09 20 Oct '24

Laurence Rosenthal

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In his more than six decades-spanning career, Laurence Rosenthal has written music for over a hundred films and television shows. His early work includes the scores for Daniel Petrie’s A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and Arthur Penn’s Oscar-winning film The Miracle Worker (1962).

In the 60s, Rosenthal had a strong creative partnership with actor-director Peter Glenville, for whom he wrote three original film scores, starting with Becket in 1964, which earned Rosenthal an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score, and continuing with Hotel Paradiso (1966) and The Comedians (1967). The composer picked up a second Oscar nomination in 1972 for Arthur Hiller’s Man of La Mancha. Other highly acclaimed film scores include The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977), Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979) and Clash of the Titans (1981). Rosenthal’s arguably best-known work for television is the triple Emmy-winning music for the popular series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and its complementary TV films, along with the iconic Fantasy Island (1977).

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