Obituary: Leonard Rosenmann
Jeffrey Pidgeon has a nice tribute to film composer Leonard Rosenmann, who died on Tuesday, March 4 from a heart attack. Rosenmann was 83. In a long and varied career, Rosenmann did too much fine work to be pigeon-holed as a genre composer; nevertheless, he did memorable work on several films: FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966), Ralph Bakshi’s LORD OF THE RINGS (1978), BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES (1970), BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (1973), THE CAR (1977), PROPHECY (1979), STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME (1986), and ROBOCOP 2 (1990).
Star Trek fans will recall that after the glorious orchestral adventure music that Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner brought to the first three TREK features, Rosenmann was brought in for a change of pace on THE VOYAGE HOME, The film eschewed phaser and firepower in favor of a comic adventure about saving the whales, and Rosenmann played right along, emphazing the human, uplifting aspects of the Trek universe.