Film Music Fridays - Episode 6


The Ten Commandments (1956), by Elmer Bernstein


We are back with the sixth Episode of Film Music Fridays, narrated by CineConcerts President, Producer & Conductor Justin Freer! In this week’s Episode, Justin talks about The Ten Commandments, the 1956 epic drama film produced, directed, and narrated by Cecil B. DeMille with its legendary film score composed and conducted by Elmer Bernstein. Justin dives into the instrumentation and specific instruments used in the score, in addition to talking about specific nuances heard in the scene when Moses (Charlton Heston) crosses the desert alone.

American film composer Elmer Bernstein’s (1922-2004) legendary career spanned 50 years and is cherished by generations of listeners and creatives all over the world. He composed "some of the most recognizable and memorable themes in Hollywood history", including over 150 original movie scores, as well as scores for nearly 80 television productions. Examples of his widely popular and critically acclaimed works are scores to The Magnificent SevenThe Ten CommandmentsThe Great EscapeTo Kill a MockingbirdGhostbustersThe Black CauldronAirplane!The RookiesCape FearAnimal House, and The Age of Innocence.

Bernstein won an Oscar for his score to Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) and was nominated for 14 Oscars in total. He also won two Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy Award, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

Read more at Wikipedia here.

Cue from scene discussed:

Composer Elmer Bernstein

What’s Next?


Stay tuned for the next Episode of Film Music Fridays on Friday, April 5th where we will be featuring Thomas Newman’s beautiful score to Meet Joe Black!