Michael Small

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Michael Small
Born(1939-05-30)May 30, 1939
DiedNovember 24, 2003(2003-11-24) (aged 64)
OccupationFilm score composer
Years active1969–2003
Spouse(s)Lynn Goldberg

Michael Small (May 30, 1939 – November 24, 2003) was an American film score composer known for his scores to the movies Klute, The Parallax View, Marathon Man, and The Star Chamber.

Personal life[edit]

Small was born in New York City but grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey. His father, Jack Small, was an actor and later, the general manager of the Shubert Theater in New York City. Small did his undergraduate work at Williams College where he was graduated with a degree in English. He later studied for a year at Harvard University.

Small died from prostate cancer on November 24, 2003; he was 64 years old.


Year Film Director Notes
1969 Out of It Paul Williams
1970 Jenny George Bloomfield
Light Paul Cohen
The Revolutionary Paul Williams
Puzzle of a Downfall Child Jerry Schatzberg
1971 The Sporting Club Larry Peerce soundtrack Buddah Records BDS 95002
Klute Alan J. Pakula soundtrack Film Score Monthly FSM1016[1]
1972 Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues Paul Williams soundtrack Warner Bros. 7557 (7" promo)
Child's Play Sidney Lumet
1973 Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing Alan J. Pakula
Portrait of a Railroad Harvey Lloyd soundtrack Atco Records 23898
1974 The Parallax View Alan J. Pakula soundtrack Film Score Monthly FSM1305
1975 The Stepford Wives Bryan Forbes
Night Moves Arthur Penn
The Drowning Pool Stuart Rosenberg
1976 Marathon Man John Schlesinger soundtrack Film Score Monthly FSM1305
1977 Pumping Iron George Butler
Robert Fiore
Audrey Rose Robert Wise
1978 The Driver Walter Hill soundtrack Intrada Special Collection 33
Girlfriends Claudia Weill
Comes a Horseman Alan J. Pakula soundtrack Intrada Special Collection 61[2]
1979 The China Syndrome James Bridges unused score Intrada Special Collection 110
Going in Style Martin Brest
1980 The Lathe of Heaven (TV) Fred Barzyk
David Loxton
The Boy Who Drank Too Much (TV) Jerrold Freedman
Those Lips, Those Eyes Michael Pressman
1981 The Postman Always Rings Twice Bob Rafelson
Continental Divide Michael Apted
Rollover Alan J. Pakula
1982 La donna giusta Paul Williams
1983 The Star Chamber Peter Hyams soundtrack Intrada Special Collection 33
Chiefs (TV miniseries) Jerry London
1984 Kidco Ronald F. Maxwell soundtrack Intrada Signature Edition ISE1044
Firstborn Michael Apted
1985 Target Arthur Penn
1986 Dream Lover Alan J. Pakula
Nobody's Child Lee Grant
Brighton Beach Memoirs Gene Saks soundtrack MCA Records MCA-6193
1987 Black Widow Bob Rafelson soundtrack Intrada Special Collection 29[3]
Jaws: The Revenge Joseph Sargent soundtrack Intrada Special Collection MSML 1001
Orphans Alan J. Pakula
Heat and Sunlight Rob Nilsson
1988 1969 Ernest Thompson
1989 See You in the Morning Alan J. Pakula
1990 Mountains of the Moon Bob Rafelson soundtrack Polydor Records 843 013-2[4]
American Dream Barbara Kopple
1991 Mobsters Michael Karbelnikoff soundtrack Varèse Sarabande VSD5334
1992 Consenting Adults Alan J. Pakula soundtrack Milan Records 35630
1993 Alex Haley's Queen (TV) John Erman
1994 Wagons East Peter Markle soundtrack Varèse Sarabande VSD5533
1998 Poodle Springs (TV) Bob Rafelson
Into My Heart Sean Smith
Anthony Stark
1999 American Masters
"Norman Rockwell: Painting America" (TV)
Elena Mannes
2000 The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (TV) Paul Monash
The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition George Butler
2001 Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific (TV) Richard Pearce original music
2001–2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery (TV series) Timothy Hutton
John L'Ecuyer
George Bloomfield
Neill Fearnley
Michael Jaffe
John R. Pepper
James Tolkan
Holly Dale


  1. ^ Review, Klute soundtrack; Larson, Randall D., originally published online at buysoundtrax.com in "Soundtrax" for January 1, 2008, posted at Soundtrack: The CinemaScore and Soundtrack Archives
  2. ^ Review, Comes a Horseman soundtrack; Ankeny, Jason, Allmusic
  3. ^ Review, Black Widow soundtrack; Larson, Randall D., originally published online at mania.com in "Soundtrax" for March 16, 2006, posted at Soundtrack: The CinemaScore and Soundtrack Archives
  4. ^ Review, Mountains of the Moon soundtrack; Larson, Randall D., originally published in Soundtrack Magazine (volume 9, number 35, 1990), posted at Soundtrack: The CinemaScore and Soundtrack Archives

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