OBITUARY: David Raksin, 92, Grandfather of Film Music



David Raksin

David Raksin, who composed more than 100 scores for movies such as Laura, Forever Amber, and The Bad and the Beautiful in addition to music for some 300 television series, died on August 9, 2004, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 92.

  • READ the New York Times obituary by Aljean Harmetz

  • READ Alex Ross recalls a lunch he had with the “one of the great inspirations in film-music history”.

  • READ “David Raksin Remembers his Colleagues,” his thoughts on film composers such as Max Steiner, Erich Korngold, Alfred Newman, Miklós Rózsa, Franz Waxman, Aaaron Copland, and Bernard Herrmann.