Charles Bernstein (composer)
Charles Harold Bernstein (born February 28, 1943) is an American composer of film and television scores. He is a Daytime Emmy Award winner, and a two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee. Since 1995, he has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Music Branch, and is a member Board of Directors for both the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the Society of Composers & Lyricists.
|Birth name||Charles Harold Bernstein|
|Also known as||Charles Alden|
|Born||August 14, 1953|
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Genres||Film score, television score|
Early life and education
Bernstein was born in Minneapolis to mother Mildred Wolf (1910–2011) and father Charles Bernstein, Sr. (????-1952). His mother was a pianist. As for his father, he "was involved in writing and producing music in his early career," according to Bernstein. Bernstein also has a sister Carol Auslander and a stepfather Julius Wolf. Bernstein studied music at the Juilliard School.
Bernstein did his first score for the 1969 Oscar-winning documentary, Czechoslovakia 1968. According to Bernstein, "I met the director, Denis Sanders, through friends at UCLA. It was a brilliant film, and I convinced Denis that I knew what sort of music would tell the story of the Russian invasion of its smaller neighbor. The film was unusual because it had no spoken words, only music and occasional sound effects to tell the story."
His first Hollywood score was for the United Artists film, White Lightning (1973), starring Burt Reynolds. The film marked the first of many collaborations between Bernstein and director Joseph Sargent. Bernstein also scored the sequel to the film, Gator (1976). Other films Bernstein scored during the 1970s include Hex (1973), That Man Bolt (1973), Mr. Majestyk (1974), Trackdown (1976), A Small Town in Texas (1976), Viva Knievel! (1977), Outlaw Blues (1977) and Love at First Bite (1979). He even wrote the dance music in the latter film.
During the 1980s, Bernstein scored the music for the horror films The Entity (1982), Cujo (1983), April Fool's Day (1986) and Deadly Friend (1986). Bernstein also scored non-horror films such as Foolin' Around (1980).
He continued to score music for documentaries such as Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994) and After Innocence (2005), with the former winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary. He also scored music for made-for-television movies such as Sadat (1983), Miss Evers' Boys (1997), The Long Island Incident (1998) and Out of the Ashes (2003).
Bernstein reunited with Cujo director Lewis Teague to score his films, Cante Jondo (2007) and Charlotta-TS (2010).
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Under the recommendation of his agent, Bernstein met with Wes Craven and was hired to score his film, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). On working with Craven: "Wes was easy to work with, he gave me a lot of freedom, but we could discuss ideas and approaches. In many ways he was an ideal director to communicate with because he listened well and was open to all ideas." Bernstein used an electric score since the film was low budget.
Bernstein is married to Georgianne Cowan. They have one daughter, Serina. They reside in Los Angeles.
In addition to film composing, Bernstein is also the author of two books. One of them is titled Film Music and Everything Else. The other is Movie Music: An Insider’s View. He has also taught courses in the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Bernstein has been a long-serving member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1995. He is also in the Board of Directors for both the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the Society of Composers & Lyricists. He co-founded the latter organization.
|1977||Special Treat||Episode: "Five Finger Discount"|
|1978||Who's Watching the Kids?||21 eousides|
|1987||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Episode: "Little Miss Perfect"|
|1990||Drug Wars: The Camarena Story||Miniseries|
|1991||Love, Lies and Murder|
|2000||American Experience||Episode: "Return with Honor"|
|2002–06||Alejo & Valentina||52 episodes|
|2009||Nova||Episode: "Darwin's Darkest Hour"|
|1975||A Shadow in the Streets|
|1976||Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby|
|Nightmare in Badham County|
|1977||Escape from Bogen County|
|Four Against the Desert|
|1978||Wild and Wooly|
|Thaddeus Rose and Eddie|
|Cops and Robin|
|Fast Lane Blues|
|Are You in the House Alone?|
|Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold|
|The Winds of Kitty Hawk|
|1979||Women at West Point|
|The House on Garibaldi Street|
|Malice in Wonderland|
|The Long Hot Summer|
|1987||The Last Fling|
|Ghost of a Chance|
|The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains||Nominated- CableACE Award for Best Original Score in a Movie|
|1988||A Whisper Kills|
|1989||Desperate for Love|
|Love and Betrayal|
|1990||Too Young to Die?|
|Fall from Grace|
|She Said No|
|The Love She Sought|
|Guilty Until Proven Innocent|
|Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus|
|1992||Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel|
|Trial: The Price of Passion|
|1993||Between Love and Hate|
|The Sea Wolf||Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries or Special|
|1994||My Name Is Kate|
|1996||Sophie & the Moonhanger|
|1997||Miss Evers' Boys|
|The Long Island Incident|
|Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble||Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries or Special|
|2001||The Day the World Ended|
|2002||Crossing the Line|
|A Christmas Visitor|
|Out of the Ashes|
|2008||Sweet Nothing in My Ear|
|2015||Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf|
- "Exclusive interview!: CHARLES BERNSTEIN [english version]". 14 October 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- Brown, Casey (3 July 2012). "Interview with Charles Bernstein". Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- Malhotra, Anita (19 January 2012). "INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES BERNSTEIN". Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- Borum, Jeremy (2015). Guerrilla Film Scoring: Practical Advice from Hollywood Composers. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781442237308.
- "Board of Governors". Oscars.org | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2014-09-01. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
- "Foundation About Us". ascapfoundation.org. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
- "Charles Bernstein". The Society of Composers and Lyricists. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
- Charles Bernstein biography at The New York Times
- Barnes, Mike (7 June 2011). "Silent Film Accompanist Mildred Wolf Dies at 101". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
- "Mildred Wolf dies at 101". Variety. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
- "Interview: Charles Bernstein on his score for "A Nightmare on Elm Street"". 21 May 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- Faulkner, Robert R. (1983). Music on Demand. Transaction Publishers. ISBN 9781412829236.
- "DEADLY FRIEND (1986)". 28 April 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
- "Review: 'Miss Evers' Boys'". Variety. 20 February 1997. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- Wright, Rayburn; Karlin, Fred (2013). On the Track: A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring. Routledge. ISBN 9781135948030.
- Charles Bernstein Interview on YouTube
- Quentin Tarantino Discusses Charles Bernstein's Music on YouTube
- "RZA Writes Music For Another Medium, Tarantino's 'Kill Bill'". Billboard. 8 November 2003. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
- Marks-Tarlow, Terry (2013). Psyche's Veil: Psychotherapy, Fractals and Complexity. Routledge. ISBN 9781317723646.
- "Interview with Film Composer, Charles Bernstein". 30 May 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- McNamara, Mary (24 March 2002). "Don't Forget to Look Gorgeous". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
- Gallo, Phil (2 March 2014). "Oscar Music Nominees Honored, and Drenched, at Society of Composers and Lyricists Event". Billboard. Retrieved 3 September 2015.