Leonard Rosenman


Composer

About

Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
September 07, 1924
Died
March 04, 2007
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Leonard Rosenman made quite a career for himself as an Academy Award-winning musician. Rosenman began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the dramatic adaptation "East of Eden" (1955) with Julie Harris, "The Cobweb" (1955) with Richard Widmark and the drama "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) with James Dean. His music also appeared in the Alan Ladd adaptation "T...

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

Biography

Leonard Rosenman made quite a career for himself as an Academy Award-winning musician. Rosenman began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the dramatic adaptation "East of Eden" (1955) with Julie Harris, "The Cobweb" (1955) with Richard Widmark and the drama "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) with James Dean. His music also appeared in the Alan Ladd adaptation "The Big Land" (1957), the James MacArthur dramatic adaptation "The Young Stranger" (1957) and the Natalie Wood romance "Bombers B-52" (1957). In the seventies, Rosenman's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like the crime feature "The Todd Killings" (1971) with Robert F Lyons and "Battle For the Planet of the Apes" (1973). Rosenman won an Academy Award for "Barry Lyndon" in 1975 Rosenman's music was also featured in the dramatic adaptation "Promises in the Dark" (1979) with Marsha Mason, the sci-fi feature "Prophecy" (1979) with Talia Shire and the James Caan drama "Hide in Plain Sight" (1980). His music was also featured in the Neil Diamond adaptation "The Jazz Singer" (1980) and the drama "Making Love" (1982) with Michael Ontkean. Rosenman was most recently credited in the Ben Affleck blockbuster dramatic adaptation "Argo" (2012). Rosenman was married to Kay Scott. Rosenman passed away in March 2007 at the age of 83.

Filmography

 

Music (Feature Film)

La La Land (2016)
Song
Argo (2012)
Song
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
Music Arranger
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
Music Conductor
Jurij (2001)
Music
Levitation (1997)
Music
Mrs. Munck (1996)
Music
The Face on the Milk Carton (1995)
Music
Keeper of the City (1992)
Music
Ambition (1991)
Music
Aftermath: A Test of Love (1991)
Music
The Color of Evening (1991)
Music
Where Pigeons Go to Die (1990)
Music
Robocop 2 (1990)
Music
Promised a Miracle (1988)
Music
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Music
Sylvia (1985)
Music
First Steps (1985)
Music
Heart of the Stag (1984)
Music
The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. (1984)
Music
Heartsounds (1984)
Music
Cross Creek (1983)
Music
The Wall (1982)
Music
Making Love (1982)
Music
Hide In Plain Sight (1980)
Music
The Jazz Singer (1980)
Music
City in Fear (1980)
Music
Promises In The Dark (1979)
Music
Nero Wolfe (1979)
Music
Friendly Fire (1979)
Music
Prophecy (1979)
Music
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Song
An Enemy Of The People (1978)
Music
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Music
The Other Side of Hell (1978)
Music
9/30/55 (1977)
Music
The Possessed (1977)
Music
Mary White (1977)
Music
The Car (1977)
Music
Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976)
Music Conductor
Bound for Glory (1976)
Music Supervisor
Kingston: The Power Play (1976)
Music
Birch Interval (1976)
Music
Lanigan's Rabbi (1976)
Music
Sky Hei$t (1975)
Music
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Music Supervisor
The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant (1975)
Music
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Music
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Music Conductor
Race With The Devil (1975)
Music
The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)
Music
Nakia (1974)
Music
Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders (1974)
Music
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Music
The Cat Creature (1973)
Music
Irish Whiskey Rebellion (1972)
Music Score
The Bravos (1972)
Music
The Todd Killings (1971)
Music
Banyon (1971)
Music
In Broad Daylight (1971)
Music
A Man Called Horse (1970)
Music
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Music
This Savage Land (1969)
Music
Countdown (1968)
Music comp & Conductor
Hellfighters (1968)
Music
A Covenant With Death (1967)
Music comp & Conductor
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Music
Hell Is for Heroes (1962)
Music
Convicts 4 (1962)
Music comp & Conductor
The Chapman Report (1962)
Music
The Outsider (1961)
Music comp & Conductor
The Plunderers (1960)
Music Composition and Conducting
The Savage Eye (1960)
Music Composition and Conducting
The Bramble Bush (1960)
Music Composition and Conducting
The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)
Music
The Crowded Sky (1960)
Music
Pork Chop Hill (1959)
Music Composition and Conducting
Lafayette Escadrille (1958)
Music
Bombers B-52 (1957)
Music
Edge of the City (1957)
Music Composition and Conducting
The Young Stranger (1957)
Music Composition and Conducting
The Big Land (1957)
Composer
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Music
The Cobweb (1955)
Music
East of Eden (1955)
Music

