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 Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 5:07 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I remember when Nico fidenco and lalo schifrin were the young bucks on the scene...! (Compared to established composers at the time).

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 6:11 AM   
 By:   George Flaxman   (Member)

Someone on the Board enquired recently about recommendations for Denis King a UK tv composer of over 100 series. His themes used to be familiar to most on this side of the pond. I was surprised to be reminded that his most recent compilation CD was from 1992. He must be presumed to be retired now, but his 80th birthday is next month. I had thought John Scott had passed some time ago, but I'm happy to be wrong. HIs activities with JOS Records seemed to have stopped. A NEW Digital re-recording of Anthony and Cleopatra would be a fitting tribute to round off his contributions whilst he is still with us to appreciate it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 6:12 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Someone on the Board enquired recently about recommendations for Denis King a UK tv composer of over 100 series. His themes used to be familiar to most on this side of the pond. I was surprised to be reminded that his most recent compilation CD was from 1992. He must be presumed to be retired now, but his 80th birthday is next month.

80? What a young whippersnapper! 5 years untill he's eligible for this esteemed company.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   George Flaxman   (Member)

Someone on the Board enquired recently about recommendations for Denis King a UK tv composer of over 100 series. His themes used to be familiar to most on this side of the pond. I was surprised to be reminded that his most recent compilation CD was from 1992. He must be presumed to be retired now, but his 80th birthday is next month.

80? What a young whippersnapper! 5 years untill he's eligible for this esteemed company.


To be honest I kind of felt sorry for him. He may be up to theme compositions but I doubt he'll get another gig.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 6:42 AM   
 By:   George Flaxman   (Member)

Just to confirm that the new Gerard Schurmann release on the Chandos label has indeed been released:

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2010979

Yet to hear it myself but if it’s of similar quality to the other CDs in this long standing series, it likely to be good.


Richard, I thought you were announcing the appearance of Volume 2. I've seen it announced, but I expect we'll have to wait another year or two. I'd suggested a volume of Film Music of Cedric Thorpe Davie. Apparently it's on their "to do" list. So that's at least 2 titles. I wonder what other gems might be on their list ?.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 7:35 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I've added a few names to the list:

George Dreyfus
Barry de Vorzon
Paul Glass
Patrick Gleeson
Charles Gross
Shunsuke Kikuchi
Jan Klusák
Aleksandr Zatsepin

We can also now add people born in the spring of 1935, but I couldn't think of any. Except Herb Alpert, and although he's done 2-3 film/TV things, I'm not sure he qualifies. Peter Schickele is just one month shy from getting on the list, though. Jules Bass shortly thereafter.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 8:22 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Thor, you might be interested in the following:

Paul Glass can now be added to this list (born 1934)

Tôn-Tha?t Tie?t (b. 1933)

Rodion Shchedrin (b. 1932)

Two Spanish composers, both born in 1930, are still with us:
  • Luis de Pablo, most active during the '60s & '70s, purportedly worked on a documentary during 2019
  • Cristóbal Halffter was primarily active between 1954 & 1974, scoring little more than two dozen productions
    Both are better known, if it can be said that they are known, for their absolute music.

    These British composers did between 1 to 3 features, but are also still with us:
  • Harrison Birtwistle (b. 1934)
  • Thomas Rajna (b. 1928)

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     Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 8:22 AM   
     By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

    I see Thor was already working on Paul Glass around the same time as I was.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 8:29 AM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    Tôn-Tha?t Tie?t (b. 1933)

    Say what? Is that a Vietnamese composer or something, and you lack the letter where the question mark is? Google came up with nothing.

    Not familiar with your other names either, but I'll add them. I'm hesitant to add composers with 3 credits and less, otherwise we could also add people like Herb Alpert, as previously mentioned. But I feel that's a different kind of ballgame. They aren't 'film composers', strictly speaking, but composers who have dabbled in film once or twice.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 8:33 AM   
     By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

    Tôn-Tha?t Tie?t (b. 1933)

    Say what? Is that a Vietnamese composer or something, and you lack the letter where the question mark is?


