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Jerry Goldsmith (1929–2004)

Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk typist in the music department at CBS. There, he was ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 30 wins & 64 nominations. See more awards »

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In Sarah Brightman's music CD "Time to Say Goodbye", one song (second track) is composed by Jerry Goldsmith. See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Interview | 14 Articles | See more »

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Jerrald K. Goldsmith | Jerrald Goldsmith | Michael Hennagin

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When I get a fantasy film job, the first thing I look for is the non-fantasy element to build the music upon. The human side of the film is what's important, not the hardware. My work on 'Poltergeist' is a perfect example. Most people saw it as a ghost story and a horror story. I saw it as a love story and wrote the music with that emotion in mind. There is no formula to finding what musically ... See more »


Wrote the current Universal Pictures logo theme used since 1997. See more »


Best known for composing the music for the Star Trek franchise See more »

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