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Laurence Rosenthal to receive lifetime award

Laurence Rosenthal is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd edition of the World Soundtrack Awards, which takes place as the concluding event of Film Fest Gent on Saturday 21 October.

Rosenthal is a seasoned writer who has written music for over a hundred films and television shows. These include George Lucas’ “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” (1992) and its subsequent TV movies.

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Nadia Boulanger and Salzburg

Born in Detroit in 1926, Rosenthal began his music studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Upon graduation, he moved to Paris to study composition with Nadia Boulanger and to Salzburg to learn conducting at the Mozarteum. After his military service, he went back to New York and began composing for Broadway theatre and motion pictures.

Rosenthal’s early work for feature films includes the scores for Daniel Petrie’s “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961) and Arthur Penn’s Oscar-winning film “The Miracle Worker” (1962). In the 60s, he enjoyed a strong creative partnership with actor-director Peter Glenville, for whom he wrote three original film scores. His first was an exotic score for a Broadway theatrical version of the classic Japanese film of Kurosawa, “Rashomon”.

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Awards for TV

Over the years, Rosenthal has also composed extensively for television, winning seven Emmy Awards and two Academy award nominations . His best-known work for television is the triple Emmy-winning music for “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” and its complementary TV films, along with the iconic “Fantasy Island” (1977).

The World Soundtrack Awards

The World Soundtrack Awards were launched in 2001 by the Film Fest Gent (Belgium). The goal was to promote the understanding of film music and celebrate its auteurs. The event takes place yearly in Ghent, with a ceremony that is accompanied by the Brussels Philharmonic under the baton of Dirk Brossé.

Apart from the three main categories, the World Soundtrack Awards recognize other accomplishments in film music, such as:

  • the Discovery of the Year
  • Public Choice Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Sabam Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer
  • Major Contribution to the Art of Film Music and Sound
  • Most Creative Use of Existing Material on a Soundtrack
  • Best Original Score of the Year Not Released on an Album
  • Best Original Film Score of the Year,
  • and Best Original Score for a Belgian Production.

The list of 2022 winners included Jonny Greenwood, Nicholas Britell, Eiko Ishibashi and Bruno Coulais.

Ennio Morricone concert tour 2013/2013

More news from the award-winning Italian soundtrack composer. Ennio Morricone is embarking on a major symphonic concert tour over the coming months, surely one of the last items that he will do that at this level. He will be presenting extracts from his extensive repertoire with the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, with whom he was been working for 12 years.

The Ennio Morricone concert tour will be appearing between December 2013 and July 2014 across Europe and the US.

For details about the Ennio Morricone concert tour and ticket information.

UPDATE: Ennio Morricone won an award as Best Composer 2013 at the European Film Awards in Berlin on December 7, 2013. The award went for his work on the Italian film “The Best Offer”.

Buy industry talks from Narip

Narip is the US National Association of Record Industry professionals.They organise high-level regular events in the US, plus occasionally in the UK and France. Those that cannot attend can now buy recordings of the sessions. They cost between $39.95 and $69.95. So I’d suggest they are for people that are serious about the business side of music (because it is a business, remember?).

Subjects include music business affairs and very detailed talks from top-level music supervisors. Check an example below with music supervisor Ryan Fitch.


You’ll find the complete list of recordings at NARIP.


World Soundtrack Academy in Ghent announces 2013 nominees

Ghent Film Festival 2013The World Soundtrack Academy, part of the Ghent Film Festival, has announced the list of its nominees for the 2013 Awards in three of five categories: Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The names of the winners will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards & Concert on Saturday, October 19, the closing night of the 40th edition of Film Fest Ghent. Continue reading World Soundtrack Academy in Ghent announces 2013 nominees