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Telephone (1988)
Assistant

Cast (Special)

The Hollywood Soundtrack Story (1995)
James Dean: A Portrait (1995)

Music (Special)

Charlton Heston Presents The Bible (1992)
Music Arranger
Charlton Heston Presents The Bible (1992)
Music
Miss Lonelyhearts (1983)
Music
Joshua's World (1980)
Music

Music (TV Mini-Series)

Celebrity (1984)
Music
Murder In Texas (1981)
Music
Sybil (1976)
Music
Vanished (1971)
Music

Life Events

1955

Film scoring debut, Kazan's "East of Eden", starring Dean

1955

Composed the first atonal score for a Hollywood commercial film, Vincente Minelli's "The Cobweb"

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 an 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 the 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

Videos

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Big Land, The (1957) -- I Leaned On A Man With a vocal from Tommy Dorsey singer Bonnie Lou Williams, who often dubbed for Virginia Mayo, as Helen, sister of drying-out architect Jagger (Edmond O’Brien), with his new pal Texas cattleman Morgan (Alan Ladd) making a pitch to her railroad-man fiancè (Don Castle) in a Kansas City saloon, villain Brog (Anthony Caruso) watching, song by Leonard Rosenman and Wayne Shanklin, in The Big Land, 1957.
Lord Of The Rings, The (1978) - In The Early Years Of The Second Age Narration by Fraser Kerr, the script adapted by Chris Conkling and Peter S. Beagle, not altogether faithful but working from the first two books of the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, Peter Woodthorpe the voice of Smeagol, who becomes Gollum, in director Ralph Bakshi’s animated version of The Lord Of The Rings, 1978.
Lord Of The Rings, The (1978) - Have You Left The Ring For Frodo? Following the prologue, we meet hobbit Bilbo Baggins (voice by Norman Bird), visited by wizard Gandalf (voice by William Squire), who has instructions about the “master” ring that once belonged to the “dark lord,” in director Ralph Bakshi’s hit 1978 animated version of The Lord Of The Rings, 1978.
Lord Of The Rings, The (1978) - There Is A Third Choice Wizard Gandalf (voice by William Squire) visits Saruman (by Fraser Kerr), whom he calls the “head of my order,” to discuss his discovery of the “One Ring,” and how to deal with the rising “dark lord” Sauron, in director Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 animated version of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord Of The Rings.
Enemy Of The People, An (1978) - Something You're Keeping From Me? Some exposition but more about the relationship between Steve McQueen, as Dr. Stockmann, and Charles Durning as his brother the mayor, moving toward their dispute over the lucrative hot spring resort in their 19th century Norwegian town, in An Enemy Of The People, 1978, from the Henrik Ibsen play.
Enemy Of The People, An (1978) - So Much Hypocrisy Dinner at the home of Dr. Stockmann (Steve McQueen), Bibi Andersson his wife, Robin Pearson Rose his daughter, Michael Cristofer, Michael Higgins and Richard Bradford his guests, sharing news of trouble with their Norwegian town’s main attraction, in An Enemy Of The People, based on the Henrik Ibsen play.
Enemy Of The People, An (1978) - We Don't Like Troublemakers Dr. Stockmann (Steve McQueen), with wife (Bibi Andersson) and kids, finds that the town assembly, where he plans to prove the local spa is unsafe, is being hijacked by his brother, the mayor (Charles Durning) and organizer Aslaksen (Richard Dysart), in An Enemy Of The People, 1978.

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Bibliography

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.