Bernstein was born in New York City, 4 April 1922.
A world-renowned, highly respected and very prolific film music composer.
What can one say about such a legend?
His incredible work has an enormous range and variety of styles.
From Trash Movies scores ("Robot Monster") in his early years, to popcorn Cinema
in the 80ths ("Ghostbusters"). He excelled in all film genres with great scores.
Elmer Bernstein is the only individual to be nominated for an Academy Award in each of the last six decades:
the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s!
In a career which spanned over fifty years, he composed music for hundreds of film and television productions.
Among them a few very famous Western Scores. "The Hallelujah Trail", "True Grit" and his most familiar score,
"The Magnificent Seven".
The original "Magnificent Seven" soundtrack had not even been issued on album when the sequel came out.
The release of "Return of the Seven" gave Elmer Bernstein the opportunity to record an entirely new
presentation of the famous music.
Elmer Bernstein died 18 August 2004, in Ojai, California.
|"Return of the Seven" - Academy AwardŽ nomination 1966 - Best Original Score.
"Until recently the Return of the Seven album has been the only recording venue for Elmer Bernstein's
memorable score. In re-recording the music, Bernstein and orchestrators Jack Hayes and Leo Shuken brought
a fuller, richer sound to the material, with plenty of reverb, making this one of the most spacious
soundtrack score albums of its kind.
Bernstein's OscarŽ nomination for Best Original Score was the only nomination won by the original movie,
and the Composer's nomination for Best Adapted Score for Return of the Seven marked one of the
only times a composer has received an Academy AwardŽ nomination for the same music in two different films!.
...this first CD release of the Return of the Seven album marks the first opportunity many will have
to hear this landmark score in all its original glory."
(Jeff Bond, "Film Score Monthly").
"...without the score, we'd have been in trouble." - Director Burt Kennedy bout the Return of the Seven Score
in his book "Hollywood Trail Boss".