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 Posted:   Dec 9, 2003 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Melchior   (Member)

I know, he was the first composer on Chinatown, but his score was finally replaced with the great music of Jerry Goldsmith.

Does anybody know more about this composer and his music?

 Posted:   Dec 9, 2003 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   MichaelM   (Member)

According to IMDB he scored a handful of low budget films in the sixties and seventies, but nothing anyone would remember. His most recent entry (something called "Blood Voyage") dates back to 1976.

Makes one wonder how he ever landed the CHINATOWN assignment in the first place, he must have been a friend of Polanski. According to Goldsmith, Lambro's score was "Chinese sounding".

 Posted:   Dec 9, 2003 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   Melchior   (Member)

In know he scored many few movies. But aside the informations on the imdb, I cannot find any other information about him. He is completely disappeared.

 Posted:   Dec 9, 2003 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Melchior   (Member)

Hey, I find something about him in the internet. He composed many concert works, some of them were conducted by Leopold Stokowski.

For his composition Two Pictures for Solo Percussionist and Orchestra he received praise from Herbert von Karajan.

 Posted:   Dec 9, 2003 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

FYI, here is a link to a bio about the man:

Also here is a photo as well.

Ford A. Thaxton

 Posted:   Dec 9, 2003 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   Melchior   (Member)

Thank you Ford,

can you tell something about his film music? I know, that Motown released Murph the Surf in the 70´s on LP, but I didn´t have this record. And the movies are not shown in German television, far as I know.

 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Sounds interesting:

"CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE WORST KIND is an unconventional and startlingly truthful autobiographical memoir by the distinguished American composer-conductor Phillip Lambro. It includes little known highly personal and candid recollections and recounting of witty evocative situations and stories..."

Anybody read it? I'm going to try for it by inter-library loan.

 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   MerM   (Member)

"I could only come to the deduction that Marvin Hamlisch's effrontery was exceeded only by his lack of actual compositional ability."

Well, that's... uh... ouch.

 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 6:04 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

"I could only come to the deduction...." Is that expression grammatitionally correct?

 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

"I could only come to the deduction...." Is that expression grammatitionally correct?

big grin

Makes me think this thing was self-published.

By the by, I have requested this book by interlibrary loan.

 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Received today.

Interlibrary loan is our friend! smile

 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

The best thing about this book is how it shows the bizarre, byzantine world that working Hollywood (at the highest salary levels, anyway) is.

Bizarre, as in

---A working lunch at the fabulous home of Robert Evans, attended by servants and using the finest tableware and linens, and they're being served hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries.

---Harold Lloyd's bet with a certain zillionaire, his "librarian", the room he REALLY lived in and seven-year Christmas tree.


---Jobs are had almost entirely on social connections, and some on very casual recommendation, or EXTREMELY personal opinions.

---Jobs are lost or work is destroyed (e.g., Lambro's CHINATOWN score, Bronislau Kaper's "unsuitability" to do the film) in the same way. [/li]

---Praise is something people seem to give out, ultimately, to make THEMSELVES look better instead of the recipient (everyone was praising Lambro's score up until the preview responses supposedly ca came in

---A film passes through an incredible number of creative hands before it is released and can go through almost as many intepretations.


But be warned that I had a hard time reading this book, because it seems like it was self-published and so suffers from not having a real editor. The "grammitational" example quoted above is a really good example of how a whole LOT of the book was written, and he repeated a lot of facts over and over.

Plus he addresses the reader as "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury" and himself as "your Humble Court Composer" a lot, which makes a certain point, but gets trite by repetition.

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