May 29, 2008
Alexander Courage, composer of the original Star Trek theme and an Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated arranger for TV and movies, died May 15 at the Sunrise assisted-living facility in Pacific Palisades, California. He was 88 and had been in declining health since 2005. Read more at The Film Music Society.
March 4, 2008
Film and television composer Leonard Rosenman, who won two Oscars and two Emmys during his 50-year Hollywood career, died Tuesday. He was 83. Rosenman died of a heart attack at his home at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital, said family friend Jon Burlingame. A New York native, Rosenman was a concert composer when his friend James Dean introduced him to director Elia Kazan. Kazan asked the composer to write the score for "East of Eden," thus beginning Rosenman's film career. He went on to score dozens of films and television shows. Rosenman won back-to-back Academy Awards in 1975 and '76 for his work on "Barry Lyndon" and "Bound for Glory." He was nominated twice more for his original scores for "Cross Creek" in 1983 and "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" in 1986. He also won Emmy Awards for his TV-movie scores for "Sybil" in 1976 and "Friendly Fire" in 1979. Rosenman was survived by his wife, Judie Gregg Rosenman, three children and four grandchildren. - The Associated Press