|Birth name||Leonard Rosenman|
September 7, 1924|
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||March 4, 2008
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles
|Occupation(s)||composer and conductor|
Leonard Rosenman (September 7, 1924 – March 4, 2008) was an Oscar and Emmy award-winning American film, television and concert composer.
Life and career
Leonard Rosenman was born in Brooklyn, New York. After service in the Pacific with the Army Air Forces in World War II, he earned a bachelor's degree in music from the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied composition with Arnold Schoenberg, Roger Sessions and Luigi Dallapiccola.
Amongst Rosenman's earliest film work was the scores for James Dean movies East of Eden (1955) and Rebel Without a Cause (1955). He went on to compose for Fantastic Voyage (1966), the first, animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (1978), Cross Creek (1983) and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). He wrote incidental music for such television series as The Defenders, The Twilight Zone, Gibbsville and Marcus Welby, M.D. He also wrote the theme and almost all of the incidental music used for the entire run of the 1960s World War II television series Combat!. In the 1970s he composed Bass Concerto Chamber Music 4 for bassist Buell Neidlinger and four string quartets with a second bass.
He died March 4, 2008, of a heart attack at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.
Leonard Rosenman earned two Academy Awards:
- Barry Lyndon (1975), for Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation (music by Handel, Schubert and others)
- Bound for Glory (1976), for Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score (the songs of Woody Guthrie)
He also received two additional Academy Award nominations:
- Cross Creek (1983), for Best Music, Original Score
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), for Best Music, Original Score
He also received two Emmy Awards:
- Sybil (1976), for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Special (Dramatic Underscore), with Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
- Friendly Fire (1979), for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special
- Leonard Rosenman at the Internet Movie Database
- Leonard Rosenman at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
- Leonard Rosenman Turns 80 — Film Music Society (September 7, 2004)
- Leonard Rosenman Remembered — Film Music Society (May 1, 2008)
- Guide to the Leonard Rosenman Papers at NYU's Fales Library