Laurence Rosenthal - Veteran Composer for Television and Film

Laurence Rosenthal - Man of La Mancha soundtrack CD cover Born in Detroit, Laurence Rosenthal cites Chopin and Korngold as two composers who had made a big impression upon him. He learned to play the piano from his mother and then studied piano and composition formally at the Eastman School of Music and then again with Nadia Boulanger at the Paris Conservatoire. During the years of the Korean War he composed band music for the armed forces, and continued his musical career in the Air Force composing for their Documentary Film Unit. He conducted his scores with the large US Air Force Symphony Orchestra. This gave Rosenthal some great practical experience which led quite naturally after the war into a career composing for stage, television and film. Among his television music is his work (along with Joel McNeely) with George Lucas on "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (winning numerous Emmy awards), and several dramatic mini series such as "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" and "Peter the Great".

Rosenthal's film work resulted in two Oscar nominations, for "Becket" (Original Score) and "Man of La Mancha" (Original Song Score or Adaptation). His epic score for "Clash of the Titans" is suitably Wagnerian (or should that be Korngoldian) in scale, with an heroic main theme, and lots of magical episodes for the Ray Harryhausen special effects and action sequences. In addition to his work for film and television, Rosenthal has continued to write for the Concert Hall and his compositions for this outlet are highly regarded.

As the composer approaches his 90th birthday, John Caps toasts his multifaceted career in Laurence Rosenthal - a 90th Birthday Toast.

Films by Laurence Rosenthal:

    Laurence Rosenthal - Clash of the Titans soundtrack CD cover
  • The Miracle Worker
  • The Comedians - set on Haiti with Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Alec Guinness, there is a strong percussion drive and a Caribbean feel to the music
  • Becket - oscar nominated
  • Hotel Paradiso
  • A Gunfight
  • Man of La Mancha - with director Peter Glenville with whom he worked extensively on stage productions
  • Rooster Cogburn
  • The Return of a Man Called Horse - confusingly, given their similar names, the original film "A Man Called Horse" had music by Leonard Rosenman
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Meetings with Remarkable Men - based on the book of the same name, starring Terrence Stamp
  • Meteor
  • Clash of the Titans - suitably epic, heroic and at times magical
  • Stealing America: Vote by Vote

TV music by Laurence Rosenthal:

  • The Power and the Glory - TV Movie, with Laurence Olivier in the lead role
  • Mannix - for which Lalo Schifrin did the theme music
  • Fantasy Island
  • The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - for which Rosenthal has shared composing duties with Joel McNeely
  • Logan's Run
  • Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
  • Peter the Great
  • Mussolini: The Untold Story - mini series
  • The Bourne Identity - not the film but the TV series with Richard Chamberlain

Laurence Rosthal Recommendations:

There are a few Laurence Rosenthal television and film soundtracks available including the following recommendations:

Laurence Rosenthal - Memorabilia:

Here are some CD covers signed by Laurence Rosenthal. Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to use his collection of autographed CDs. Click any thumbnail below to see the image full size in a separate window.

Laurence Rosenthal: 21 Hours at Munich - signed CD Laurence Rosenthal: Anastasia - signed CD Laurence Rosenthal: Clash of the Titans - signed CD Laurence Rosenthal: George Washington - signed CD Laurence Rosenthal: Meteor - signed CD Laurence Rosenthal - Mussolini: The Untold Story - signed CD Laurence Rosenthal: Peter the Great - signed CD Laurence Rosenthal: The Island of Dr. Moreau - signed CD Laurence Rosenthal: The Miracle Worker - signed CD Laurence Rosenthal: The Return of a Man Called Horse - signed CD