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Also Known As: Died: March 4, 2007
Born: September 7, 1924 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: composer, teacher, conductor, painter

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Protege of influential avant-garde composer Arnold Schoenberg who contributed his first film score to the 1955 release, "The Cobweb". Rosenman earned wide recognition for his work on Stanley Kubrick's opulent costume drama, "Barry Lyndon" (1975).

Protege of influential avant-garde composer Arnold Schoenberg who contributed his first film score to the 1955 release, "The Cobweb". Rosenman earned wide recognition for his work on Stanley Kubrick's opulent costume drama, "Barry Lyndon" (1975).

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 James Dean: A Portrait (1995) Interviewee
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Served with US Army Air Force during WWII
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Taught piano during the 1950s in NYC; one of his students was James Dean who introduced him to Elia Kazan
1955:
Film scoring debut, Kazan's "East of Eden", starring Dean
1955:
Composed first atonal score for a Hollywood commercial film, Vincente Minelli's "The Cobweb"
1955:
Reunited with Dean for "Rebel Without a Cause"
1959:
Twisted an ancient Chinese melody into a sardonic commentary on war for "Porkchop Hill"
1962:
Conductor in Rome, Italy (dates approximate)
1966:
Returned to Hollywood, writing the quirky, dreamlike score for "Fantastic Voyage", his first film project in four years
1970:
Distorted old hymns to create the unsettling brutal world of "Beneath the Planet of the Apes"; also returned for "Battle for the Planet of the Apes" (1973), the last of the series
1970:
"Scored "A Man Called Horse"
1975:
Won his first Oscar for adapting period music for Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon"
1976:
Brought home a second Oscar for "Bound for Glory" and an Emmy for "Sybil" (NBC)
1978:
Scored "The Lord of the Rings"
1979:
Received a second Emmy for "Friendly Fire" (ABC)
1983:
Earned Oscar nomination for score of "Cross Creek"
1986:
Fourth and final (to date) Oscar nomination, "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"
1990:
Scored Michael Landon's TV-movie "Where Pigeons Go to Die"
1995:
Provided music for CBS movie, "The Face on the Milk Carton"
1997:
First feature film score in six years, "Levitation"
1997:
World premiere of his Violin Concerto No 2 with the American Composers Orchestra and violinist Elmar Oliveira
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Education

University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley , California -

Notes

Rosenman has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, Orchestra of RAI, Santa Cecelia Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has taught and been a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, University of Illinois, University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, University of Massachusettes, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Claremont College, Harvard University, New School in New York and Yale University.

Awarded an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by John F Kennedy University, Orinda, CA

On why James Dean picked him as a piano teacher: "I think what he really wanted was to get close to me. For some reason he just admired me enormously. He treated me almost like I was his father, even though I was only a few years older than he was. I remember one time he said, 'Let's go out and play some basketball.' I said, 'I'm writing.' He kept saying, 'Let's go out and play basketball.' I asked him why he wanted me to play basketball with him so badly. He said, 'You know, it's like when you really want your father to play ball with you.' I said. 'I'm not your father. Your father is still alive. Why don't you call your father?' If I read a book on philosophy, he'd carry the book around and make people believe he was reading it. It was sweet, because at the time all the admiration he was getting from the public was for the things he didn't like about himself. He really wanted to be an intellectual." --Leonard Rosenman to Time Out New York, May 8-15, 1997.

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