Rosenman; Serling; Buck Rogers (News from the frontier, 3/7/2008)

Leonard Rosenman, 1924-2008
Leonard Rosenman, best known to Star Trek fans as the composer of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 83. Rosenman, who once taught James Dean to play piano before the young actor helped kick off his film-composing career by recommending him for 1955’s East of Eden, suffered a heart attack, according to his family.

The composer of both film and television scores won Academy Awards for his work on Barry Lyndon (1975) and Bound for Glory (1976). He also earned Academy Award nominations for Cross Creek (1983) and 1986’s Star Trek IV, one of only two Star Trek films to receive this honor. Rosenman also won Emmy awards for Sybil (1976) and Friendly Fire (1979).

Rosenman is survived by his wife, three children, and four grandchildren.

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After two spectacular soundtracks from James Horner for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Rosenman contributed a unique entry that fit perfectly with Star Trek IV. Rosenman’s score still stands as Star Trek’s most uplifting soundtrack, befitting the overall message of the film.

One of my favorite scenes in Star Trek history is the reveal of the Enterprise-A at the end of Star Trek IV. Rosenman’s music at that point, as with the rest of the film, is simply perfect and raises the emotional impact of the moment. I rank him with Horner and Cliff Eidelman (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) among Star Trek’s most talented composers.

My condolences go out to his family and friends.

· The New York Times: Leonard Rosenman, composer for films, dies at 83
· Associated Press: Film & TV composer Leonard Rosenman dies
· USA Today: Oscar-winning composer Leonard Rosenman dead at 83

Serling to join Hall of Fame
On June 21, the Science Fiction Hall of Fame & Museum in Seattle will induct the late Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, into its ranks. Also being inducted this year are Ian and Betty Ballantine (publishers), William Gibson (Neuromancer), and Richard Powers (The Gold Bug Variations). Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was among last year’s inductees. Check out the SF Hall of Fame online.

NBC releases vintage shows online
NBC has released full episodes of a number of classic series, including Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Emergency!, Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, and the original Battlestar Galactica.

As reported last week, if you live in the US, you can catch episodes of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone over on CBS.com.

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