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 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)


I have been spending a lot of time of late listening to scores by Mr. Elmer Bernstein. This is due to some purchases I have made recently (The Miracle, The Bucaneer, The Scarlet Letter), some that I already have (too many to mention) and movies I have watched (again too many to list). What I have realized is that I not only like this man and his work - I LOVE IT. I am not sure why but I felt I was only attracted to the genre or cast of the movies that Elmer Bernstein scored, typically the 50's and 60s. But I realize that his music left a huge imprint on the musical part of my brain that sticks with me still. When I randomly listen to his works, I am transported back! Boy what great memories these are!

Oh Mr. Bernstein, thank you sir!

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

I have been spending a lot of time of late listening to scores by Mr. Elmer Bernstein. This is due to some purchases I have made recently (The Miracle, The Bucaneer, The Scarlet Letter), some that I already have (too many to mention) and movies I have watched (again too many to list). What I have realized is that I not only like this man and his work - I LOVE IT. I am not sure why but I felt I was only attracted to the genre or cast of the movies that Elmer Bernstein scored, typically the 50's and 60s. But I realize that his music left a huge imprint on the musical part of my brain that sticks with me still. When I randomly listen to his works, I am transported back! Boy what great memories these are!

Oh Mr. Bernstein, thank you sir!


Well said! My feelings exactly.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 6:11 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

MR Bernstein's film music I feel has a strong following because he as much as any other film composer made scores that felt so big and wide, which was perfect for the full screen you saw it on. While film music surely works on your TV set big or small. His scores for the most part was perfect music for the cinema. I notice too, more then most film composers you knew pretty quick you were listening to a Elmer score. Very distinctive style. I always wondered what he would have done with STAR WARS? For sure after listening to his fine score for SPACEHUNTER-83.While we are at it I wonder what he would have done with a KING KONG?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 6:18 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I totally agree. His music speaks most clearly and emotionally to me. He is my favorite!!

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 9:55 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

MR Bernstein's film music I feel has a strong following because he as much as any other film composer made scores that felt so big and wide, which was perfect for the full screen you saw it on. While film music surely works on your TV set big or small. His scores for the most part was perfect music for the cinema. I notice too, more then most film composers you knew pretty quick you were listening to a Elmer score. Very distinctive style. I always wondered what he would have done with STAR WARS? For sure after listening to his fine score for SPACEHUNTER-83.While we are at it I wonder what he would have done with a KING KONG?

Interesting thoughts. My favorite Elmer Bernstein scores have always been his more character-driven, smaller-orchestra scores, as these (films and scores) have tended to have the most emotional impact on me. Those would include TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, SUMMER AND SMOKE, WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ, THE GREAT ESCAPE, his TV documentary scores and a few others. The westerns of course are also among my favorites. While I do like THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, EB's grander scale scores -- THE BUCCANEER for example -- and sci fi scores have typically been among my least favorite of his works. So I've never really thought about him as a potential composer of scores like STAR WARS, or KING KONG. It would be interesting to hear what he might have done with such films. Too bad we shall never know!

 
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