I have just started watching Season 1 of The Waltons again, after so many years. I don’t know how many parts this series will have, but that’s OK.
From The Waltons website:
You may not know his name or recognize his face but you surely know his music. Jerry Goldsmith is the composer of The Walton’s theme.
Born in Los Angeles, California, on February 10, 1929, Jerrald Goldsmith would become one of Hollywood’s best-known and prolific film composers. He studied piano with Jacob Gimpel and theory and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklos Roza at the University of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk typist in the music department at CBS. Here he was given his first assignments as a composer for radio shows such as “Romance” and “CBS Radio Workshop.” He wrote one score a week for these shows that were performed live. He stayed with CBS until 1960, having already scored “The Twilight Zone.” He was hired by Revue Studios to score their Thriller Series. It was here that Jerry met the influential film composer Alfred Newman who hired him to score the film “Lonely Are The Brave” (1963). This was his first major film.
Mr. Goldsmith has scored over 150 films including:”A Patch of Blue,” “The Sand Pebbles,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Papillon,” “Alien,” “Patton,” “Poltergeist,” “Total Recall,” “The Russia House” “The River Wild,” “Dennis The Menace,” “City Hall,” “Congo,” “First Knight,” “Chain Reaction” and “Executive Decision.”
His TV credits include the themes for “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Medical Story,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Police Story” and, of course, “The Waltons.”
Mr. Goldsmith constantly pushed forward the bounds of music. In “Planet of the Apes” he included horns blown without mouthpieces and a bass clarinetist fingering the notes but not blowing. He was not afraid to use the wide variety of electronic sounds available to modern composers. His music spans five decades. In 1976, he won an Academy Award for “The Omen” and he received 15 additional Academy Award nominations, five Emmy Awards, seven Golden Globe Nominations and seven Grammy nominations. Jerry Goldsmith died on July 23, 2004