So back in January in my Looking at 2014 post, I mentioned that I had not written nearly enough posts about film composer Jerry Goldsmith on my blog, and that I needed to rectify that. So I figured now would be a good time to post some short blogs about my favorite film composer.
I’ve already posted a pretty extensive list of Goldsmith’s greatest scores, or at least my favorites. But I figured it would be good to dive into some of his less known stuff. Goldsmith was incredibly versatile, and had the good fortune of being selected to score all kinds of films. He did feel a bit typecast in the late 80s and early 90s as an action film composer, thanks to his wonderful work on scores like Rambo and Total Recall. But the man was so good at scoring action I can’t blame directors for wanting his skills to help their films.
Goldsmith got his start in scoring for television. He scored for some classic television series like The Twilight Zone, Thriller and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. But the 1970’s gave rise to the television event miniseries. Goldsmith found himself scoring several miniseries and some of his best work can be found on these large canvas opportunities.
Three of my favorites are:
The Red Pony from 1973
QB VII from 1974
Masada from 1981