Published at: Nov. 8, 2006, 9:18 p.m. CST by merrick
ScoreKeeper here with news I regretfully must bear.
The world of film music fell silent today as famed composer and conductor Basil Poledouris lost his battle with cancer. A favorite among fans, his music will forever live in the hearts of those whose lives he touched through the magic of cinema.
With more than eighty film and television credits to his name, Poledouris, will be remembered for many great scores including, BIG WEDNESDAY (1978), THE BLUE LAGOON (1980), CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982), RED DAWN (1984), ROBOCOP (1987), LONESOME DOVE (1989), THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (1990), FREE WILLY (1993), IT’S MY PARTY (1996) and STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997) to name a few. He also composed “The Tradition of the Games” for the 1996 Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
One of the more recent scores of his I fell in love with was FOR LOVE OF THE GAME (1999). A rabid baseball fan myself, he empathized with those who love the true spirit of the sport and crafted a stirring dramatic score that was par for the course for Basil Poledouris.
The world can not afford his loss.