Composer Details
Jerry Goldsmith
February 10, 1929 

Country of origin
United States 

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Born as Jerrald Goldsmith in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sometimes credited as:
Jerrald Goldsmith
J. Michael Hennagin
Michael J. Hennagin
Michael Hennagin

Born February 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jacob Gimpel and composition, theory and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by 'Miklos Rozsa' at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk typist in the music department at CBS. Here he was given his first embryonic assignments as a composer for radio shows such as 'Romance' and 'CBS Radio Workshop'. He wrote one score a week for these shows which were performed live on transmission. He stayed with CBS until 1960, having already scored 'The Twilight Zone'. He was hired by Revue Studios to score their 'Thriller' series. It was here that he met the influential film composer Alfred Newman who hired Goldsmith to score the film 'Lonely Are The Brave' (1963), his first major feature film score. An experimentalist, Goldsmith is constantly pushing forward the bounds of film music: Planet of the Apes (1968) included horns blown without mouthpieces and a bass clarinetist fingering the notes but not blowing. He is unafraid to use the wide variety of electronic sounds and instruments which are now available, although he does not use them for their own sake.

Biography courtesy of The Internet Movie Database 

View the filmo/discography of Jerry Goldsmith.

Other interesting sites:
The Jerry Goldsmith Discography Museum
The Jerry Goldsmith Film Music Society