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 Posted:   Dec 6, 2001 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   David Maxx   (Member)

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 Posted:   Dec 6, 2001 - 8:04 PM   
 By:   Spacehunter   (Member)

Well, I met and got a signed picture from John Carpenter this past August at the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors in Pasadena, so I think that counts as meeting a composer. smile

I've corresponded with a few composers through their sites, usually just to ask a question or two about their work:

* Louis Febre (who's going to make me a personal CD of some of his music from the television shows L.A. HEAT and THE FUGITIVE).

* Shawn Clement, who did the music for BATMAN: VENGEANCE for PlayStation2 and WORLD'S WILDEST POLICE VIDEOS, among many others.

* Alan Howarth, HALLOWEEN 3-6

* Elia Cmiral, who found my website for him earlier this year and sent me a thank you email.

But I am planning to write to a number of composers soon, including Trevor Rabin, Christopher L. Stone, Kevin Kiner, and Mike Post, so I'll let you know if I have any success.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2001 - 10:12 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Had a great chat with Basil Poledouris at John Barry's party after his 1998 concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, a really easy going and nice guy, I felt like I was chatting with a friend. The only unfortunate thing is that, not knowing he would be there mean't that I didn't have a Poledouris CD cover for him to sign, We had a joke (I can't remember exactly what was said) about him signing my John Barry Program. He was in London recording Les Miserablessmile, Poledouris's summing up of the concert?..."what music...all that wonderful music", he was obviously impressed and stated when I asked him that he would love to perform there himself but wasn't sure where he would fit a large choirwink...Now just how cool would a Basil Poledouris concert bebig grin

As for John Barry?, well, it was his night and he was surrounded, but I did get him to sign my Octopussy CD with 'To Tim, John Barry'smile

In my time I've also met Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Ennio Morricone, John Addison and Ron Goodwin. Goodwin always has time for talking with people and is an incredibly witty person, lovely man!

Also had e-mail correspondence from David Bedford (The Killing Fields + many Mike Oldfield collaborations)

Also, I should mention I met Andre Previn on numerous occasions when he was princible conductor of the LSO in the 70's...his signature is on quite a few of my classical LP's!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2001 - 10:33 PM   
 By:   Pete Greenhill   (Member)

I met John Barry at the 'James Bond Theme' trial in London last March. He had been ill with pnemonia and was in the middle of giving evidence. It was the beginning of his last day in court and he and wife Laurie were flying home to Oyster Bay in New York state that day.

Laurie came into court and I asked her if it would be ok if I asked John for an autograph but that I didn't want to hastle him. She said that he was just down the corridor and to ask him now. She also asked, was it just one CD insert I wanted signed?. I replied that it was. At a signing in 1998 some characters expected him to sign their whole collections!.

I walked down the corridor and said
"John could you do me a favour and sign this"

It was the insert to the 'Thunderball' CD which Don Black had signed the previous day. He was happy to to it. I wished him a good journey home and all the best, he replied
"Thank-you Pete"

We shook hands and I then shook hands with Laurie who said ,

"It's been nice meeting you" ( I had spoken to her earlier in the trial)

We all returned to the court.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2001 - 11:23 PM   
 By:   Spacehunter   (Member)

Yikes! How could I forget?

After I inquired about a possible soundtrack release of it, Eric Colvin sent me not one but two copies of his great western score CROSSFIRE TRAIL, along with a nice letter thanking me for my interest.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2001 - 2:42 AM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

I was all ready to impress you guys with MY brushes with film composers, but my experiences pale in comparison.
Nevertheless... For the record:
I met Peter Schickele after one of his concerts. REALLY nice and super cool man!
And Fred Karlin left a message on my answering machine once, after I wrote him about whether he had anymore copies of his Goldsmith documentary!
Oh, and even though it isn't filmmusic related, one of my closest friends is an EXCELLENT author!big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2001 - 3:09 AM   
 By:   Director   (Member)

I've met John Williams twice and had him autography my E.T. insert and my concert program. We had a quick chat before he moved on to my friend and signed her program and PATRIOT insert. He is one of the most kind and gently people I have ever met.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2001 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   Gold Digger   (Member)

I was lucky enough to meet a couple of absolute gents of film scoring many years ago. First was the under rated Robert Folk, who invited me along to a London recording session, and he also took me along to have dinner one evening with him and the rest of the scoring crew. The other was Micheal Kamen who I interviewed, occasionally corresponded with and went to two of his recording sessions.

