Founders Award: Elliot Goldenthal

Elliot Goldenthal

MUSICAL VISIONARY
PAINTER OF SOUND
COMPOSER WITHOUT BORDERS


ASCAP HONORS ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL
WHOSE IMAGINATIVE MUSIC FOR THE STAGE, SCREEN AND CONCERT HALL
CONTINUES TO INSPIRE GENERATIONS OF COMPOSERS

Composer Elliot Goldenthal received an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award for his score for Frida, directed by his longtime collaborator Julie Taymor, having also received an Oscar nomination for the film’s original song “Burn It Blue” with lyrics by Taymor. Among his more than 30 film scores, Goldenthal also received Oscar nominations for his music for Interview with the Vampire and Michael Collins, both directed by Neil Jordan. Goldenthal has received two additional Golden Globe nominations and three Grammy nominations. Also notable among his film scores are Michael Mann’s Public Enemies and Heat, Neil Jordan’s The Butcher Boy (Los Angeles Film Critics’ Award for Best Score), Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy, his groundbreaking score for DavidFincher’s Alien³, and Julie Taymor’s The Tempest, Across the Universe and Titus. Goldenthal was inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Hall of Fame in Spring 2013.

Goldenthal has composed music for more than a dozen theatrical productions, including Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass, directed by Taymor. It received five Tony nominations, including Best Musical and Original Musical Score for Goldenthal, an Obie Award for Goldenthal, and four Drama Desk nominations. In 2006, Goldenthal’s original two-act opera Grendel was named one of the two finalists for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in music.

Goldenthal’s large-scale symphonic piece, Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio, was commissioned by the Pacific Symphony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. It was released in 1996 on Sony Classical Records and featured soloist Yo-Yo Ma. His Symphony in G Sharp Minor had its world premiere with the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa, California in May 2014, and received the Orange County Register’s Reger Award for “Best New Symphony.”

Goldenthal most recently composed the original music for an acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Julie Taymor for Theatre for a New Audience in Fall 2013, which received four Drama Desk Nominations including outstanding music in a play. A cinematic theatrical experience of A Midsummer Night’s Dream had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014, directed by Taymor with original music by Goldenthal.

Goldenthal collaborated with violinist Robert McDuffie and the McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble, who premiered a new work by Goldenthal in February 2015 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. He is composing original music and soundscapes for the Taymor-directed play Grounded, set to star Anne Hathaway and open in April at the Public Theater in New York. In addition, his ballet score for Othello will have its Revival Premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, with four performances running May 19th – 21st, 2015.

FILM

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - 2014 // Forest (video installation) - 2012 // The Tempest - 2010 // Public Enemies - 2009 // Across the Universe - 2007 // S.W.A.T. - 2007 // Frida - 2002 // The Good Thief - 2002 // Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - 2001 // Titus - 1999 // In Dreams - 1998 // Sphere - 1998 // Othello - 1997 // The Butcher Boy - 1997 // Batman & Robin - 1997 // Michael Collins - 1996 // A Time to Kill - 1996 // Batman Forever - 1995 // Heat - 1995 // Roswell - 1994 // Interview with the Vampire - 1994 // Cobb - 1994 // Demolition Man - 1993 // Golden Gate - 1993 // Fool’s Fire - 1992 // Alien³ - 1992 // Grand Isle - 1991 // Criminal Justice - 1990 // Drugstore Cowboy - 1989 // Pet Sematary - 1989 // Blank Generation - 1980 // Cocaine Cowboys - 1979

THEATER

Grounded - 2015 // A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 2013 // Grendel - 2006 // Recordare - 2005 // The Green Bird - 1999 // Othello - 1997 // Juan Darién, A Carnival Mass - 1996 // Titus Andronicus - 1994 // The Taming of the Shrew - 1988 // The Serpent Woman - 1988 // Servant of Two Masters - 1987 // The Transposed Heads - 1986 // Liberty’s Taken - 1985 // A Midsummer Night’s Dream - 1984 // A Gozzi Surprise - 1984 // The King Stag - 1984

CONCERT

Lyric Suite: Floods of Avon - 2015 // Symphony in G# Minor - 2014 // Othello Symphony - 2013 // String Quartet No. 1 “The Stone Cutters” - 2013 // Adagietto Doloroso - 2013 // Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio - 1995 // Pastime Variations - 1988 // Shadow Play Scherzo - 1988 // Jabberwocky: for Bass-Baritone and four Woodwinds - 1981 // Brass Quintet No. 2 - 1980 // Brass Quintet No. 1 - 1980 // Sonata for Double Bass and Piano - 1977 // Requiem Mass - 1977 // Los Heraldos Negros - 1976 // Pavane for Solo Piano - 1974 // Three Pieces for Piano - 1974 // Lemurian Dance - 1974 // Variations on Early Glimpses - 1968