This collection contains music scores and sketches, audio and video, office records and other related materials created during
the life and career of Elmer Bernstein. From Bernstein's early works and juvenilia through his transition from radio to film
and television in the early 1950's all the way to his later compositions which include works for theatre, recordings, and
live concert performance, the collection contains material spanning more than 50 years.
Born on April 4th, 1922 in New York City, Elmer Bernstein's career in the arts began very young. Having been introduced to
composer Aaron Copland at 12, Bernstein decided upon music as his course of study. Beginning with composing for Army Air
Corps shows on radio during the second World War, Bernstein's career spanned more than half a century, and resulted in 14
Academy Award nominations, 1 Academy Award win (in 1967 for his score for Thoroughly Modern Millie), as well as numerous other
awards in film, television, theatre, and commercial recordings. Having been "gray-listed" in Hollywood during the 1950's,
Bernstein struggled to find work easily, but he was brought back into the mainstream with his score for Cecil B. DeMille's
The Ten Commandments. Bernstein later broke new ground with his jazz scores to The Man With The Golden Arm, and The Sweet Smell of Success, as well as his scores for The Magnificent Seven (1960) and To Kill A Mockingbird (1962). Bernstein continued to compose until his death in 2004 at the age of 82.
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intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
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