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William Kraft (I) (1923–2022)

Composer, conductor, noted percussionist and teacher, educated at Columbia University (Bachelor/Master of Arts, Seidl Fellowship), and a student of Otto Luening, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Jack Beeson and Henry Cowell, and also with Boris Orr at Cambridge University in England. He organized and directed the Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble, and he was ... See full bio »

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Known For

Dead Again Music Department
Carlito's Way Music Department
Avalanche Composer
Psychic Killer Music Department


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 1993 Carlito's Way (conductor)
 1992 Indochine (conductor - as William Craft)
 1991 Dead Again (conductor)
 1983 Fire and Ice (composer and conductor)
  The Chisholms (TV Series) (additional original music - 6 episodes, 1980) (music adaptation - 6 episodes, 1980)
- The Siren Song (1980) ... (additional original music) / (music adaptation)
- Chains (1980) ... (additional original music) / (music adaptation)
- The Suitor (1980) ... (additional original music) / (music adaptation)
- The Promised Land (1980) ... (additional original music) / (music adaptation)
- Vengeance (1980) ... (additional original music) / (music adaptation)
 1979 The Great Santini (musician: percussion - uncredited)
 1975 Psychic Killer (conductor)
 1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (musician: percussion - uncredited)
 1970 A Man Called Horse (musician: percussion - uncredited)
 1967 The War Wagon (musician: drums, percussion - uncredited)
 1965 Inside Daisy Clover (musician: drums - uncredited)
 1965 None But the Brave (musician: drums - uncredited)
 1964 Invitation to a Gunfighter (musician: percussion - uncredited)
 1963 Hud (composer: trailer - uncredited)
 1962 Pressure Point (musician: percussion - uncredited)
 1962 Hell Is for Heroes (musician: percussion - uncredited)
 1962 The Cabinet of Caligari (musician: percussion - uncredited)
 1962 The Counterfeit Traitor (musician: drums - uncredited)
 1962 My Geisha (musician: tympani - uncredited)
 1959 Cast a Long Shadow (musician: drums - uncredited)
 1959 North by Northwest (musician: drums, percussion - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Works: "Silent Boughs" (song cycle: Marilyn Horne commission under the auspices of the US State Department); "Concerto Grosso"; "Concerto for Four Percussion Soloists and Orchestra"; "Suite for Percussion"; "Nonet for Brass and Percussion".

Alternate Names:

William Craft


Barbara Kraft  (divorced)  (2 children) | See more »

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Composition with Jack Beeson and Henry Cowell, orchestration with Henry Brant, percussion with Morris Goldenberg, timpani with Saul Goodman, and conducting with Rudolph Thomas and Fritz Zweig were among his studies. See more »

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