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Elliot Goldenthal
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Elliott Goldenthal in 2006
Background information
Birth name Elliot Goldenthal
Born May 2, 1954 (1954-05-02) (age 67)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Genres Classical, Avante Garde, movie score, Opera, Oratorio, Musical, Experimental
Occupation(s) Composer ,Bookwriter, Lyricist, Musician, Music producer, Theatrical producer
Years active 1979 - present
Labels Sony Classical
Varese Sarabande
Atlantic Records

Elliot Goldenthal (born May 2, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York City) is an American composer of modern classical music. He was a student of Aaron Copland and John Corigliano. Goldenthal is best known for his ability to blend different musical styles and techniques in original and inventive ways.

  • 1980 - Blank Generation
  • 1989 - Drugstore Cowboy score
  • 1989 - Pet Sematary score
  • 1991 - Grand Isle
  • 1992 - Fools Fire (TV) - directed by Julie Taymor
  • 1992 - Alien³ score
  • 1993 - Demolition Man score
  • 1993 - Golden Gate score
  • 1994 - Interview with the Vampire score
  • 1994 - Roswell (TV)
  • 1994 - Cobb score
  • 1995 - Batman Forever score
  • 1995 - Heat score
  • 1996 - Michael Collins score
  • 1996 - A Time to Kill score
  • 1997 - The Butcher Boy score
  • 1997 - Batman & Robin (score not commercially released)
  • 1998 - In Dreams score
  • 1998 - Sphere score
  • 1999 - Titus score - movie directed by Julie Taymor
  • 2001 - Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within score
  • 2002 - Frida score - movie directed by Julie Taymor
  • 2002 - The Good Thief score
  • 2003 - S.W.A.T. score
  • 2007 - Across the Universe soundtracks - movie directed by Julie Taymor
  • 1980 - Brass Quintet No. 1, Brass Quintet No. 2 (No. 2 has been recorded recently by Extension Ensemble, New York)
  • 1988 - Pastime Variations
  • 1990 - Shadow Play Scherzo
  • 1996 - Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio (recorded in 1995, featuring Yo Yo Ma)
  • Play "The King Stag" (1984 production of Carlo Gozzi's play by Andrei Serban)
  • Musical "Liberty's Taken" (an original 1985 musical co-created with David Suehsdorf and Julie Taymor)
  • Musical "The Transposed Heads" (adapted in 1986 by Sidney Goldfarb and Julie Taymor from the novel by Thomas Mann)
  • Play (Commedia) "The Serpent Woman" (1988 production of Carlo Gozzi's Commedia)
  • Musical "Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass" (1988 off-Broadway, reworked and recorded for Broadway in 1996)
    Co-Bookwriter, lyricist, arranger of the Latin text.
  • Ballet "Othello" (a 1998 ballet with choreography by Lar Lubovitch)
  • Musical "The Green Bird" (1999 on Broadway production of production of Carlo Gozzi's work)
    Stage director: Julie Taymor
  • Opera "Grendel" (opened 2006 June at Los Angeles Opera; not released on CD yet as of August 2007)
    Libretto: Julie Taymor and J D. McClatchy, after the novel Grendel by John Gardner, and the poem Beowulf
    Stage director: Julie Taymor

Awards and Nominations

Year Award   Subject category
1996 Academy Awards Nominated Michael Collins Best Original Score
Golden Globe Nominated Michael Collins Best Original Score
ASCAP awards Won Batman Forever Top Box Office Film Score
1997 Tony Awards Nominated Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass (Broadway Production) Best Original Musical Score
ASCAP awards Won A Time to Kill Top Box Office Film Score
Grammy Awards Nominated "Defile and Lament" ( from A Time to Kill)
1998 ASCAP awards Won Batman & Robin Top Box Office Film Score
Chicago Film Critics Awards Nominated The Butcher Boy Best Original Score
LA Film Critics Won The Butcher Boy Best Original Score
1999 CFCA awards Nominated The Butcher Boy Best Original Score
2002 Academy Awards Won Frida Best Original Score
Academy Awards Nominated "Burn It Blue" (from Frida) Best Original Song
Golden Globes Won Frida Best Original Score
World Soundtrack
Nominated "The Dream Within" (from Final Fantasy: The Sprits Within) Best Original Song Written for a Film
2003 Won Frida Best Original Soundtrack of the Year
Won Frida Soundtrack Composer of the Year
Nominated "Burn It Blue" (from "Frida) Best Original Song Written for a Film
2004 Emmy Awards Nominated Great Performances: Dance in America Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
ASCAP Awards Won S.W.A.T. Top Box Office Film Score
2007 Pulitzer Prize for Music Nominated Grendel (opera)
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