Composer Leonard Rosenman was an instrumental force behind the modernization of film scoring, championing avant-garde compositional techniques like serialism, atonality, and microtonality to help redefine the sound and scope of Hollywood music. Born in Brooklyn on September 7, 1924, Rosenman began playing piano as a teen, and after serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II he settled in California, studying composition under Arnold Schoenberg and Roger Sessions. In 1952 Rosenman earned a fellowship to study with Italian composer Luigi Dallapiccola at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, from there he relocated to New York City, teaching piano and writing chamber music. There playwright Howard Sackler asked Rosenman to score the New School for Social Research's proposed production of Ezra Pound's adaptation of Sophocles' ...
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