I'm not 'best friends' with these guys but they both made you feel very relaxed and were both memorable encounters which I'll never forget.

I'd like to encounter Mr Goldsmith in this frame of mind one day but everytime I have been in the same room ,along with many of his fans, he always seemed totally uninterested and clearly didn't feel at all comfortable so I never bothered saying hello.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2001 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   lars b   (Member)

I met JERRY GOLDSMITH at the Barbican concerts in 2000, and had him signing my Japanese pressing of 'UNDER FIRE'.

Also met ELMER BERNSTEIN after a concert for the opening of the Flanders Film Festival.
A very charming man.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2001 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Except for a couple of Norwegian composers, I've never met a single film composer in my life (they were all married! wink). Might have something to do with the fact that I'm locked away in a "soundtrack developing country" in a darkened corner of Europe.

I have received a signed mini-poster of MODERN VAMPIRES, though (autographs of both Richard and Danny Elfman). Also, I've been in e-mail contact with Joel McNeely, Michael Wandmacher (song-composer for THE 6TH DAY) and a couple of other, younger "hot shots".

I hope to some day attend a John Williams concert and meet the man afterwards (if I can afford the trip to London).

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2001 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   aps   (Member)

I don't have as many as you all. My autographs are from Bernard Herrmann, Joel McNeely, and Leonard Rosenman. I've seen Goldsmith at one of his concerts, but have never met him.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2001 - 5:05 PM   
 By:   Philipp   (Member)

I once met Jay Chattaway in my college in LA. A friend of him was my english teacher, and she discovered that I only bought score cds, so she introduced him to me one day, when he was picking her up, really nice man.

Well, it´s not a film composer, but it is a funny story. Once I was at a Star Trek Convention, my first and only one sadly so far, in Olympia, Washington. I stayed at the hotel it was performed. The last evening, a few minutes befor I had to leave, I went to the toilet, and there was John DeLancie, accompanied by his bodyguards. He smiled at me, and I smiled back. He saw my magazine, and asked me to sign it. I was speechles, and his guards wanted to move on. I told him, this was my last minute here, so he sad to his guys wait a minute. So, on the toilet, I got a signature from John DeLancie. smile

Philipp

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2001 - 6:37 PM   
 By:   Originalthinkr@aol.com   (Member)

I was fortunate enough to have met Miklos Rozsa a few times, resulting in my having a personally-inscribed copy of the British edition of his autobiography, "Double Life," several signed lp covers and a couple of original 8x10 b/w stills of him dynamically conducting the soundtrack scoring sessions of BEN-HUR in 1959.

One time, I handed him a copy of the rare, first ad-campaign one-sheet poster from BEN-HUR. He looked it up and down, decided that something important was missing and began to write. At the bottom of the cedits I saw that he had added the words "Music by Miklos Rozsa"! (Rozsa's MGM contract during that period did not stipulate a credit on advertising materials, believe it or not!)

For such a formidable Old World, old school artist and gentleman, he was surprisingly, and wonderfully witty and genial. As such, I like to think that I am the proud owner of the only BEN-HUR poster in existence on which the credits are correct and complete.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2001 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

I have been fortunate to chat with Messrs. Jarre, Goldsmith & Conti post-concerti. All three were equally gracious and amiable.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2001 - 7:34 PM   
 By:   JJH   (Member)

have a couple autographs:

Jerry Goldsmith (Medicine Man)and Christopher Young (Bless the Child)


and a few email replies from Lee Holdridge, Mychael Danna, Joel McNeely, John Debney, and John Ottman. All cordial.

