Elmer Bernstein

Elmer Bernstein ( BURN-steen; April 4, 1922 – August 18, 2004) was an American composer and conductor. In a career that spanned over five decades, he composed "some of the most recognizable and memorable themes in Hollywood history", including over 150 original film scores, as well as scores for nearly 80 television productions. For his work, he received an Academy Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) and Primetime Emmy Award. He also received seven Golden Globe Awards, five Grammy Awards, and two Tony Award nominations.

He composed and arranged scores for over 100 film scores, including Sudden Fear (1952), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), The Ten Commandments (1956), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), The Magnificent Seven (1960), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The World of Henry Orient (1964), The Great Escape (1963), Hud (1963), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), True Grit (1969), My Left Foot (1989), The Grifters (1990), Cape Fear (1991), Twilight (1998), and Far from Heaven (2002). He is known for his work on the comedic films, Animal House (1978), Meatballs (1979), Airplane! (1980), The Blues Brothers (1980), Stripes (1981), Trading Places (1983), Ghostbusters (1984), Spies Like Us (1985), and Three Amigos (1986).

He also has worked on frequent collaborations with directors Martin Scorsese, Robert Mulligan, John Landis, Ivan Reitman, John Sturges, Bill Duke, George Roy Hill, Richard Fleischer, John Frankenheimer, and Henry Hathaway.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 4, 1922 (New York City), Died August 18, 2004 (Ojai)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1955 - 1957

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, composer, arranger

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 41 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 89308 2/21/1956 Man with the golden arm-Main theme Elmer Bernstein Orchestra composer, conductor  
Decca 89309 2/21/1956 Clark Street Elmer Bernstein Orchestra composer, conductor  
Decca 102744 6/24/1957 The street Elmer Bernstein composer  
Decca L 8857 12/15/1955 Clark Street: The top ; Homecoming-1 ; Antek's Elmer Bernstein composer, conductor  
Decca L 8858 12/15/1955 Zosh Elmer Bernstein composer, conductor  
Decca L 8860 12/15/1955 Frankie machine-2 Elmer Bernstein composer, conductor  
Decca L 8861 12/15/1955 The fix Elmer Bernstein composer, conductor  
Decca L 8862 12/15/1955 Molly Elmer Bernstein composer, conductor  
Decca L 8863 12/15/1955 Breakup: Flight/Louie's/Burlesque Elmer Bernstein composer, conductor  
Decca L 8864 12/15/1955 Sunday morning Elmer Bernstein composer, conductor  
Decca L 8865 12/15/1955 Desperation Elmer Bernstein composer, conductor  
Decca L 8866 12/15/1955 Audition Elmer Bernstein composer, conductor  
Decca L 8867 12/15/1955 The cure: Withdraw/Cold/Morning Elmer Bernstein composer, conductor  
Decca L 8868 12/15/1955 Finale Elmer Bernstein composer, conductor  
Decca L 9805 1/18/1957 Wild and crazy Elmer Bernstein composer, arranger  
Decca L 9806 1/18/1957 Central Park-4 A.M. Elmer Bernstein composer, arranger  
Decca L 9807 1/18/1957 Blues at five Elmer Bernstein composer, arranger  
Decca L 9808 1/18/1957 The poor people of Brazil Elmer Bernstein composer, arranger  
Decca L 9851 2/11/1957 Smooth Elmer Bernstein composer, arranger  
Decca L 9852 2/11/1957 Return of the man Elmer Bernstein composer, arranger  
Decca L 9853 2/11/1957 Exotica Elmer Bernstein composer, arranger  
Decca L 9854 2/11/1957 Just a little jazz Elmer Bernstein composer, arranger  
Decca L 10184 6/7/1957 Goodbye baby blues Elmer Bernstein composer  
Decca L 10185 6/7/1957 Hot dogs and juice Elmer Bernstein composer  
Decca L 10186 6/7/1957 Tangerine peel Elmer Bernstein composer  
(Results 1-25 of 41 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bernstein, Elmer," accessed February 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105487.

Bernstein, Elmer. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105487.

"Bernstein, Elmer." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 February 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105487

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