Elmer Bernstein's Impact On Music And Music

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Elmer Bernstein was a composer best known for his many soundtracks displayed in movies. Bernstein began his career at a young age and continued composing for five decades. He is praised for his many contributions to the film industry with his “golden touch”. His impact on music is still felt today, and he will always be mourned by friends, family, and especially moviemakers. It is common for artists to be pigeonholed as a composer for just one category, but Elmer refused to accept just one label and decided to wear them all. Bernstein composed for westerns, epics, comedies, and intimate dramas. Every moment in Elmer’s life molded him into a remembered well rounded composer and aspects such as his family, education, and work sent Elmer to…show more content…
He soon transitioned to Westerns and dramas that set his reputation as a master of “musical Americana” in stone. He worked around the clock on scores for movies such as “Sweet Smell of Success” (1957), “The Magnificent Seven” (1960), “Walk on the Wild Side” (1962), “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962), “The Great Escape” (1963), “Airplane!” (1980), “Stripes” (1981), and “Ghostbusters” (1984). Apart from playing the piano and composing scores, Bernstein was an active leader in show business and took on roles such as vice president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, president of the Young Musicians Foundation, president of The Film Music Society, and president of the now-inoperative Composers and Lyricists Guild of America during the 1970s. He touched the lives of composers and filmmakers through his works and his active participation with…show more content…
Elmer won one Academy Award and was nominated for 14, one Emmy Award and was nominated for two, two Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for three, one Downbeat Award, two Western Heritage Awards, and was nominated for five Grammy Awards and two Tony Awards. He composed over 200 film scores for 51 different movies. His vigorous work earned him the title of “a Composer of Scores Capable of Outshining their films” by The New York Times. He is known for his versatile nature and love of diversity. He told Time’s Barbara Isenberg, “I rarely do anything at the same time each day, simply because anything you do routinely cannot possibly be fresh. I think a life with change in it keeps you young.” Bernstein was wise, but had a young heart filled with energy and optimism that is missed dearly by filmmakers and enthusiasts across not only America, but the

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