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The Wind and The Lion

Jerry Goldsmith

The Wind and the Lion was written for a 1975 epic adventure film starring Sean Connery , Candice Bergen , Brian Keith and John Huston . The plot is loosely based on the real-life Perdecaris affair of 1904, in which a n American is kidnapped in Tangier, Morocco by rebellious Arab chieftain Raisuli (“The Lion”), principally as a means to embarrass the Sultan of Morocco. This abduction sparks the threat of armed intervention by President Theodore Roosevelt (“The Wind”).

Jerry Goldsmith (1929 2004) was a prolific composer and conductor known for his work in film and television scoring. He studied at USC and City College of Los Angeles. He composed hundreds of scores for many projects including among others, Star Trek, Basic Instinct, Planet of the Apes, Chinatown, Logan’s Run, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Patton, Gremlins, Hoosiers, Total Recall and Rambo. He was nominated for six Grammys , five p rimetime Emmys, and 18 Oscars (winning one for The Omen.)

Goldsmith was greatly influenced by movements of early 20th-century classical music , notably modernism , Americana, impressionism , dodecaphonism , and early film scores . His style has been noted for unique instrumentation, utilizing a vast array of ethnic instruments, recorded sounds, synthetic textures, and the traditional orchestra, often concurrently. He has cited Stravinsky, Rózsa , Bartók , among others, as some of the main influences to his style of composition.

Last updated on May 7, 2023 by Palatine Concert Band