Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
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R.I.P. film composer Leonard Rosenman

Film composer Leonard Rosenman has passed away.

He was around from the Fifties (scoring both Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden, which starred his friend James Dean) to this decade, writing often very modernistic and aggressive film scores. I most recently ran into his music at the Super Trash Film Festival, waiting for RoboCop 2 to finish and for Big Trouble in Little China to start; I liked the finale music that I heard, because it had kind of a bright urgency (though whoever told him to have a female chorus singing "Ro-Bo-Cop" in the end credits, um, should not have told him so). I always found Rosenman's score for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home to be uneven, but the film's opening fanfare would give me chills, and he managed to write some of the most unsettling, "Oh no"-causing music that's been in Star Trek films.

Rosenman's credits also include Fantastic Voyage, the fantastically bleak Beneath the Planet of the Apes and Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon.
Tags: music, star trek
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