STAR TREK, PERRY MASON, GUNSMOKE Composer Fred Steiner Dies (1923-2011)
ScoreKeeper here with news of the passing of Fred Steiner. There are different degrees of celebrity. Most film and television composers, while not known personally or perhaps even by name, are very well known by their work. This can be said of the prolific and talented Fred Steiner. If you read Ain't It Cool News chances are high that his music has touched your life in some way.
As one of the most prolific television composers in the business, Steiner is most regarded for his theme for PERRY MASON (1962-1966) as well as his episodic scores for hit TV series' including GUNSMOKE (1960-1965), RAWHIDE (1961-1964), ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE (1961-1964), and HOGAN'S HEROES (1965-1966),
As many shows as Steiner was attached to, the twenty-five episodes of STAR TREK (1966-1967) he composed and conducted music for, earn him his star on the Geek Walk of Fame.
On behalf of Ain't It Cool News I'd like to extend condelences to the Steiner family. May his music live forever!
If you'd like to read more about this great composer please check out this wonderfully written obituary by Jeff Bond.
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June 27, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST
June 27, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST
by dead youngling
June 27, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST
by Dr. Francis B. Gross
Or will I just have to cope with the sadness of the unmentioned random hero?
June 27, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
Sounds like he was very talented.
June 27, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST
June 27, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST
"wait... wait... one more composition..." no sir, take it easy. rip. i'd been listening to more soundtracks in itunes, so i've been digging your posts for awhile. keep rocking on. a "best of devol" cd set is what i want; where is it?
June 27, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST
by Carl's hat
are enough to get this guy into the tv music hall of fame. Legendary stuff; an unsung classic tv contributor.
June 27, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST
Steiner's Romulan theme from "Balance of Terror" got reused whenever a bad guy glowered on the Enterprise viewscreen. Daaaaa-da-da-da-daaaaa-da-daaaaa!
June 27, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST
June 27, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST
June 27, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST
June 27, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST
Excellent Music scores. Today's musicians should take cues from talent like this and try harder.
June 28, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST
You defined the music on Star Trek along with Mr. Courage. You've created Milestone in TV History. Thank you for that. Oh, and greetings to Jerry Goldsmith, while you're composing/conducting together now...
June 28, 2011, 4:19 a.m. CST
June 28, 2011, 4:19 a.m. CST
Oh, this guy was killer. His TOS Trek stuff was incredible. B
June 28, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST
by Dark Doom
Think about any TV show or movie without the music. Steiner rocked, fact, go ahead google it, you know I'm right. He rocked..
June 29, 2011, 2:56 a.m. CST
Mighty Fred Steiner, you made the kid I was squirm, swoon and cheer. Your music was so much better than we deserved. RIP
June 29, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST
I hope there is really something out there beyond. Peace.
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