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R.I.P. Basil Poledouris (1945 - 2006)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:03 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


farewell to the king...



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:51 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


TSL,

Thank you for that. Let us
not rest until they are all
here, for everyone.

Yes. We WERE ARE
changed by him.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 5:50 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


EMMY-WINNING COMPOSER BASIL POLEDOURIS PASSES AWAY IN LOS ANGELES

"Conan the Barbarian," "Free Willy," "The Blue Lagoon," "Lonesome Dove" are
among Poledouris's many film and TV scores

LOS ANGELES - November 8, 2006 - Basil Poledouris, the Emmy-winning composer
of "Lonesome Dove" and composer for such films as "Conan the Barbarian,"
"Free Willy" and "The Blue Lagoon," died of cancer Wednesday, Nov. 8, in
Los Angeles. He was 61.

Best-known for his powerful music for action-adventure films of the 1980s
and '90s, Poledouris scored both of Arnold Schwarzenegger's appearances as
the sword-and-sorcery hero in "Conan the Barbarian" (1982) and "Conan the
Destroyer" (1984).

His orchestral-and-choral scores are today considered high points in the
genre of music for fantasy films. Poledouris conducted a substantial portion
of the reconstructed "Conan" score at a concert in Ubeda, Spain, in July.

The first Conan movie was one of several films the composer scored
for director John Milius. Others included "Big Wednesday" (1978), "Red Dawn"
(1984), "Farewell to the King" (1989) and "Flight of the Intruder" (1991).

He also enjoyed long professional relationships with directors
Randal Kleiser ("The Blue Lagoon," 1980; "Summer Lovers," 1982; "White
Fang," 1991; "It's My Party," 1996), Paul Verhoeven ("Flesh and Blood,"
1985; "Robocop," 1987; "Starship Troopers," 1997); Simon Wincer ("Quigley
Down Under," 1990; "Free Willy," 1993); and John Waters ("Serial Mom," 1994;
"Cecil B. DeMented," 2000).

Among Poledouris' other popular scores were "The Hunt for Red
October" (1990), "Wind" (1992), and "Les Miserables" (1998).

In stark contrast to his music for testosterone-driven big-screen
thrillers was his music for two television miniseries: the gentle Americana
of the controversial 14-hour "Amerika" (1987) and the folk-based Western
score for the eight-hour "Lonesome Dove" (1989), which won the composer an
Emmy.

Poledouris was born in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 21, 1945. He began
studying piano at the age of 9, became part of a folk group in high school
and studied both film and music at USC. He scored a handful of television
projects in the early 1970s, but his feature scores for "Big Wednesday" and
"The Blue Lagoon" - both for former USC colleagues - catapulted him into
larger-scale features.

In 1996, Poledouris was commissioned to write music for the opening
of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. His six-minute piece, "The
Tradition of the Games," drew on his study of ancient mythology and Greek
philosophy and was performed by the Atlanta Symphony and a 300-voice choir.

In recent years, Poledouris - an avid surfer and sailor - moved to Vashon
Island, Wash.
He is survived by his mother Helen Poledouris; former wife Bobbie Poledouris
of Santa Monica; two daughters, Zoë and Alexis; his brother John Poledouris;
and dear friend Suni Kim of Vashon Island, WA. There will be no services. In
lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in his name be made to
the Catalina Conservancy or the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:19 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


Godspeed, Basil. You were truly one of the greats! We will miss you.
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I am a little late but i want to express my sympathy to his family...

movies Soundtracks have lOST a great great composer !

he has entered the pantheon of heroes !
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My thoughts go to his family.

And what an amazingly pretty "banner" sst has made for him!

Vil i fred, Basil.
[Rest in pease, Basil]
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It still makes me giggle when I see "Kitchen & The Orgy" from Conan The Barbarian.

I now promise to continuously request Starship Troopers and Robocop, and when they are exhausted, I will do it all over again!
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"In recent years, Poledouris - an avid surfer and sailor - moved to Vashon
Island, Wash. "

To get to this island, one has to come through my town and catch the ferry. He could have gone to Seattle and gotten on the feey also.
To think he was so close and so far away from the world. It is a very small island and they are a very tight community.

I will watch for news in our local paper.

We are once again blessed.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:37 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


Does anyone know of his own scores what one(s) were Basil's favorites? What did he consider his best score to be?
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I've only just recently become a fan of his work. I especially like his Conan STs. These are wonderful stracks that carry these movies forward. He'll surely be missed by us all.
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