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Written in the wake of his landmark The Magnificent Seven, Elmer Bernstein's score to the 1964 madcap fantasy The World of Henry Orient is 180 degrees removed from its predecessor. A charmingly sweet and lighthearted evocation of adolescent pluck, it captures an innocence rare among the composer's work. Bernstein treats the larger-than-life escapades of the film's young heroines with admirable sensitivity, penning a series of whimsical themes that never belittle their teen spirit. Peter Sellers' titular pianist is not so lucky, however, with composer Kenneth Lauber contributing a vicious lampoon of avant-garde sensibilities.


Born: 04 April 1922 in New York, NY

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

If Elmer Bernstein had realized his childhood hopes, he might have been a successful concert pianist from the '40s through the '60s. Instead, thanks to his ability as a composer (manifested at an early age), and the timely intervention of World War II, he has for more than four decades been a major force in popular and film music, and a major influence on American popular culture. Born in New York City, Bernstein as a boy showed a consuming interest in music, especially on the piano. He was a natural...
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