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Jerry Goldsmith

February 10, 1929 - July 21, 2004
born in Los Angeles, CA, composed during the Contemporary period
Jerry Goldsmith was one of the most prolific film and television composers, with almost 200 scores to his credit, as well as being a consistent award winner in both mediums. His music is omnipresent in the American psyche, most notably in one of the creepy themes from The Twilight Zone. Unlike many film composers, he had few immediately identifiable traits; instead, he seemed to subsume his identity to that of the film and its moods. He did not, however, avoid innovation; some of his experiments with music for science fiction films, such as the adaptations of standard orchestral instruments for the score of his 1968 The Planet of the Apes, were on the leading edge of innovation when he created them.

He studied theory and composition with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and later, composing for film with Miklós Rózsa. His first job in entertainment was as a typist with CBS Television, but his talent was soon recognized, and he first wrote music for radio serials and later, the themes for several famous shows, including Perry Mason and The Man From UNCLE. 1952 saw his first film score (uncredited) for the Marilyn Monroe vehicle Don't Bother to Knock. In 1960, he began composing for Revue Studios, where he wrote the music for Lonely Are the Brave, now considered a classic score. He followed this with successes such as Stagecoach, Planet of the Apes (which he conducted while wearing one of the ape masks), Patton, Chinatown, and his first score to win an Academy Award: The Omen (1976). In 1979, he wrote his first Star Trek film score, and in 2002, he wrote another, Star Trek: Nemesis. During the '80s and '90s, he wrote for such blockbusters as the various Rambo films, Basic Instinct, L.A. Confidential, and the animated film, Mulan. ~ Anne Feeney, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Omen: The Essential Jerry Goldsmith Film Music Collection (Film Score Anthology)

Disc 1
Title: Capricorn One, Film Score
Title: Masada, Television Miniseries Score
Title: Under Fire, Film Score
Title: Basic Instinct, Film Score
Title: The Great Train Robbery, Film Score
Title: The Omen, Film Score
Title: Baby: Secret Of The Lost Legend, Film Score
Title: The Shadow, Film Score
Title: The Russia House, Film Score
Title: The Swarm, Film Score
Disc 2
Title: The Blue Max, Film Score
Title: The Boys From Brazil, Film Score
Title: First Knight, Film Score
Title: Total Recall, Film Score
Title: Powder, Film Score
Title: Macarthur, Film Score
Title: Twilight Zone, The Movie, Film Score
Title: Rambo: First Blood Part 2, Film Score
Title: Medicine Man, Film Score
Title: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Film Score
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Track List: Rudy

Title: Rudy, Film Score

1. Rudy, Film Score: Rudy (Main Title)

2. Rudy, Film Score: A Start

3. Rudy, Film Score: Waiting

4. Rudy, Film Score: Back On The Field

5. Rudy, Film Score: To Notre Dame

6. Rudy, Film Score: Tryouts

7. Rudy, Film Score: The Key

8. Rudy, Film Score: Take Us Out

9. Rudy, Film Score: The Plaque

10. Rudy, Film Score: The Final Game

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Track List: Total Recall (Film Score) [The Deluxe Edition]

Title: Total Recall, Film Score

1. Total Recall, Film Score: I. The Dream

2. Total Recall, Film Score: II. First Meeting

3. Total Recall, Film Score: III. Secret Agent

4. Total Recall, Film Score: IV. The Implant

5. Total Recall, Film Score: V. The Aftermath

6. Total Recall, Film Score: VI. For Old Times' Sake

7. Total Recall, Film Score: VII. Clever Girl

8. Total Recall, Film Score: VIII. The Johnny Cab

9. Total Recall, Film Score: IX. Howdy Stranger

10. Total Recall, Film Score: X. The Nose Job

11. Total Recall, Film Score: XI. The Space Station

12. Total Recall, Film Score: XII. A New Face

13. Total Recall, Film Score: XIII. The Mountain

14. Total Recall, Film Score: XIV. Identification

15. Total Recall, Film Score: XV. Lies

16. Total Recall, Film Score: XVI. Where Am I?

17. Total Recall, Film Score: XVII. Swallow It

18. Total Recall, Film Score: XVIII. The Big Jump

19. Total Recall, Film Score: XIX. Without Air

20. Total Recall, Film Score: XX. Remembering

21. Total Recall, Film Score: XXI. The Mutant

22. Total Recall, Film Score: XXII. The Massacre

23. Total Recall, Film Score: XXIII. Friends

24. Total Recall, Film Score: XXIV. The Treatment

25. Total Recall, Film Score: XXV. The Hologram

26. Total Recall, Film Score: XXVI. End Of A Dream

27. Total Recall, Film Score: XXVII. A New Life

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Track List: The Omen [Deluxe Edition]

