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 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Which film composers are still around, age 85 and above? And which of them are still active? He or she MUST have turned 85 to qualify, no young whippersnappers below that age!

Born 1935:

???

Born 1934:

Charles Gross -- retired?
Dave Grusin -- still active?
Barry de Vorzon -- retired?
Paul Glass -- retired?
Patrick Gleeson -- retired?
Jan Klusàk -- retired?

Born 1933:

Antón García Abril -- still active
Quincy Jones -- retired?
Nico Fidenco -- retired
Joseph Koo -- retired
Tôn-Thát Tiét -- retired?
Jerzy Woy-Wojciechowski -- retired

Born 1932:

Lalo Schifrin -- retired?
John Williams -- still active
Per Nørgaard -- retired?
Vadim Petrov -- retired
Rodion Shchedrin -- retired?
Lucjan Kaszycki -- retired

Born 1931:

Alain Goraguer -- retired?
Leslie Bricusse -- still active
Shunshuke Kikuchi -- retired?

Born 1930:

Kenneth Wannberg -- retired
John Scott -- still active?
Clint Eastwood -- still active
Claude Bolling -- retired?
David Amram -- still active
Stephen Sondheim -- still active
Luis de Pablo -- still active?
Cristóbal Halffter -- retired?
Romuald Twardowski -- retired

Born 1929:

Stu Phillips -- retired?
Artie Kane -- retired?
Frédéric Devreese -- retired?
Marc Wilkinson -- retired?

Born 1928:

Charles Strouse -- retired?
Richard M. Sherman -- retired?
Burt Bacharach -- still active
Monty Norman -- retired?
Gerald Fried -- still active
George Dreyfus -- retired?
Jerzy Matuszkiewicz -- retired?
William James Edwards Lee III -- retired

Born 1927:

Gerhard Heinz -- retired?
Martial Solal -- retired?
Laurie Johnson -- retired?
Duane Tatro -- retired
Dick Hyman -- still active

Born 1926:

Laurence Rosenthal -- retired?
Jan Krenz -- retired?
David Lee -- retired?
Aleksandr Zatsepin -- retired?
Hajime Kaburagi -- retired

Born 1925:

Michiaki "Chumei" Watanabe -- retired?
Mikis Theodorakis -- retired?

Born 1924:

Kenneth V. Jones -- retired?

Born 1923:

Johnny Pate -- retired
William Kraft -- retired?

Born 1922 or earlier:

Ray Anthony (b. 1922) -- not a composer, but played on many soundtracks. He is the closest we have at this point.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

How old is John Scott?
I think he'd like to be active in film, but no knobhead will give him a gig!!
He's still writing though.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

A quick search shows that John Scott is 89.

Another popular Brit, especially from the age of TV classics, is 92. Laurie Johnson. Haven't had time to check if he's active, coz I just wanted to see my name in lights before anybody else gets in.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

David Amram is 88 and performed in a concert of his music last Friday. Sounds like one of my "jokes", but I checked up and it's true.

Edit - I see that Amram's on the list, but we now know he's still active. I think Gerald Fried's active too, with a couple of small projects going on.

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Monty Norman b:04 Apr 28

Famous for composing the score to Call Me Bwana (1963) ... albeit a co-credit with Muir Mathieson

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Clint Eastwood is a composer?

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   dtw   (Member)

Sondheim was supposedly working on a new musical in the last few years ... not sure what the status of that is now.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Great; I'm updating the list in the first post as suggestions and corrections come in.

Not too sure about Sondheim, though. Has he done 'proper' film scores?

I was thinking Dave Grusin, but he's a few months short of 85.

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   dtw   (Member)

Well he scored the 1974 film "Stavisky", if nothing else.
Okay what about Leslie Bricusse and Nico Fidenco?
Gerhard Heinz?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Well he scored the 1974 film "Stavisky", if nothing else.
Okay what about Leslie Bricusse and Nico Fidenco?


Ah, OK. No big problem adding Sondheim, then, I suppose. And I guess the same applies to Bricusse -- he's also done 'proper' scores? (I really only know him from the John Williams work, where he's a lyricist and/or songwriter)

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   dtw   (Member)

Ah, OK. No big problem adding Sondheim, then, I suppose. And I guess the same applies to Bricusse -- he's also done 'proper' scores? (I really only know him from the John Williams work, where he's a lyricist and/or songwriter)

um, well he did "Scrooge" on his own, I think ... though admittedly I suspect everything else is collaborations as songwriter with other people like Williams or Mancini as score composer.

EDIT: composing on "Goodbye Mr. Chips" is credited fully to Bricusse (with Williams "conducting and supervising").

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

Penderescki is still around!

Cool.
Glad he lived long enough to receive royalties from the many.uses of his.music in films!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 11:04 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Antón García Abril had a new concert piece premiered just last year. He's still very active in poetry and opera, and seems to appear every other month in the Spanish press, as one of the great intellectuals and groundbreakers. Not sure how active he is in film, but he scored a documentary in 2015.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Johnny Mandel 93

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

The year of birth is my preference for such things, as one's age is a moving target depending on whichever month the birthdate occurs in. Plus, one year from now, a person who's currently age 84 will be eligible for this 85+ thread ... smile

Here's some 'born-prior-to-1930' additions for Thor:

William Kraft (1923)
Robert Cobert (1924)
Kenneth V. Jones (1924)
Gerard Schurmann (1924)
Jan Krenz (1926)
David Lee (1926)
Martial Solal (1927)
Marc Wilkinson (1929)

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yeah, good point about the year rather than the age, but it looks more 'impressive' with the age. smile

Thanks for the additions, Zardoz. I thought Bjerre was the oldest living film composer (of note), but you managed to find a couple of older ones. At least Bjerre still remains the oldest ACTIVE composer.

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

Billy Goldenberg is 83. *edit* Under 85, sorry!

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

Carl Davis is 82. *edit* Ditto.

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

Charles Strouse is 90.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

85, litefoot! Goldenberg and Davis are still WAY too young. smile

But I'll add Strouse.

 
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