    Yeah, FSM's system probably doesn't recognize those special characters.
    Without those, it would be Ton-That Tiet.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 8:38 AM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    Yeah, FSM's system probably doesn't recognize those special characters.
    Without those, it would be Ton-That Tiet.


    A-ha! The composer of THE SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA. I've seen that film, without knowing who the composer was.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 8:49 AM   
     By:   John Smith   (Member)

    AGE 89:

    Zdzislaw Szostak (b. 1930/Poland)


    Sadly, Zdzislaw Szostak died last year – three weeks after MusicUnite’s post.

    With a life expectancy for male Poles of 74.6, it is (not surprisingly) extremely rare for Polish composers - almost exclusively men - to live beyond 80.

    There are two Polish nonagenarian film composers left in the profession and a mere handful of octogenarians - and only one still working:

    Jerzy Matuszkiewicz (1928) last score: 2007
    Romuald Twardowski (1930) last score: 1985

    Lucjan Kaszycki (1932) last score: 1983
    Jerzy Woy-Wojciechowski (1933) last score: 1983
    Adam Slawinski (1935) last score: 2002
    Henryk Kuzniak (1936) last score: 2010
    Krzysztof Sadowski (1936) last score: 1976
    Andrzej Korzynski (1940) last score: 2019

    As for female film composers, from the old-school (relatively speaking), there are only two I can recall: Grazyna Bacewicz, died 1969 aged 60 and Joanna Bruzdowicz (born 1943) long-time collaborator with Agnes Varda.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 9:02 AM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    I've been trying desperately to find someone born in 1922 that is still with us. So far the only one that comes close is Ray Anthony -- but he was a musician that played on many soundtracks, not a composer in his own right. But he's still around at 98.

    And thanks for the list, John Smith. Three of those names qualified for the list.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 9:41 AM   
     By:   John Smith   (Member)

    And thanks for the list, John Smith. Three of those names qualified for the list.

    I make that four:

    Jerzy Matuszkiewicz (1928) last score: 2007
    Romuald Twardowski (1930) last score: 1985

    Lucjan Kaszycki (1932) last score: 1983
    Jerzy Woy-Wojciechowski (1933) last score: 1983

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 9:47 AM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    Four, yes. Sorry.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 2, 2020 - 10:02 AM   
     By:   John Smith   (Member)

    Actually, three would be the correct number if you excluded Romuald Twardowski, who was primarily a classical composer. He scored one film and three documentaries…

    You decide.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 5, 2020 - 10:03 AM   
     By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

    I don't know how "important" this is Thor, but you have Burt Bacharach listed as "still active (?)" - I don't think there's any doubt that he is. I haven't checked the imdb but I remember a film from 2017 or 2018, and he had an April or May (I think) concert in Japan cancelled this year because of the coronavirus.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 5, 2020 - 10:04 AM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    Thanks for that, Graham. I'll change it asap. What a legend! He also looks pretty damn amazing for his age (92), as opposed to a recent photo I saw of Ian Holm (one of my favourite actors). He's had it tough recently, and is hardly recognizable anymore.

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 3, 2020 - 11:54 AM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    Always sad when this happens, but Johnny Mandel taken off the list.

    What about the stamina of that Johnny Pate and William Kraft, eh? *knock on wood*

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 4, 2020 - 3:05 PM   
     By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

    Hi, Thor.

    During my slow-paced explorations into vintage Japanese soundtracks,
    I have been periodically discovering some composers whom I was unaware of for decades.
    Almost all of such are by now deceased. Thanks to Ark Square, I noticed Horrors of Malformed Men by
    Hajime Kaburagi. From what little I've found online, Kaburagi's date of birth is listed as being 1926 ... with no date of death (which makes him 94, if still with us).

    He has well over 200 credits in a 40-year span between 1956 and 1995, but the sketchy biographical information on him likely needs further verification before entering his name into this thread ...

     
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