Dream:
I would like to try and get an Elmer Bernstein autograph on either one of my Marie Ward or World of Henry Orient CDs.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2001 - 12:26 AM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

JW is a gent, having met him a few times; but JG turned and fled when I gleefully presented with the vinyl album cover of my "Legend" soundtrack the one time I met him back in 1987. I have puzzled over this ever since (it was not the Tangerine Dream score). More fool me, I guess. Sorry, Jerry!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2001 - 12:26 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

I don't have as many as you all. My autographs are from Bernard Herrmann,

Now the Bernard Herrmann autograph IMPRESSES ME!
How did you get it?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2001 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   Dennis Schmidt   (Member)

My first signed letter from a composer/musician was from Alex North right after he scored Spartacus. Over the years I received another letter from Mr. North and my only signed CD cover was from the English Spartacus CD. The letters have generally all been very personable. Ernest Gold even sent a 'musical sketch' from Exodus that including urgings to the orchestra to pump it up in several places. Other letters etc are from Count Basie, Elmer Bernstein, Bruce Broughton, Bill Conti, Georges Delerue,Albert Glasser (terrific wnd witty long letters), Jerry Goldsmith, Maurice Jarre, (w/ musical sketch),Henry Mancini, Laurence Rosenthal, Miklos Rosza, Lalo Schifrin, David Shire and John Williams.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2001 - 10:09 PM   
 By:   jeffy   (Member)

Like a giggly schoolboy, I wrote to John Williams probably a year after I started getting into film scores. I had just bought the 4-CD release of Star Wars and would drive my roommates silly listening to the final 35 minutes of Empire over and over.

Naturally, I had to let Mr. Williams know how much he moved me.

Not expecting anything back, I was curious when an envelope from the Boston Symphony Orchestra came into my mailbox. Inside was an index card with some notes on it and John Williams' signature!

Instantly, one of my musically inclined friends played the notes on the guitar. It was the Star Wars theme!

A couple of weeks later, another envelope from Boston arrived. This time, notes from Jaws were on the card (obviously, this is easy to spot).

After that, I wrote to Alan Menken about two months after he (unjustly) lost his Oscar fro Hunchback of Notrew Dame to Rachel Portman's Emma. Just a little note saying he still has supporters.

He wrote back saying he was one week away from flying to Berlin to oversee the final touches of the stage version of Hunchback (which has yet to arrive in the States). That was really wonderful.

But it's not done yet. In 1998, I heard John Williams was going to be in my hometown of St. Louis (Missouri) to perform a 4th of July concert. I couldn't make it, and I wrote to him wishing him luck.

My brother was able to go, and he bought a 4x6 picture of Williams and asked him to sign it! Boy was that awesome (for me at least, my brother doesn't really get into film scores).

Then, two weeks before the 1999 Oscars I wrote to him wishing him well (he was nominated for Angela's Ashes). The week after, I got another card, with a small picture and five notes (with his signature, of course).

I found a musical friend to help me, and it was the five famous notes from Close Encounters. What fun!

Naturally, all five cards are framed and hanging on my wall. Visitors don't really know who Williams and Menken are, but the are impressed when I tell them.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2001 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   eplicon   (Member)

To date, the only composer I ever received a reply from was Alan Silvestri. I wrote to him back in 1996 to comment on his work and to inquire about the availability of his Selected Themes 2-CD promo. I didn't nag him to death about that, I very politely asked him if there was any way I could get it.

A month later, I received a small package from him in the mail. I got a personalized form letter thanking me for the compliments and for writing (the letter was also signed). On top of that, he enclosed the 2-CD Selected Themes and a promo tape of BLOWN AWAY!

 
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