The Music of Elmer Bernstein
Thu, 27 Jul 2017

Last time we looked at famous American composer, conductor, and educator Leonard Bernstein. Many believe he was related to composer Elmer Bernstein (1922–2004) but in fact, the two were good friends, but no relation. 

Elmer Bernstein was a child prodigy, first coming to music through the piano. He studied at Juilliard where he pursued both piano and composition studies. Though he hoped to develop a career as a concert pianist, his dreams were interrupted with the onset of WWII. During the war, he was able to keep himself in the music world by assisting in the arrangement of American songs for Glenn Miller and the Air Force Band. He also did work for the Armed Forces Radio programs, which developed his passion for composition.

Following the war, Bernstein received an invitation to go to Hollywood and write for film. Some of the films you may know him for are The Ten Commandments (1956), The Magnificent Seven (1960), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), and The Great Escape (1963). He even won an Oscar for his work as music director for Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967).

What’s your favorite Elmer Bernstein score?


More from Clef Notes:

Rebecca Clarke
Tue, 19 Sep 2017

The Wreckers
Thu, 14 Sep 2017

Ethel Smyth
Tue, 12 Sep 2017

Amy Beach's Gaelic Symphony
Thu, 07 Sep 2017

Happy Birthday Amy Beach!
Tue, 05 Sep 2017

What is your favorite era for the symphony?
Thu, 31 Aug 2017

William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony
Tue, 29 Aug 2017

The Romantic Era Symphony
Thu, 24 Aug 2017

Beethoven's Pivotal Ninth Symphony
Tue, 22 Aug 2017

A Symphony by Mozart
Thu, 17 Aug 2017

Haydn and his Surprises!
Tue, 15 Aug 2017

Stamitz and the Mannheim Orchestra
Fri, 11 Aug 2017

A Symphony by Sammartini
Wed, 09 Aug 2017

The Early Symphony
Mon, 07 Aug 2017

Music by Danny Elfman
Thu, 03 Aug 2017

William Schuman's New England Triptych
Tue, 01 Aug 2017

The Music of Elmer Bernstein
Thu, 27 Jul 2017

Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story
Tue, 25 Jul 2017

Eric Whitacre and Goodnight Moon
Thu, 20 Jul 2017

The Music of Samuel Barber
Tue, 18 Jul 2017