December 11, 2017
Broughton, Edelman honored by Society of Composers & Lyricists
"Score" editor Lori Barth also feted at holiday dinner by Jon Burlingame
LOS ANGELES—Veteran film composers Bruce Broughton and Randy Edelman were honored as SCL Ambassadors during the Society of Composers & Lyricists' annual holiday dinner Tuesday night at the Skirball Cultural Center.
Longtime SCL board member Lori Barth was also honored for her 34 years as editor of the organization's award-winning journal The Score. She received a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 200 composers, songwriters and other members of the L.A. film and TV music community in attendance.
SCL president Ashley Irwin, who hosted, announced that film-composer greats Alex North (Spartacus) and Leonard Rosenman (East of Eden) were being named to the SCL Hall of Fame.
Broughton – a past Oscar nominee and multiple Emmy winner – was praised as "a composer's composer" by Irwin. Walt Disney Imagineering executive vice-president Tom Fitzgerald also spoke, citing his "beautiful and amazing" music for many Disney theme-park attractions over the past 27 years.
Clips from many of his film and TV projects were shown, including Silverado, Tombstone, The Rescuers Down Under, The Presidio, Texas Rising, Tiny Toon Adventures, JAG and The Orville. A six-piece ensemble performed a wonderful new arrangement of his Americana theme for Homeward Bound.
Irwin talked about Edelman's penchant for bringing "a contemporary groove" to his many scores and called him a "musical chameleon." Clips from Dragon, The Mask, Kindergarten Cop, Last of the Mohicans, Gettysburg, XXX, The Whole Nine Yards and Come See the Paradise were screened.
Quipping "you've heard of unplugged – this is unhinged," Edelman then played a medley of movie tunes at the piano, including Dragonheart, My Cousin Vinny, While You Were Sleeping, Beethoven and the MacGyver TV theme; and sang his hit song "Weekend in New England."
©2017 Jon Burlingame