Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Great Basil Poledouris 1945 - 2006

Basil Poledouris, one of my favourite film-music composers has died of cancer aged 61.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Poledouris used to sit in services, enthralled with the choir's sound. At age 7 he began piano lessons, and later enrolled at the University of Southern California to study both film and music.

Poledouris became renowned for his powerfully epic style of orchestral composition and his intricate thematic designs, and garnered attention for his scores. My favourites include Conan the Barbarian (1982), Conan the Destroyer (1984), RoboCop (1987), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Wind (1992), Hot Shots: Part Deux (1993) and Starship Troopers (1997) .

The man is gone but his legacy will last forever. Enjoy this Youtube video of his greatest theme: "Anvil Of Crom" from Conan The Barbarian.


Anonymous said...

I'm suprised you chose 'Anvil of Crom' rather than something more cheerfully militaristic from Starship Troopers? I believe you had(still have?) an affection for Klendathu Drop?

Lieutenant General Creedon said...

Klendathu Drop, the theme from Starship Troopers would be my personal favourite Poledouris track (Mark even used some as the soundtrack for this earlier in the year.) but I'd argue that Anvil of Crom (or even the Robocop theme) would be his best themes if not, certainly his best known.