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

The Lennie Niehaus topic got me thinking about this (we've had similar topics in the past, but I can't remember what we called them).

So let's do a tally, if we can. Who do we have?

Age 85:

Dave Grusin (in 2 months) -- still active?
Antón García Abril -- still active
Krzysztof Penderecki -- still active?

Age 86:

Quincy Jones -- retired?
Lalo Schifrin -- retired?
Nico Fidenco -- retired?
Joseph Koo -- retired

Age 87:

John Williams -- still active
Per Nørgaard -- retired?
Vadim Petrov - retired

Age 88:

Claude Bolling -- retired?
David Amram -- still active
Clint Eastwood -- still active
Alain Goraguer -- retired?
Leslie Bricusse -- still active
John Scott -- still active?
Kenneth Wannberg -- retired

Age 89:

Lennie Niehaus -- retired?
Frédéric Devreese -- retired?
Artie Kane -- retired?
Stu Phillips -- retired?
Stephen Sondheim -- still active

Age 90:

Ennio Morricone -- still active
Burt Bacharach -- retired?
Richard M. Sherman -- retired?
Marc Wilkinson -- retired?
Charles Strouse -- retired?

Age 91:

Monty Norman -- retired?
Gerald Fried -- still active
Gerhard Heinz -- retired?

Age 92:

Martial Solal -- retired?
Laurence Rosenthal -- retired?
Laurie Johnson -- retired?
Dick Hyman -- still active

Age 93:

Mikis Theodorakis -- retired?
Peter Thomas -- retired?
Johnny Mandel -- retired?
Jan Krenz -- retired?
David Lee -- retired?

Age 94:

Bent Fabricius Bjerre -- still active

Age 95:

Robert Cobert -- retired?
Gerhard Schurman -- still active
Johnny Pate -- retired
Kenneth V. Jones -- retired?

Age 96:

William Kraft -- retired?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2019 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (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:   Mr. 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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