Composer of the Week: Jerry GoldsmithJerry Goldsmith was born in Los Angeles, California in 1929. He started playing piano at age 6, and started taking serious private piano lessons at age 13. He also studied music composition under an Italian composer who had worked with John Williams and Henry Mancini. In 1945, he decided he wanted to be a film composer. He attended USC and Los Angeles City College.
Goldsmith started working for CBS Radio in the 1950’s as a composer and clerk. He eventually moved into TV composing, and then movies. He found success fairly quickly, getting nominated for an Academy Award in 1962 for his work on the movie Freud. Though he didn’t win that year, he became a sought-after composer for years to come.Goldsmith wrote the music for the original Planet of the Apes, Patton, The Godfather Part II, Alien, The Wind and the Lion, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis and the TV series Star Trek: Voyager. He also composed the music for Rudy, Air Force One, First Knight, The Mummy, U.S. Marshalls, as well as the music for the Disney attraction, Soarin’.Jerry Goldsmith was married twice and had several children. He died of cancer in 2004. His son Joel Goldmsith is a successful film composer today.Goldsmith as a young man
Map of Los Angeles, California
The Music of Jerry Goldsmith