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Qui-Gon Joe Nov 9, 2006

One of the saddest news items to me today... composer Basil Poledouris has passed away, losing a battle with cancer.  I'd never read that he was even in poor health, but it explains why he's been so out of the picture in recent times.  I'm really quite sad about this - he was one of my absolute favorite film composers, and I always used to say when I was planning on trying to get into film that there's nobody I'd rather have do music for me than him.  My thoughts and prayers go to his family.  sad

http://www.basil-poledouris.com/

Jon Turner Nov 9, 2006

Qui-Gon Joe wrote:

One of the saddest news items to me today... composer Basil Poledouris has passed away, losing a battle with cancer.  I'd never read that he was even in poor health, but it explains why he's been so out of the picture in recent times.  I'm really quite sad about this - he was one of my absolute favorite film composers, and I always used to say when I was planning on trying to get into film that there's nobody I'd rather have do music for me than him.  My thoughts and prayers go to his family.  sad

http://www.basil-poledouris.com/

Wow, that's sad news.  He has contributed to many classic scores--one of which I am fortunate to own:  Conan the Barbarian.  The film as a whole was a run-of-the-mill fantasy flick in general, but his score was absolutely brilliant.

That we've lost another musical genius is saddening.  My condolences to his family and friends.

-Jon T.

Megavolt Nov 10, 2006

I don't think I could imagine the score to Conan the Barbarian being used for another movie.  It has so many moments where the cinematography and the music tell the story without words.  That being said, it may be my all time favorite movie score.

This is sad news indeed.  He will be missed.

JasonMalice Nov 15, 2006

Megavolt wrote:

I don't think I could imagine the score to Conan the Barbarian being used for another movie.

Except for the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time commerical...

Megavolt Nov 15, 2006

Really?  Either I missed that one or I hadn't heard the score in a long time when it came out.  Do you have a link to the commercial?

Ramza Nov 29, 2006

Ahh, the "Willst Thou Suck" commercial. I always wondered where the song behind that commercial came from. Now I know.

I noticed on his site that he scored the opening ceremony music for the '96 Olympic Games. That's a pretty hip accomplishment.

Sad indeed.

Ramza

Xenogears Omni Feb 26, 2007

Jerry Goldsmith, Michael Kamen, Elmer Bernstein, Basil Poledouris, David Raskin (an old time classic composer from the Golden Age. Trust me on this one) ...What a wretched couple of years or so for film music it has been with these kinds of critical and irreplaceable losses.

avatar! Feb 26, 2007

Xenogears Omni wrote:

Jerry Goldsmith, Michael Kamen, Elmer Bernstein, Basil Poledouris, David Raskin (an old time classic composer from the Golden Age. Trust me on this one) ...What a wretched couple of years or so for film music it has been with these kinds of critical and irreplaceable losses.

I agree... that list is full of wonderful composers who will never be replaced, but they certainly will be remembered and listened to! I'm certain they'll influence many future composers...

Quick note, you mean David Raksin, not "Raskin" smile

cheers,

-avatar!

Xenogears Omni Feb 27, 2007

avatar! wrote:
Xenogears Omni wrote:

Jerry Goldsmith, Michael Kamen, Elmer Bernstein, Basil Poledouris, David Raskin (an old time classic composer from the Golden Age. Trust me on this one) ...What a wretched couple of years or so for film music it has been with these kinds of critical and irreplaceable losses.

I agree... that list is full of wonderful composers who will never be replaced, but they certainly will be remembered and listened to! I'm certain they'll influence many future composers...

Quick note, you mean David Raksin, not "Raskin" smile

cheers,

-avatar!

Yup. Typed too fast. smile

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