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Oscar-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith has written scores and themes for well over 250 films and TV shows. His work has been thrilling fans for nearly fifty years. Widely acknowledged by his colleagues as a master of his art, Goldsmith has received (in addition to the Oscar for his score to The Omen in 1976) five Emmy Awards, nine Golden Globe nominations, and seventeen additional Academy Award nominations.
Goldsmith was born in Los Angeles in 1929, and began studying music at an early age with Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He later took classes from another composer famed for his work in film, Miklos Rosza. Goldsmith's Hollywood composing career began in television in the 1950s. Working in the Music Department of CBS, he began by composing, conducting, and playing keyboards for live broadcasts of such shows as General Electric Theater, Studio One, and Playhouse 90. For the baby boom generation, Goldsmith's distinctive themes remain inextricably linked to some of television's most popular and long-running shows. Included on this lively and entertaining compilation recording is a medley of themes from The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; Dr. Kildare; Room 222; Star Trek: Voyager; The Waltons; and Barnaby Jones.
When Goldsmith left CBS in 1960, he had established a new direction for his career with his first feature film score, Black Patch (1957). Thereafter, although he continued to write for television, his work in film music became the main focus for his creative output. On this recording, Goldsmith conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in themes from some of the biggest hits for the silver screen, including Star Trek: The Motion Picture; The Russia House; The Boys from Brazil; Rudy; Sleeping with the Enemy; Twilight Zone: The Motion Picture; and Forever Young; as well as the themes from Patton and MacArthur. Also featured is a motion picture medley with music from The Sand Pebbles; Chinatown; Air Force One; A Patch of Blue; Poltergeist; Papillon; Basic Instinct; and The Wind and the Lion.
Goldsmith has received lifetime honors from the National Film Society, the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers, Film Music Society, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Film Festival, and many others. In 1998, he composed the Fanfare for Oscar at the invitation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.