born on 7/9/1924 in Brooklyn, NY, United States
died on 4/3/2008 in Woodland Hills, CA, United States
Leonard Rosenman (September 7, 1924 March 4, 2008) was an American film, television and concert composer.
Life and career
Leonard Rosenman was born in Brooklyn, New York. After service in the Pacific with the Army Air Forces in World War II, he earned a bachelor's degree in music from the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied composition with Arnold Schoenberg, Roger Sessions and Luigi Dallapiccola.
Rosenman composed the scores for such films as East of Eden (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Fantastic Voyage (1966), The Lord of the Rings (1978), Cross Creek (1983) and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). He wrote incidental music for such television series as The Defenders, The Twilight Zone, Gibbsville and Marcus Welby M.D. He also wrote the theme and almost all of the incidental music used for the entire run of the 1960s World War II television series Combat!. In the 1970's he composed Bass Concerto Chamber Music 4 for bassist Buell Neidlinger and four string quartets with a 2nd bass.
In his 70s Rosenman was diagnosed with Frontotemporal dementia, a degenerative brain condition with symptoms similar to Alzheimer's disease.
He died March 4, 2008, of a heart attack at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.
Leonard Rosenman earned two Academy Awards:
- Barry Lyndon (1975), for Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation (music by Handel, Schubert and others)
- Bound for Glory (1976), for Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score (the songs of Woody Guthrie)
He also received two Emmy Awards:
- Sybil (1976), for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Special (Dramatic Underscore), with Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
- Friendly Fire (1979), for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special
- Fox, Margalit. "Leonard Roseman, 83, Composer for Films." The New York Times, Thursday, March 6, 2008
- Variety . Accessed on 4 March 2008.
- Leonard Rosenman at the Internet Movie Database
- Leonard Rosenman article at Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki
- Leonard Rosenman Turns 80 Film Music Society (September 7, 2004)
- Leonard Rosenman Remembered Film Music Society (May 1, 2008)
- Leonard Rosenman at Movie Music UK