probably my favorite experience was speaking to Max Steiner on the telephone (thanks to a mutual friend). True to form, Steiner was prone to make a joke and deflect any comments on his music. My friend and I had just finished watching a good print of VIRGINIA CITY if I recall. This was in the mid-1960's, and so Max was just into his 'retirement' at that time.

 Posted:   Dec 19, 2002 - 3:17 AM   
 By:   scottym_johnson(2)   (Member)

How would I manage to contact a composer?

Somebody please help me!!

I want to write to John Barry, Bill Conti and Dave Grusin.


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