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Michael Kamen

April 15, 1948 - November 18, 2003
born in New York, NY, composed during the Contemporary period
Michael Kamen was a composer of film music, but his activities also included rock and classical performance, arranging of both classical and pop music, and composition of ballet scores.

He grew up playing the oboe. His family was highly supportive of his wish to become a musician, and in his upbringing he absorbed both folk music and classical music, as well as the ubiquitous rock 'n roll.

When he entered the Juilliard School of Music, he, like many music students, was single-mindedly concerned with the technique of his instrument, the oboe. He later urged his music students not to be so narrowly intense on a single facet of music, and joked that he flunked the mandatory piano class because he could not bring himself to practice anything but oboe. He played folk music in a jug band, but credited rock music with freeing him from the obsessive concentration on specializing on oboe. He formed The New York Rock and Roll Ensemble, a pioneer of rock/classical fusion long before there was such a name. This led him to think more about composing music, which required him to broaden the scope of his musical studies. The ensemble recorded five albums and came to the attention of Leonard Bernstein, who booked it for one of his nationally televised Young People's Concerts of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Bernstein, Kamen said, introduced him to scoring for symphony orchestra.

Kamen was also an experienced session musician, known by several rock and popular acts by the time the Ensemble broke up in 1972. After successfully writing a ballet score, Rodin Mis en Vie, for the Harkness Ballet in 1973, Kamen went on tour with David Bowie as musical director of the rock star's Diamond Dogs tour. Kamen continued to have an interest in ballet music, composing a total of ten of them by 2000. He wrote his first film score in 1976, but during that decade primarily worked as a session musician, producer, and arranger for such groups and artists as Queen, Eurythmics, Metallica, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Bowie, and Eric Clapton. In 1979, he collaborated with Pink Floyd to create the classic rock album The Wall.

This led to increased film work. The movie that brought him to wide attention was Terry Gilliam's wildly inventive Brazil (1983). Since that film, he went on to score over 70 more. These include all the Die Hard and Lethal Weapons movies, Highlander, The Iron Giant, What Dreams May Come, Don Juan de Marco, X-Men, 101 Dalmations, Edge of Darkness, and Mr. Holland's Opus. Along with Richard Dreyfus, who portrayed music teacher Holland in that film, Kamen set up the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation dedicated to providing musical instruments for talented poor children. He also expanded and recorded the necessarily brief bit of music meant to portray Holland's long-delayed work into a Mr. Holland's Symphony.

His music frequently synthesized various musical genres and music from various cultures. He wrote music for the Kodo Drummers of Japan and an overture for 200 Buddhist monks, a concert (called "S & M") for symphony orchestra and the rock group Metallica (the recording of which went multi-platinum). He was nominated three times for Academy Awards and a like number of times for Golden Globes for Best Original Song in a movie.

He was chosen by the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. to write their work in commemoration of the turn of the calendar in the form of a Millennium Symphony called The Old Moon in the New Moon's Arms. ~ Joseph Stevenson, Rovi
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brettidwell
Band of brothers is amasing and the music is mind blowin
I watch doctor who.
*hood
Isn't his song from Robin Hid Prince of Thieves what Disney uses at the beginning of all their movies? Why?
love this show
So sad that he past away so early... Brilliant man with a huge heart.
jluoma30
Exceptional series and music, I wonder if he also did "From the Earth to the Moon" with Tom Hanks, another exceptional series w/a great score.
The show is also very touching.
I love his compositions . He was taken from us way too soon.
Love him!
Thank you Mic!! What a nice, intelligent guy!! Creative pieces & lyrics!! Love it!
Man, extremely, brilliantly, crazily, gorgeously, wildly beautiful!!!
For God so loved the world he gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life
Such a sad theme. I love that show
Maaan I reaally loved this show! Still do !!
On the nearest Friday you will be kissed by the love your life. Tomorrow will be the greatest day of your life. But, if you do not put this message on three songs you will die in two days. Put this message on five messages within the next 143 mins., and you can press f6 and your love's name will pop up.
The man who inspired the series were like so many other men once: at one time, young, carefree, with the prospect of a long life ahead. Then, war intervened. This soundtrack magnificentl y portrays that. RIP, Michael Kamen.
That's so sad that he died. He really wasn't very old. :(
Thats so sad that he dies. He really wasn't very old. :(
Thats so sad that he dies. He really wasn't very old. :(
That's so sad that he died. He really wasn't very old. :(
RIP Michael, you were awesome.
Hymn like, pastoral.
afrolady72
never knew all of the the films and artists he worked with. I remember hearing about the Mr. Holland tribute... but never knew Kaman was a part of it!
exet1r
Was Michael a member of the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble?
I actually bought their album...way back in the day. It was unique.
Michael Kamen was an amazing talent. Growing up, I was a fan of the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble. I also think Band of Brothers is one of the best scores ever written. I was so proud to learn that he is also a graduate of the High School of Music & Art...though a handful of years before me. I wish I had gotten the opportunity to tell him how much his music means to me.
Kamen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997. He died in London from a heart attack in 2003,<4> at the age of 55.
wait what happend to him?
lathropevere t t
God bless you Michael Kamen, you are missed!
Beautiful... . .
pretty neat ... didn't know he was the one that composed Band of Brothers..
What a loss for music... Good thing his work will always be with us. Be sure to listen to "Concert for Saxophone with David Sanborn". It is a great CD!
cubeark
One of my personal favorites. He worked with both Pink Floyd and Metallica, two of the biggest bands in history! Listen to the symphony parts on The Wall, truly fantastic
sick flow
avmechanic
makes my skin tingle
popseq
fantastic music!
Hate to see him on a bad hair day.

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