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R.I.P. Shirley Walker (1945 - 2006)

 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 1:37 am   Post subject: R.I.P. Shirley Walker (1945 - 2006) Reply with quote


another sad loss...



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I am not well acquainted with the work of Shirley Walker, but it is sad to see the loss of another artist providing such enjoyment to lovers of film and television music everywhere.

There is a nice tribute at the filmscoremonthly messageboard.

Here is a link to her website
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 7:09 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


Oh my... it seems as if this is not a good decade for music lovers. Shocked

3 years ago Michael Kamen, Luciano Berio, etc.
2 years ago Jerry Goldsmith & Elmer Bernstein, etc.
this year Basil Poledouris, György Ligeti, ... and now Miss Shirley Walker. Sad

I knew her only because of her "Final Destination"-scores, I think she did more conducting & orchestrating for other composers.
61 years is not really an age to pass so early...!

My sympathies for her family!
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Here is a feature on Shirley Walker in Variety:

Shirley Walker, an Emmy-winning composer who also scored more major-studio feature films than any other American woman, died of complications from a stroke early Thursday at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev. She was 61.
Walker won a 2001 music-composition Emmy for "Batman Beyond," one of several animated series she scored including "Batman," "Superman," "The Zeta Project" and "Spawn." She won another Emmy in 1996 as music director on "The Adventures of Batman & Robin."

Her feature-film credits include all three "Final Destination" films, "Escape From L.A." (with director John Carpenter), "Turbulence," "Willard," "Memoirs of an Invisible Man," "Born to Ride" and "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm." Her final feature film, "Black Christmas," will be released by Dimension on Dec. 25.

Walker was well known in the industry as a mentor to young composers. As supervising composer on the Warner Bros. animated series, she launched the careers of several musicians who went on to their own successes in the field.

She worked extensively in television, scoring episodes of "Lou Grant," "Falcon Crest," "Knots Landing," "China Beach" and "The Others." She scored all 22 episodes of "Space: Above and Beyond," which earned her a 1995 Emmy nomination for original series score, and all 22 episodes of "The Flash" in 1990-91. Her TV-movie scores included those for "Asteroid," "Majority Rule" and "Disappearance."

Walker orchestrated and conducted several of Danny Elfman's early scores, including "Batman," "Dick Tracy," "Nightbreed" and "Darkman," and did the same for several of Hans Zimmer's early scores, including "Days of Thunder," "Backdraft," "A League of Their Own" and "Toys."

She was born in Napa, Calif., in 1945, attended San Francisco State College and performed as a pianist with the San Francisco Symphony and Oakland Symphony Orchestra.

Her film career began on Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now," on which she played synthesizers; she later collaborated on the score of Coppola's "The Black Stallion."

Walker's husband Don died in March. She is survived by two sons; her mother; two brothers; and a sister.

Plans for a memorial service are under way, with a date to be announced.


There is another article at The Film Music Society
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 5:20 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


So when do WE get Memoirs of an Invisible Man -- Nuff said

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This has not been a good time for Animated Batman composers. I just read that Harvey R. Cohen, who did orchestrations and composing for BTAS, among other things, died this week at age 55. You can read his Variety obit here: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117957432.html?categoryid=14&cs=1&query=Harvey+Cohen
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Wow, that is truly sad news LadyInque and he passed away at such a young age. It is truly a sad that we have lost so many talented composers recently Sad
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