Title: The Omen, Film Score

1. The Omen, Film Score: Ave Satani

2. The Omen, Film Score: On This Night

3. The Omen, Film Score: The New Ambassador

4. The Omen, Film Score: Where Is He?

5. The Omen, Film Score: I. Was There

6. The Omen, Film Score: Broken Vows

7. The Omen, Film Score: Safari Park

8. The Omen, Film Score: A Doctor, Please

9. The Omen, Film Score: The Killer Storm

10. The Omen, Film Score: The Fall

11. The Omen, Film Score: Don't Let Him

12. The Omen, Film Score: The Day He Died

13. The Omen, Film Score: The Dogs Attack

14. The Omen, Film Score: A Sad Message

15. The Omen, Film Score: Beheaded

16. The Omen, Film Score: The Bed

17. The Omen, Film Score: 666

18. The Omen, Film Score: The Demise Of Mrs. Blaylock

19. The Omen, Film Score: The Altar

Title: The Piper Dreams, Song (for The Film "The Omen," Not Used)

20. The Piper Dreams, Song (for The Film "The Omen," Not Used): The Piper Dreams

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He scored my most favorite Disney movie Mulan.
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I love the sweeping orchestral grandeur of the Voyager theme. Magnificent!

It reminds me of sitting with my father in front of the old B&W console watching Star Trek back in the 60's.
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To bold go were no men go before
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benjamincask e y 0 2
He scored rudy and chinatown
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Jerry goldsmith music relly good
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Rudy is my favorite movie. This song is the best song I listen to it when I go to sleep. It helps me so much RUDY!!!RUDY! ! ! R U D Y ! ! !
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jmusical3
Who could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one? In the film score world the question is who can beat John Williams one-on-one? I say the only one is Jerry Goldsmith!!
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I love jerry goldsmith's score for star trek
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ALRIGHT the expansion nice very nice indeed
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j.brusoe
The middle part sounds like the Magnificent Seven!
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christopher_ t o l e r
CD/DVD sv'cjc chckndnfdj
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christopher_ t o l e r
Hate u
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I could listen to this until I cüm I swear to god
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No one could have done better than Jerry Goldsmith on Star Trek, a series that I've been watching since I could remember, you brought more than taken you brought emotions and love into your work. Thank you for all of your love for music.
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Cool luv it
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Like very much
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Im a total soundtrack dork and Goldsmith is in the patheon. Like John Williams, his sound becomes the signature of the movie
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Star trek the motion picture
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Classic scores for The Sand Pebbles and Pappillon
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jdrichards61
Love this show. Grew up watching this on Netflix.
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RUDY! RUDY! RUDY!

Lol I luv that part
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Sorwy if I burst yo bubble I like this guy to but I like John Williams better STAR WARS!!
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allirog6
The invention of that signature Klingon theme for the Star Trek films and later TV will always haunt my music minded muse.
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It is so soothing for me to hear. I LOVE it so much!
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The Sand Pebbles
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djmcmb
Basic Instinct was his best.
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Where is air force one?
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This sound like Jurassic park a bit but I like it
I'm this guys son ^
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Love Jerry's depth in Rudy score! Amazing!
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Star trek scores reflect the movies perfectly, thanks Jerry!
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John Williams better not go die now...
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jjerry goldsmith kicks butt love the omen mustc
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sjackso20
From Star Trek to Rudy, Jerry captured the emotion and atmosphere of movies so well in his music. Thanks for the inspiration, Jerry. You are missed.
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Wow! He sure is underreprese n t e d here. No wonder it takes forever to actually get Jerry Goldsmith on my Jerry Goldsmith channel.
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All I have to say is two words.. Rudy! Rudy! If the score from the film doesn't uplift and inspire you, I don't know what will. Truly a classic, timeless score that will leave indelible memories every time I hear it!
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stewarthills
I agree with Jason Thomas. The music from Medicine Man is great.
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revilor007
I like the music he compose for Medicine Man...Jerry thanks for adding some bliss to this world of madness.
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If you have Patton "Cinema Classics Collections" Jerry Goldsmith does an interview which he talks about writing the theme to Patton and how he used an "old echo repeater machine" to create the reoccuring sound of the horn that previals through the film score. He also said he was pulled freom the Planet of the Apes II to do Pattonand was so happy that he got the opportunity to score the film.

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This is amazing music
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Patton...out s t a m d i n g , thrilling!
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I love it all!!!
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he is the best composer - Jerry Goldsmith
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Beautiful and relaxing!
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Listening to the music created by Jerry Goldsmiths re-creates the imagery of the movies in such a way, that even without seeing the movie, (such as Rudy), I still get the spine-tingli n g chills whenever I hear it.
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bvincent05
His work on the "Rudy" soundtrack was amazing.
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His music sets the scene, whether it is Star Trek, boldly going every where or Rudy, a boy and his dream. The music and story complement the other.
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I have listened to the Blue Max soundtrack ever since I first saw the movie way back when....
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steven.n.val e r i e 1
I think one of my favorite tracks that he wrote was "The Ghost and The Darkness." I don't think any other composer could have incorporated the various themes as well. Plus, unlike many other composers he did not have a set style. Some, like Williams or Zimmer, you can almost always pick out their songs even if you didn't know they did it.
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I just discovered that Jerry has left us and I cried! I don't know where I have been, but it is a sad day for me with this new knowledge!
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rjagain62
Jerry Goldsmith , John Barry I can never decide who's better but both have provided the soundtrack for my life.
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