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Elmer Bernstein

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Composer and conductor, born in New York City, New York, USA. He studied the piano under Aaron Copland, giving public recitals by the age of 15, and attended the Juilliard School of Music and New York University. After writing music for UN radio shows and a brief career as a concert pianist, he began to compose film scores. His music for The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) brought widespread acclaim, and he went on to write over 100 major film scores in a style that drew heavily on jazz. Later film scores include The Magnificent Seven (1960), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Great Escape (1963), and My Left Foot (1989). Nominated 14 times for an Oscar, he won the award for Thoroughly Modern Millie in 1967. His final nomination was for the film score Far From Heaven (2002).

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